A Reading Group Guide to Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare
King (part of the Guardians series)
by William Joyce and Laura GeringerDiscussion Questions
1. What does Ombric mean when he says, “To understand pretending is to conquer all barriers of time and space?” Is there any practical use for this saying in our own society? If so, who would use it and why? If not, why not?
2. Ombric wanted a village that seemed impossible. Discuss with the group their image of an impossible village.
3. What are some characteristics of a wizard? How does Ombric compare to the list?
4. What are nightmares? Have your group members ever experienced one? What did they do to stop the nightmare? How do they make themselves feel safe at night? Does anyone use a night-light?
5. One of the major themes in this story is good versus bad. Is there any such thing as absolute good or absolute bad? Are people born good or bad? Is goodness or badness something they learn?
6. Pitch wants to capture the good dreams of innocent children and turn them into nightmares. How does one protect oneself from having a nightmare?
7. What was your first impression of Ombric the Wizard upon reading the description of him and his talents, such as turning lead into gold, being able to walk through walls, his invention of time, and being able to stop time? Of all of Ombric