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"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales" - Observer. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. "Starts superbly with a clanking iron giant to "Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales" - Observer. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. "Starts superbly with a clanking iron giant toppling from a cliff and lying smashed on the rocks below. Then his various parts get up and search for each other. Hughes has never written more compellingly" - The Times.


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"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales" - Observer. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. "Starts superbly with a clanking iron giant to "Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales" - Observer. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. "Starts superbly with a clanking iron giant toppling from a cliff and lying smashed on the rocks below. Then his various parts get up and search for each other. Hughes has never written more compellingly" - The Times.

30 review for The Iron Man: Unabridged

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    You know what it's like. You've left your wife, she's killed herself, so you write a story to cheer up the kids. We've all been there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    When you write a review of a kid's book, there really should be a way to give it two different star ratings. One for you, and one for the kids you've read it to. For me, this book might be a three star book. Four if I was feeling generous. I find it wordy and ponderous. Overwrought. The plot is pretty clunky and meh. I don't hate the book or anything, it's just doesn't do much for me. But my boy loves it. He wants me to read it to him over and over again. And again. I think this might be slightl When you write a review of a kid's book, there really should be a way to give it two different star ratings. One for you, and one for the kids you've read it to. For me, this book might be a three star book. Four if I was feeling generous. I find it wordy and ponderous. Overwrought. The plot is pretty clunky and meh. I don't hate the book or anything, it's just doesn't do much for me. But my boy loves it. He wants me to read it to him over and over again. And again. I think this might be slightly because my boy loves the movie The Iron Giant a lot. But that can't be too much of the reason, as the book has only a glancing similarity to the movie. (The movie is A+ excellent, by the way. One of my favorite movies ever.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Orey

    My kid picked this out in a bookstore because of the beautiful artwork. The illustrations in this edition are gorgeous. The story is a bit meandering, and there's some equally dated language. But the existential threats presented are great and scary, and the Iron Man is an awesome character. My kid wanted to read it again right after we finished it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Probably best known for the 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant, this enjoyable children’s book is a quick fun read. Fans of Brad Bird’s movie might be slightly disappointed that the original story is so different, but the basics are still very much in place. I personally think shorter stories make for better adaptations as there’s plenty of scope to expand a great story. Offered the choice I would likely re-watch the film again, but I could see this being a firm favourite amongst children.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I chose to read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as part of my Potions prompt for my OWLs Readathon in April. I am very glad I picked it up, because it was such a pleasant short read.  This is a Children's book about a little boy an an iron man. The Iron Man starts eating all the metal in the town, and the concerned town members capture him. But when a bigger danger comes around, the might need the help of the Iron Man after all.  The book was Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I chose to read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as part of my Potions prompt for my OWLs Readathon in April. I am very glad I picked it up, because it was such a pleasant short read.  This is a Children's book about a little boy an an iron man. The Iron Man starts eating all the metal in the town, and the concerned town members capture him. But when a bigger danger comes around, the might need the help of the Iron Man after all.  The book was beautifully written and it had many illustrations that supported the story. Illustrations are always something I truly admire. These may have been a bit too grim for me though.  The writing is very smooth and easy to digest. I believe that it is able to spark a child's imagination and curiosity. The book is entangled in bravery, friendships and adventure, and I am certain that it will be a child's dear friend forever, should they read it once.  I recommend watching the 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant after reading the book, for better enjoyment.  Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  6. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    "Sit up", he roared. "Sit up and take notice, you great space-lizard!" 😂 trigger warnings: fatphobia, fire This is a classic story repackaged with new artwork from Chris Mould and let me tell you, I ADORED the illustrations. They really made this story for me. Without them, the story would probably be a 2 stars honestly. I've heard the movie adaptation of this is phenomenal so I will definitely have to check it out! Thank you so much to the publisher for sending a copy of this my way!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    The Iron Giant is one of our favorite movies, and I remembered from the special features about it that it was inspired by a book by Ted Hughes. For some reason I hadn't ever sought that book out, but in the library the other day we happened to notice this copy of it on the shelf, and I grabbed it immediately. It's clear where Brad Bird got some of the basic ideas for the film version, but the book and film are different enough that they can be regarded as independent entities. As I read the book, The Iron Giant is one of our favorite movies, and I remembered from the special features about it that it was inspired by a book by Ted Hughes. For some reason I hadn't ever sought that book out, but in the library the other day we happened to notice this copy of it on the shelf, and I grabbed it immediately. It's clear where Brad Bird got some of the basic ideas for the film version, but the book and film are different enough that they can be regarded as independent entities. As I read the book, I wasn't distracted by thinking only about the movie. The book has the slow, unusual pace that often appeals to me in children's literature. It's meandering, thoughtful, and unexpected. Its conclusion is surprisingly poignant and beautiful. This edition is illustrated by Laura Carlin, and I love the varied illustrations that interact with the text, and the construction of the book itself, that features some cut-outs and some larger, fold-out spreads. I particularly enjoyed the two-page spread on pages 72–73, showing the disassembled pieces of the Iron Giant, en route to Australia for the final confrontation with the space-bat-angel-dragon. (I told you it's different from the movie.) This is a really wonderful book to just sit with and savor. I wish we'd discovered it much earlier.

