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William Joyce

Biography

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff --- films, apps, Olympic curling --- but children’s books are his true bailiwick (BILLY'S BOOGER; THE NUMBERLYS; THE MAN ON THE MOON; NICHOLAS ST. NORTH AND THE BATTLE OF THE NIGHTMARE KING; A BEAN, A STALK, AND A BOY NAMED JACK; and the #1 New York Times bestselling THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

William Joyce

Books by William Joyce

by William Joyce - Adventure, Children's 7-11, Friendship

In the secret realm of toys, there are many mysteries. There is the Code of the Toys, which is as ancient as childhood. There’s also the magic of becoming a child’s favorite, the highest honor in the Toy World. Made by hand by Billy’s mother, Ollie is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” He becomes Billy’s best friend, confidant, pal, and yes, Billy’s “favorite.” But there are villains in the Toy World, and Zozo, the clown king, is the most feared. He and his toy henchman (the Creeps) have sworn to steal and imprison favorite toys until they forget their children and become forever lost. When Ollie is toynapped, Billy must rescue his beloved favorite from Zozo’s subterranean lair in the old Carnival Place, past the park, through the woods, and into the night.

by William Joyce - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fairy Tale, Fiction, Picture

Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. On one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill.

by William Joyce - Children's, Picture
Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests --- he might not get the answer right, but doesn’t it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn’t think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea that just might help Billy better direct his illustrative energies: a book-making contest! Billy gets right to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and…mucus? Yep, his book is going to be about the world’s smartest booger, who stays tucked away until needed.
written by William Joyce, illustrated by Christina Ellis - Children's, Picture

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers…Life was…fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very…numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more. So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters—and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing. And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!

by William Joyce - Fantasy, Fiction

Pitch has disappeared and taken Katherine with him. Fortunately, the Man in the Moon knows just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy --- known in most circles as the Sandman --- may be sleepy, but he’s also stalwart and clever and has a precocious ability to utilize sand in myriad ways.

by William Joyce - Picture

Strange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can’t reach. It’s not your fault! It’s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. All the things that bug you. All the things that YOU get blamed for!

by William Joyce - Children's, Fiction

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? 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.