Title: The Sandman and the War of Dreams
Author: William Joyce
Series/Number: The Guardians #4
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Page Length: 256
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale, Adventure
Age: Children’s, Middle Grade
Themes: Friendship, Light vs. Dark, Courage, Bravery
“When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this: Pitch has disappeared and taken Katherine with him. And now the Guardians are not only down one member, but a young girl is missing.
Fortunately, MiM knows just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy—known in most circles as the Sandman—may be sleepy, but he’s also stalwart and clever and has a precocious ability to utilize sand in myriad ways. If the other Guardians can just convince Sandy that good can triumph evil, that good dreams can banish nightmares, they’ll have themselves quite a squad. But if they can’t…they might never see Katherine again.”
The is the fourth installment of The Guardians series and I can honestly say that it still continued to be incredible. It was filled with joy and hope. I loved meeting the Sandman and learning about his story. His story completely opened up the world building and added more factors to the story that I couldn’t even be prepared for.
The books are definitely different from the Rise of Guardians film, but they still hold the same feeling and messages. This installment really helped the characters develop and grow, while still discussing the themes and messages that are obviously important to the author to share with readers. It was an absolutely whimsical read and I still highly recommend the series.