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    (Read for book club - 13/07/2013) “Haven’t you heard of the music of the spheres?” asked the dragon. “It’s the music that space makes to itself. All the spirits inside all the stars are singing. I’m a star spirit. I sing too. The music of the spheres is what makes space so peaceful.” I suppose the only way I could start this review would be by saying that approximately thirteen years ago a small, likely annoying girl of four's heart was torn apart by the ending scene of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant (Read for book club - 13/07/2013) “Haven’t you heard of the music of the spheres?” asked the dragon. “It’s the music that space makes to itself. All the spirits inside all the stars are singing. I’m a star spirit. I sing too. The music of the spheres is what makes space so peaceful.” I suppose the only way I could start this review would be by saying that approximately thirteen years ago a small, likely annoying girl of four's heart was torn apart by the ending scene of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant. Never before has the phrase 'You are who you choose to be' and the robotic 'Superman' evoked such a pitiful flurry of tears in that of a hard-faced infant who, as I'm rightfully reminded of by my Dad, refused to see another film for months afterwards due to the sheer trauma (and, ironically, missed the concluding scene because she was too upset to continue watching it). Seeing as though The Iron Giant is quite possibly one of my favourite films in the whole world, it was to be expected that I'd experience some powerful waves of nostalgia as I sifted through Hughes' work. I wasn't wrong! If I’ve learnt anything about these things, it’s that learning the origins of something so emotionally embalmed in one's life can be either disastrous or wonderful, and I'm pleased to say it was the latter that I felt about The Iron Man as a whole. Charmingly illustrated, beautifully told and captivating in its own way, I loved every page. It shares the delicacy conveyed in the beginning scene, when we find the Iron Giant about to topple down the cliff into the sea, wrapped in the silence of the world. I never gave Hughes much of a chance given his relation to another writer who – I'm positive other GR users will no doubt agree –I'm very fond of, but I'm thoroughly enthused to read more of his work after finishing this. I was toying with giving this a five star rating but declined merely because it wasn't blown away territory and I'm generally quite picky about awarding a book the full amount of stars. Still, it misses only by an inch, as it really is lovely. A rusty fairy tale of sorts; remarkable in vision, gorgeous in words. A new favourite. Also: everyone go see the movie. Go, go, go!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Asghar Abbas

    The book was as liquid as its animated movie. Kinda reminded me of Bridge to Terabithia. Though the two couldn't be more further apart. The book was a little different from the movie, by little I mean completely. But what a message at the end, wow. What a message. So amazing. Alas if only. Funny thing. It was corrupted by them and yet it ended up curing them all. Oh yeah, if Only. Sigh. But humanity. Sigh. I'd give this one ten stars rating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Miloš & Brontë

