The Iron Man
Written by Ted Hughes
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One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from nowhere and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers’ tractors and diggers. How the farmers try to bring down the Iron Man and how his powers end up being used to save the world in a fight against the space-bat-angel-dragon unfolds in this brilliant and mysterious story. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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This classic has been chosen by Simon Bartram, September 2010 Guest Editor: "This is a strange tale about a giant iron man that roams around the land satisfying his appetite be eating farm machinery and scrap metal. The humans are scared of what they don't understand and plot the Iron Man's demise. Soon however, the realise that they need his help when a sinister visitor from outer space threatens the entire world. Throughout the book there are power struggles and conflicts until ultimately peace is secured by the Iron Man's bravery and wisdom. From the first page to the last, you are on his side."
The Good Book Guide Review. Hughes holds readers wide-eyed with this short, spare tale of a gigantic iron-eating robot that appears from nowhere and frightens all the villagers but young Hogarth, an observant boy who understands the Iron Man's needs. Is the Iron Man a threat, or will he protect the world against a fearful amorphous terror from Outer Space? A thrilling, suspenseful tale told by a poet.
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
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.
; 'Hughes has never written more compellingly.
About the Author
Interest Age: from 9 to 11
More books by Ted Hughes
Faber And Faber
29th April 2005
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