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Nicholas St. North and the battle of the Nightmare King

by Joyce, William, 1957-

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Audiovisual j CD BK JOYCE
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
Call Number  j CD BK JOYCE
Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first book in The Guardians series hints at the origins of Santa Claus; here, a thievish rogue named Nicholas St. North is drawn to the magical Siberian town of Santoff Claussen to defend it against Pitch, the Nightmare King. Though Santoff Claussen is saved, wizard Ombric Shalazar knows the battle with Pitch and his shadowy Fearlings has just begun; having escaped after 1,000 years of imprisonment, Pitch seeks to poison the dreams of all of Earth's children. Ombric, impressed with North's (repressed) goodness, recruits him for a quest to find five ancient relics that will defeat Pitch. Ombric's adventurous ward Katherine; a tiny, spectral boy named Nightlight; and a robot djinni join them. A battle in the Himalayas ends well, with the band obtaining the first relic, but Pitch's return is inevitable. Joyce's detailed illustrations capture the multitude of fantastical settings, weapons, and creatures populating this fast-paced tale. Though occasionally sentimental and lacking in tension, especially when the power of belief easily breaks evil spells and revives beloved dead wizards, the story's inventiveness wins out.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Launching the Guardians series, a chapter book counterpart to Joyce's Guardians of Childhood picture book series, this beguiling clash of good vs. evil brings together several legendary figures, updated by Joyce. Key players include Ombric, a wizard who teaches the children of the village of Santoff Claussen how to make anything they imagine come true; Nicholas St. North, a reformed bandit who becomes Ombric's apprentice; Nightlight, a "spectral boy" who is guardian to Tsar Lunar, ruler of the moon; and Katherine, a brave foundling whose dream foreshadows what North will become: "a powerful figure of unending mirth, mystery, and magic, who lived in a city surrounded by snow." All join forces to defeat Pitch, the King of Nightmares (called "Boogeyman" by children), a mission that culminates in a dramatic battle in the Himalayas. With agility and flair, Joyce and Geringer build layer upon layer of fantasy and provide rich background information about the characters, while leaving much to readers' imagination--and much still to be revealed. As in the narrative, shadow and light play enticing roles in Joyce's b&w illustrations. Ages 7-11. Agent: Michael Siegel & Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Joyce, William, 1957- Guardians ; 1.
Subjects Santa Claus -- Fiction.
Santa Claus -- Juvenile fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Nightmares -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Heroes -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction.
Adventure stories.
Nightmares -- Juvenile fiction.
Wizards -- Juvenile fiction.
Heroes -- Juvenile fiction.
Moon -- Fiction.
Moon -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Nicholas Saint North and the battle of the Nightmare King
Contributors Doyle, Gerard.
Geringer, Laura, 1948-
Recorded Books, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Gerard Doyle.
Language English
Notes "With tracks every 3-6 minutes for easy book marking"--Container.
Compact discs.
Description 3 audio discs ( 3.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781461846857
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