    Pa: So you finished your first big book. How are you feeling? Miloš: Proud of myself. Pa: You should be. I'm proud of you too. Miloš: Thanks, Pa. Pa: Sure, so did you ... what did you think of it? Miloš: There was a great author. Pa: Who's that? Miloš: Ted Hughes. Pa: Why's he so great? Miloš: Because I liked the space-bat-angel-dragon. Pa: The what?! Miloš: The space-bat-angel-dragon is what I said, Monsieur. Pa: I thought it was the Iron Giant. Miloš: And the Iron Giant. Pa: So what did the space-bat-angel- Pa: So you finished your first big book. How are you feeling? Miloš: Proud of myself. Pa: You should be. I'm proud of you too. Miloš: Thanks, Pa. Pa: Sure, so did you ... what did you think of it? Miloš: There was a great author. Pa: Who's that? Miloš: Ted Hughes. Pa: Why's he so great? Miloš: Because I liked the space-bat-angel-dragon. Pa: The what?! Miloš: The space-bat-angel-dragon is what I said, Monsieur. Pa: I thought it was the Iron Giant. Miloš: And the Iron Giant. Pa: So what did the space-bat-angel-dragon there for? What did it do? Miloš: It was supposed to be the Iron Giant's challenge. Pa: Like his nemesis? Miloš: Yeah. Pa: So it was kind of King Kong vs. Godzilla, sort of. Miloš: Yeah, sort of. It was more like the Iron Giant was King Kong, but like I said he isn't that big, and the space-bat-angel-dragon is huge compared to the Iron Giant. Pa: Umm, so did the Iron Giant beat the dragon? Miloš: Yeah, only the dragon's job was just to fly around the world all night, every night, singing, cause all it could do up there was fly and sing. Pa: Was the dragon actually the moon? Miloš: No. Pa: No? It was a dragon. Miloš: No. It was a dragon. Pa: That's kooky. Miloš: It was more like a bat an angel and a dragon; that's why it's called the space-bat-angel-dragon. But anyway, I liked it. It was amazing. Yeah. Pa: So what about Hogarth, from the movie, was he different? Miloš: Yeah, a lot different. When we first see him in the movie he's riding his bike to where his mother is working, but in the book he is fishing and he keeps missing the fish in the book, but he hits a rock so he goes home. Pa: And how does he bump into the Iron Giant? Miloš: He sees him on his way home, coming out of the water, then he goes and tells his parents. Pa: So are they friends, like in the movie. Miloš: Yeah, but unlike the movie, everyone loves the Iron Giant ... as soon as the space-bat-angel-dragon falls down. Pa: So the space-bat-angel-dragon is the bad guy rather than the US Army? Miloš: Yeah. There is no US Army. No police. Only farmers. It's really only tyhe space guy. They super changed it in the movie. Pa: So which did you like better? The movie or the book? Miloš: The book. Pa: Very cool. What are you reading next? Miloš: I will read My Dead Girlfriend. Pa: Good choice. Miloš: Then I will win James and the Giant Peach, then I will read the Tiger book (a.k.a. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes). Pa: Well, congratulations on your big finish. Miloš: Thank you. Pa: You are welcome. Miloš: And ... Ted Hughes, this is a great book! Pa: I am sure Sylvia Plath will be glad to hear it? Miloš: Who's that? Pa: Ted's dead girlfriend. Miloš: Oh, I see. Thanks, Pa. Pa: You I love. Miloš: You me too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    The Iron Man is the inspiration for the animated movie The Iron Giant. The movie adds tons of details and depths to the characters and is definitely superior to the book, but the book is fun and pretty good in its own right. It has got a certain quality that will make almost every child fall in love with the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    I was thrilled when I got this copy of The Iron Man from my husband. I've always loved the movie The Iron Giant, and have it almost memorized in its entirety! I never knew that it was based on a book, nor that it was a book written by Ted Hughes! I shamefully admit that this was my first Ted Hughes book, and although I enjoyed it, it was close to nothing like the movie. That put me off for many reasons, but the biggest being that I was reading it with the movie playing in my head, which was prob I was thrilled when I got this copy of The Iron Man from my husband. I've always loved the movie The Iron Giant, and have it almost memorized in its entirety! I never knew that it was based on a book, nor that it was a book written by Ted Hughes! I shamefully admit that this was my first Ted Hughes book, and although I enjoyed it, it was close to nothing like the movie. That put me off for many reasons, but the biggest being that I was reading it with the movie playing in my head, which was probably my mistake. The Iron Man was more of a victim-turned-hero in this book than he was made to be in the movie, and the fighting scene at the end against the big black dragon from space was insanely brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the cleverness behind it. I would recommend to all who decide to read this book and have watched the film adaptation beforehand to think of it as completely independent from the movie. Otherwise, you will find yourself disappointed, as did I.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Catherine McDonald

