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Final Score: 77/80 = 96%My Review of The Man in the MoonMy Review of Nicholas St. North Chapter Book*The Gush*
I didn’t think it was possible but I liked this book in some ways better than [b:The Man in the Moon|10390182|The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood, #1)|William Joyce|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361199496s/10390182.jpg|15293932]!
As previously stated, my first experience with these characters is from the movie. Sandy was one of my favorites because he was such a daring character. Most silent animated characters are barely remembered at all, so to have one of your main Guardians with no voice actor must have been daunting. And yet the character not only stood out but had a wonderful personality and was easily one of the most beloved and easily memorable of the main characters, all while saying nothing very loudly!
Needless to say, I had to know his back story. What I found was a delightful tale of a pilot of a shooting star that dreamed the wishes of people who wished upon his star in order to help make them come true. But as always, Pitch brings ruination and causes the crash of the star. I noted the time “Sandy knew fear, and his fear only made Pitch stronger.” This might explain some parts of the movie I didn’t quite understand. The dream island is beautiful and also explains why many of the dreams in the movie were manta rays. I like that MiM chose him to help the children’s dreams when the Moon is not bright enough. I love it when plot holes are filled! And I like that even a Guardian knows fear and has to overcome it. They are not super beings. The best part, however, is the end where it is explained what you should do if a nightmare slips into your dreams. Another perfect bedtime story.
I think something that really bothered me in the movie, Sandy’s return after his ‘death’, is explained at the end of this book. Sandy defeats the nightmares by saying, “You are not real. You are not true. You are nothing.” Rather like Jamie’s, “I believe in you, I’m just not afraid of you,” from the movie. Also Sandy’s peaceful expression before he is swallowed lends credence to this theory.
I will note that unlike the previous book, all the illustrations in this book are in color, even the ones Pitch is in. Is this because of the brightness and color of children’s dreams? I know some people don’t dream in color but I always have. Maybe I’m reading too much into these books.
Pitch from [b:The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie|13547099|The Sandman The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (Guardians of Childhood)|William Joyce|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361368464s/13547099.jpg|19112233]
Pitch from [b:The Man in the Moon|10390182|The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood, #1)|William Joyce|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361199496s/10390182.jpg|15293932]
Once again the illustrations have a richness and a depth that pairs beautifully with the story and the larger idea. In some ways, these pictures are more whimsical and are very delightful. I can’t decide if I like the Mermaids or the Sea Shell soldiers better!*The Rant*
Where was this series when I was young?!*Conclusion*
This is another delightful addition to William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood series. I only wish this had come out when I was a child.