The Sandman

by William Joyce
Series: The Guardians of Childhood #2
48 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

A nice origin story of a character who overcomes his fears to help children with theirs.


His job was to pilot a shooting star, one of many that children wish upon. He granted them dreams to help them achieve their wishes. But when the Man in the Moon chooses him for a new task, he joins in the fight against nightmares and becomes "His Nocturnal Magnificence", the Sandman.


Sandy sticks to his objectives and is willing to grant the Man in the Moon's wish for help. He learns to overcome his fears and take up the fight to aid the children of the world.

Spiritual Content

Sandy provides dreams to grant children their wishes. The Man in the Moon seems to have somewhat intervened on Sandy's behalf by making a wish himself; MiM chooses Sandy to help him protect children from nightmares.


The Nightmare King hunts down and destroys shooting stars; Sandy's star is similarly attacked and he (and his star) plummets to Earth.

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A tidy little origin story for the Sandman, the second of the "Guardians of Childhood". Even in the few pages of the picture book, I was glad to see that he got a little bit of character development, more than the Man in the Moon had in his own book.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 5-7

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