    The Iron Man by Ted Hughes The Iron Man: A Children’s Story In Five nights by Ted Hughes does indeed consist of five chapters; designed to be read a chapter per day, although some children may find it difficult to wait a whole day to hear more of this exciting story. Set in a rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man. He forms a relationship with the Iron Man and he must save him from the adults. The fact that when he does The Iron Man by Ted Hughes The Iron Man: A Children’s Story In Five nights by Ted Hughes does indeed consist of five chapters; designed to be read a chapter per day, although some children may find it difficult to wait a whole day to hear more of this exciting story. Set in a rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man. He forms a relationship with the Iron Man and he must save him from the adults. The fact that when he does tell the grown-ups that they believe him and are unsure what to do really makes this story thrilling for children as they realise they are on an even footing with the adults. It is Hogarth that helps when the adults wants to trap it and when the Earth is in it’s hour of need; prey to an enormous bat-angel creature from space that threatens to devour every living thing on the planet, it is again Hogarth, the child, that sees the only one that can help is the Iron Man. Children love this book as it has adventure, mystery and explores different relationships. I think it is an excellent book to use as a stimulus in science or to create cross curricular links when reading it in literacy. You can look at the properties of different materials. What might have happened if the ‘Iron Man’ was made of wood, plastic, fabric or jelly? Plan an experiment to test the strength of different materials. A lot of silhouette illustrations are used in the book so you can cross over with light and shadows in science and get the children to make their own shadow robot puppets. For ICT you could make a stop motion animation based on the story. The book is also an excellent basis for looking at harmony within the world and how peace is created. The Iron Man wants to bring peace to the world and so possibly in Year 6, you can look at what war does and how to create peace in the world. It could be the basis in a debate possibly for PHSE or even a philosophy lesson where the answer may not be possible to find.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    Doesn't have a whole lot to do with the animated movie - which I love, and if you haven't seen it then you should check it out right now - but it's a pretty entertaining read on its own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ian Laird

