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The Iron Man

Written by Ted Hughes

Illustrated by Laura Carlin

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018

This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes’ classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former Poet Laureate takes on the biggest theme of all time: how the world can be saved. Here, it is the strange Iron Man, an enormous creature who arrives unexpectedly and terrorises a community by destroying everything he comes across. But later, when a terrifying monster from out space arrives, the Iron Man fights him to the death and becomes a hero when he saves the planet from total destruction. Told in short chapters it is perfect for reading aloud as well as reading alone.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Iron Man Synopsis

Celebrating 50 years of Ted Hughes' classic tale, Laura Carlin's award-winning illustrations are now available in an elegant, gifty paperback. Part modern fairy tale, part science-fiction myth, The Iron Man  describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal  man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring  farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth  befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending  and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome  "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. Ted Hughes'  classic tale, with  its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

The Iron Man Press Reviews

"A classic is something utterly strange and original, and yet as deeply familiar and necessary as your own hands. The Iron Man is like no other story in the world and, fifty years after its first publication, we need it as much as ever." -- Philip Pullman

"A stunning production ... spectacular"  The Sunday Times

"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales." - Observer

"Hughes has never written more compellingly." - The Times

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ISBN: 9780571348862
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781406378412
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571327249
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780571348596
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 01/11/2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780571226122
Publication date: 29/04/2005
Publisher: Faber And Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378412
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Ted Hughes
Illustrator: Laura Carlin
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Science Fiction, Traditional Tales
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes is widely considered one of the greatest poets of his generation and indeed one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He was born in Yorkshire in 1930, and was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. In 1974 Hughes was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. In 1977 he was awarded an OBE for services to Literature, and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1998. His most widely read classic children’s story The Iron Man, has been adapted for both stage and screen, and is regarded as one of the greatest children’s ...

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