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Anderson’s will present William Joyce at Pfeiffer Hall on Oct. 2


Anderson’s Bookshop will  welcome celebrated children’s author, William Joyce on Tuesday, October 2 at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. on the campus of North Central College.

Joyce visits to share his next book in The Guardians of Childhood series for middle readers, Sandman.

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Fans can meet the author at a rare booksigning, beginning at 7PM. Tickets, required, are available with the purchase of the new book from Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville. Companion tickets are $5 more. The event also features a showing of Joyce’s Academy Award-winning short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

About the book: The second picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series tells how the Sandman dreamed up his sweet-dreams legacy. One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan! Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. So Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dream, how can MiM convince him how important this new role is to the happy-being of children everywhere? And secondly, how can MiM keep this snoozy ally awake long enough to help?

This follow-up to The Man in the Moon, a New York Times bestseller called “dazzlingly inventive,” by Publishers Weekly, introduces us to the sleepy little fellow to whom we owe many a good nights’ rest, the second Guardian of Childhood, the Sandman.

About the author: William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (#1!) and The Man in the Moon, as well as Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!, and Santa Calls. He’s won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He’s currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is the cofounder of Moonbot Studios.

Anderson’s booksigning event with William Joyce is part of Anderson’s Bookshops’ calendar of special author appearances. To participate, please call or visit Anderson’s. A purchase of the author’s new book at Anderson’s includes a priority number for the signing line. Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, booksignings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations.

 Did you know? In 1878, Oswald’s pharmacy began selling books as a service to customers. So successful was that side of the business that it became an independent entity in 1964. Based in downtown Naperville, the store has grown with the community ever since. A second location is also open in downtown Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630)-963-2665. A gift shop, Anderson’s Two-Doors East, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville, opened in the fall of 2009.

Anderson’s Bookshop and Oswald’s Pharmacy are members of IndieBound Naperville, a group of independent locally-owned small businesses.


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