    I suspect few come to this book without having first seen the film adaptation called The Iron Giant, the 1999 Warner Brothers animation directed by Brad Bird and co-written by him. The film is a masterpiece and is also one of my *favourite films, to watch again and again whenever it comes on. The book is wonderful but perhaps not a masterpiece. Let us deal first with the book, because I think it is necessary and pleasurable to return to the film. The charm of the book stems from the central idea o I suspect few come to this book without having first seen the film adaptation called The Iron Giant, the 1999 Warner Brothers animation directed by Brad Bird and co-written by him. The film is a masterpiece and is also one of my *favourite films, to watch again and again whenever it comes on. The book is wonderful but perhaps not a masterpiece. Let us deal first with the book, because I think it is necessary and pleasurable to return to the film. The charm of the book stems from the central idea of the impact caused by the arrival on Earth of a giant mechanical man. He can deconstruct then reconstruct himself by way of his component parts being handily equipped with homing devices so that they can link up with each other. Simply, the metal man falls down a cliff into the sea, the local famers relax until he returns and starts eating their tractors, so they build a big pit to trap him. When the giant falls in they fill it with earth. Before too long the metal man resurfaces, and is befriended by a small boy called Hogarth, who comes up with the idea of accommodating the visitor’s special needs by putting him in a scrap metal yard. When a space dragon comes to Earth (Australia, wouldn’t you know it), the iron man devises a challenge to outwit the monster and turn him from foe to the beneficiary of all the peoples of the Earth. The story is in five parts. Or to give the story its proper subtitle: A Children’s Story in Five Nights. This is the other important element of the charm of The Iron Man. The story reads like it is being told to wide-eyed children, sitting enthralled. A child as we know does not always require complete logic and the story of a big metal man from space is a gripping one. So is his developing friendship with Hogarth. The whole dragon sequence is, of course, fantastic in the literal sense but also, very appealing to small children. While remaining true to the spirit of the book, the animated film The Iron Giant improves the story by giving it a better narrative arc and locating the tale very specifically in a 1950s cold war environment, when the organs of authority (government, security agencies, the army) were perhaps more respected than they are now, certainly powerful, but nevertheless susceptible to paranoia and suspicion. A big metal machine is just the thing to disturb their shaky equilibrium. The threat to the iron giant does not come externally but arises from the paranoia of the time - where does the creature come from? Is it made by the Russians? The Chinese? It represents an unknown danger: it must be destroyed. This is in stark contrast to Hogarth’s thinking and those close to him. Hogarth understands the nature of the giant and that he is friendly: their relationship is wonderful, witness doing water bombs into the forest pool. In the film Hogarth, has a single mother and he is befriended by the beatnik sculptor who runs the scrap yard, both uncomfortable types in the 1950s. The sculptor in particular with his art, coffee and penchant for jazz represents a disturbing anti-establishment perspective. The soundtrack is superb too. In this way the story remains integrated and coherent, while maintaining faith with the source material: the ultimate threat comes from the sky, but this time is of their own making. Read the book and see the film! *To provide some context, current favourites include: Pleasantville, Blast from the Past, Cars and Ben Stiller’s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Whilst The Iron Man is a wonderfully descriptive and poetic story (there is a real sense of rhythm to Hughes' words which is lovely) the story itself seems to be composed of two separate halves. In the first half, we are introduced to the Iron Man, his fondness for eating anything steel and disrupting the farmers, etc. whilst the second half focuses on him during a test of strength with the space-bat-angel-dragon which has terrified residents and so the Iron Man seeks to make this dragon his sla Whilst The Iron Man is a wonderfully descriptive and poetic story (there is a real sense of rhythm to Hughes' words which is lovely) the story itself seems to be composed of two separate halves. In the first half, we are introduced to the Iron Man, his fondness for eating anything steel and disrupting the farmers, etc. whilst the second half focuses on him during a test of strength with the space-bat-angel-dragon which has terrified residents and so the Iron Man seeks to make this dragon his slave if the creature loses the battle. I feel Hughes could have really branched out his story after chapter three but instead he creates an entirely unrelated scenario which doesn't really add anything to the book. I didn't invest emotionally with the Iron Man but I think the main reason for this is the length of the story and left me feeling 'meh'. It's a nice easy read to while away an hour but lacks any emotional punch to become a favourite.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I bought this book based purely on how much I loved Brad Bird's movie adaptation, The Iron Giant. And I think the excellence of the film completely overshadowed this book in my readings. Hughes has a simple, lyrical style that works for younger readers. And he divides the chapters into episodes to make it easily digestible. However, the story itself has no real depth of character, and prefers to stay detached in describing the realm of the fantastic. We never really see Hogarth and the Giant beco I bought this book based purely on how much I loved Brad Bird's movie adaptation, The Iron Giant. And I think the excellence of the film completely overshadowed this book in my readings. Hughes has a simple, lyrical style that works for younger readers. And he divides the chapters into episodes to make it easily digestible. However, the story itself has no real depth of character, and prefers to stay detached in describing the realm of the fantastic. We never really see Hogarth and the Giant become friends. And the appearance of the space dragon is an interesting trickster fairytale spin, but it doesn't fit organically with the previous episodes of the Iron Giant on Earth. If I hadn't watched the movie I would probably be more forgiving, because the story has its charms. But when compared to the animated classic, The Iron Giant seems smaller in comparison.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    First let me say that I will not accept this as SF. It's a great story, a parable, a fable, a fantasy... but SF would keep track of relative sizes at the very least! And what about all that consumption; where is the matter going? Second, I coulda sworn that I read it before. I know I enjoyed the movie. And of course the movie is very different (though also quite good). But I thought I read the story, and yet almost nothing rings a bell. In any case, this oversized, artistically designed edition g First let me say that I will not accept this as SF. It's a great story, a parable, a fable, a fantasy... but SF would keep track of relative sizes at the very least! And what about all that consumption; where is the matter going? Second, I coulda sworn that I read it before. I know I enjoyed the movie. And of course the movie is very different (though also quite good). But I thought I read the story, and yet almost nothing rings a bell. In any case, this oversized, artistically designed edition gives the story great metaphysical & poetic weight & import, as one would expect from the poet Hughes even in his prose. I don't particularly care for this kind of art, speaking for myself, but here it's both effective and appropriate. Highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pink

    For a children's book (which isn't my favourite genre to read as an adult) this was pretty good. The prose is quite poetic and the story is engaging, both on the surface and at a deeper level. One to read with children, while still getting enjoyment yourself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhian Loxley

