The Sandman

Ralph Fletcher; illustrations by Richard Cowdrey

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Where did that little piece of sand in the corner of your eye come from? That’s easy—the Sandman. It all started a long time ago when a tiny man named Tor discovered that a dragon’s scale held magical powers. Ground dragon scales make magic sand that Tor sprinkles in the eyes of children to help them fall asleep. But how does he get the scales to make the special sand? He has to venture into the lair of a dragon, and that’s no easy feat!

This imaginative telling of the legend of the Sandman combined with fantastical, illuminating pictures will be enjoyed by the whole family.


Praise for The Sandman

"The old-fashioned look is refreshingly straightforward, free of irony and adult-oriented nostalgia."
School Library Journal
"[A] charming and comforting bedtime tale." — Booklist

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  • Ralph Fletcher; illustrations by Richard Cowdrey

  • RALPH FLETCHER is the author of many books for young readers, from picture books to novels. He has also published books on how to write, and leads workshops on the subject. He lives with his family in Lee, New Hampshire.

    has been a commercial illustrator for more than twenty years, and is the illustrator of the children’s books Frosty the Snowman and Bad Dog, Marley! He drew inspiration for The Sandman from a tattered copy of the Brothers Hildebrandt’s illustrated version of The Hobbit, which he came across many years ago. He lives in Gambier, Ohio.
  • Ralph Fletcher
  • Richard Cowdrey


Available Formats and Book Details

The Sandman

Ralph Fletcher; illustrations by Richard Cowdrey

Wanda Gag Award
  • Hardcover