A Reading Group Guide for: The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
By William Joyce Discussion Questions
1.Before you read this book, what did you know about the Sandman? How did you learn about him? Has your perception of the Sandman changed after reading this story?
2.Is it true “a wish always begins with a dream”? Do all wishes come from dreams? Explain.
3.Does the constellation Orion compare in any way to Pitch, the Nightmare King?
4.How did the wishes of the children from Earth help Sanderson when he was attacked by Pitch and his minions?
5.When Sanderson was attacked by Pitch, it was the first time Sandy had felt fear. What is fear? What puts fear into one’s heart? What is your greatest fear? What do you do when you are frightened? Discuss ways to cope with scary situations.
6.Sandy was stranded on his sand dune. How was Sandy able to learn what fears children of the earth have? How did this knowledge help Sandy help the children?
7.The second time Sandy felt fear was when he realized he would have to face Pitch the Nightmare King in order to help the children of Earth. What activity did he need to do to help him plan a course of action that allowed him to help the children?
8.What is a lullaby? What is the purpose of a lullaby? Has anyone sung a lullaby to you? If so, how did this music make you