    I am about to start reading the Iron man with my year three class, and I cannot wait. Having had the pleasure and vivid memories of being read this story by one of my own teachers when I was at school. I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would enjoy reading this book again, now that i am an adult. I need not have worried, Ted Hughes' writing is magical and this story was made to be read aloud. In fact I have enjoyed reading it so much, that over the half term holiday I read the story alo I am about to start reading the Iron man with my year three class, and I cannot wait. Having had the pleasure and vivid memories of being read this story by one of my own teachers when I was at school. I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would enjoy reading this book again, now that i am an adult. I need not have worried, Ted Hughes' writing is magical and this story was made to be read aloud. In fact I have enjoyed reading it so much, that over the half term holiday I read the story aloud to my partner on a long car journey to Wales. The suspense and the visual imagery that builds as you read, really is spectacular. Having done my research, I am now aware of how Hughes came to write the Iron Man and it did not surprise me that the Iron Man was a story that Hughes made up over the course of five nights of storytelling to his children. After every part of the story he would go to his study and write it up just as he had told it. With this in mind it makes complete sense that the story reads aloud with such great ease and expression. From this story I will be doing a series of 3 lessons this week. My first lesson will be about forming opinions based upon the theme of recycling. On Tuesday we will be building character portraits, based upon the first chapter we will observe how our visualisations of the Iron Man progress as the story unfolds. Wednesday will see us doing a picture the author activity where we find out about Ted Hughes and make links between our knowledge of how and why he wrote the story and his use of pace and language. Next week we will be looking at character empathy and comparing characters from different stories as we are currently reading the BFG as our shared reading book. I would recommend this story as both a great book for reading for pleasure and also as a book to base a series of lessons on.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Roberts

    The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is a book that I came across due to the year four class I was placed in using the book for the basis of their Autumn terms literacy lessons. The Iron Man is a third person account of a metal eating iron giant who falls from space to impact on Hogarth's and the rest of the village's lives. The book was used successfully as the basis for a combination of literacy lessons due to the authors use of many literary devices which the class were required to learn that term. It The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is a book that I came across due to the year four class I was placed in using the book for the basis of their Autumn terms literacy lessons. The Iron Man is a third person account of a metal eating iron giant who falls from space to impact on Hogarth's and the rest of the village's lives. The book was used successfully as the basis for a combination of literacy lessons due to the authors use of many literary devices which the class were required to learn that term. It allowed the children to see how using devices such as metaphors, similes, climax and onomatopoeia could be used in their writing to make it more interesting to the reader. As well its use as being an example of creative writing, the Iron Man was used to teach other forms of writing such as newspaper reports, letter writing and persuasive argument. As the Iron Man is a short novel, the children were able to unpick the various themes within the book. The chapters are relatively short and all end with a climax, making the reader want to read on and the children begging for more. I would recommend all primary teachers read the Iron Man as it can be very useful in the classroom. It is suitable for KS1 and KS2 with different themes having greater relevance for difference age groups.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Connor

    A classic brought back to life by Chris Mould’s superb illustrations. The graphic novel-sequence presentation of some of the pages will appeal to lots of children, no matter where they are in their reading journey.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarfraz

    The Iron Man book is one of the most remembered books from my childhood. The adventure starts with an immediate introduction of the Iron Man, giving great detail in his appearance. The suspense quickly builds up as the Iron Man falls down the cliff and in to little pieces. The body parts then start to reassemble, one by one until the Iron Man is complete. A little boy named Hogarth appears on the scene, fishing in a stream before he is startled by the Iron Man. Hogarth runs home to raise the alar The Iron Man book is one of the most remembered books from my childhood. The adventure starts with an immediate introduction of the Iron Man, giving great detail in his appearance. The suspense quickly builds up as the Iron Man falls down the cliff and in to little pieces. The body parts then start to reassemble, one by one until the Iron Man is complete. A little boy named Hogarth appears on the scene, fishing in a stream before he is startled by the Iron Man. Hogarth runs home to raise the alarm and with the help of the adults, the Iron Man is buried alive. But when danger approaches and the Earth is threatened, it is the Iron Man who comes to the humans aid. The Iron Man, from the beginning, intrigues the imagination of children with statements like "how far had he walked?" and "where did he come from?” It gets them to start thinking before an adult even asks them a question. The vocabulary is simple yet effective with an informative writing style. The book can be read to a class; it can therefore be enjoyed by children of all ages whether they are 5 years old or 9. It is very effective for holding children's attention, even more so if an adult decides to verbally add some special effects along with hand/body gestures in sync with what is happening in the story. The Iron Man can lead on to further related activities depending on the age group of the children, for example: younger children could be asked to draw what they think the Iron Man looks like, others could be asked to construct their very own Iron Man using materials and elder children could use the simple 5 chapter structure of the Iron Man to form their very own adventures.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Hickey

