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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Sandman (Picture Book)



Released May 2008

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Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Tor was a teensy tiny man only a few inches tall, but he had a big time problem that many people have. He couldn’t sleep at night because his head was full of everything except dreams. He tried all the usual sorts of things to get to sleep and things like counting stars, drinking warm water and taking hot baths. Ugh! Nothing worked for him.

One day when Tor was walking in the forest, he found an unusual thing, a dragon’s scale. When he was smoothing off the sharp edges, he became so tired he fell asleep on his workshop floor. There must have been something magical about the dust the scale created! He began to go to houses where children were and sprinkled some of his sand in their eyes. Tor, the Sandman, soon ran out of his magical dust. He was just going to have to find that dragon because there are lots of little boys and girls who needed a visit from him!

The story is whimsical and imaginative and will entrance your sleepy headed children. Richard Cowdrey’s art work is always stunning is no exception in this book, especially his two-page rendition of the dragon. This is a cuddle up, bedtime story you’re going to love!

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