    The year fours who I have been on placement had just read this book before I came in to their class and they were raving about it! They had made a huge roll of paper in to the story using pictures which was amazing. I liked this book as it was easy to read and follow the story. The picture which it creates in the readers head is quite clear. It details how two different creatures can coexist happily on earth. I think there is a lot which can be done with this book within the curriculum. For exam The year fours who I have been on placement had just read this book before I came in to their class and they were raving about it! They had made a huge roll of paper in to the story using pictures which was amazing. I liked this book as it was easy to read and follow the story. The picture which it creates in the readers head is quite clear. It details how two different creatures can coexist happily on earth. I think there is a lot which can be done with this book within the curriculum. For example in DT making their own iron man, acting out what happens in English, looking at conductors in science which could tie in with maths looking at time taken...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lenalovesbooks

    i read this in class two years ago as a class and i loved don't forget to watch the movie after

  26. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    4.5 Stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Different Is Beautiful

    Very very strong 4 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    Love the movie; it is one of my all-time favorite films. Did not love the original story. Despite the glowing praise from well-known literary figures on the book jacket, I did not find this appealing in the least. The story is dully written; I read it aloud to my boy and found the whole thing to be a drag, starting from the outset and the protracted boring sequence of the titular giant finding his body parts. Then a significantly bigger creature comes to earth and the iron giant taunts it and tr Love the movie; it is one of my all-time favorite films. Did not love the original story. Despite the glowing praise from well-known literary figures on the book jacket, I did not find this appealing in the least. The story is dully written; I read it aloud to my boy and found the whole thing to be a drag, starting from the outset and the protracted boring sequence of the titular giant finding his body parts. Then a significantly bigger creature comes to earth and the iron giant taunts it and tricks it into leaving. Even the art in this modern edition falls flat; it has no appeal to children, in my judgment. None of the charm, heart, and brilliance of Brad Bird's animated film adaptation is to be found in the original story, from which the film is only extremely loosely based. Skip it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)

    It's ok, but the movie is actually better. More consistent in tonality and it makes more sense. I mean I get that a children's book like this is going to involve suspension of disbelief but the iron giant starts speaking human language at the end, seemingly out of nowhere, with no explanation to why he can all of a sudden talk and why he wasn't talking before. Also it goes from attempts to trap him and possibly involving the military for his capture to a ridiculous giant space/star dragon the si It's ok, but the movie is actually better. More consistent in tonality and it makes more sense. I mean I get that a children's book like this is going to involve suspension of disbelief but the iron giant starts speaking human language at the end, seemingly out of nowhere, with no explanation to why he can all of a sudden talk and why he wasn't talking before. Also it goes from attempts to trap him and possibly involving the military for his capture to a ridiculous giant space/star dragon the size of Australia? (also the end plot is weirdly reminescent of The Paper Bag Princess ;) ) It's just I feel like the book wasn't that good at deciding what it wanted to be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mathew

    Probably one of the most memorable openings to a children's book alongside The Hobbit or There and Back Again and, for me, The Ruby in the Smoke, Mould has revatalised Hughes' The Iron Man with his illustrations. First published in 1968 and originally titled 'The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights', Hughes' tale has seen a fair bit of backlash over the last few years and I still scratch my head at this. This is a story about the good and bad that resides in each of us and how it is that Probably one of the most memorable openings to a children's book alongside The Hobbit or There and Back Again and, for me, The Ruby in the Smoke, Mould has revatalised Hughes' The Iron Man with his illustrations. First published in 1968 and originally titled 'The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights', Hughes' tale has seen a fair bit of backlash over the last few years and I still scratch my head at this. This is a story about the good and bad that resides in each of us and how it is that we tackle and engage with the unknown - universal themes that have driven all stories since as far back as we have recorded. As expected, Hughes' poetic narrative begs to be read aloud which was, after all, its original purpose since he had written it for his own children. What Mould brings to this edition is an engaging narrative shift between the pictures and words. The book is presented in a portrait format and large double-page spreads often have the words carefully moved aside for the huge hulking frame of the Iron Man or removed completely for wordless frames that celebrate the creature's magnificent presence. It is clear that he has spent a LONG time playing with choices with regards to how scenes and moments should be presented but barely a page goes by without an illustration which is, in terms of cost and time, very generous. Memories will always draw me back to Andrew Davidson's illustrations but there is no doubt at all that Mould has created something special and new here and given the story a new energy and engagement that will appeal to many and, perhaps, invite those who did not enjoy the story to reconsider.

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