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The Iron Man

Written by Ted Hughes

Illustrated by Laura Carlin

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LoveReading View on The Iron Man

A stunning new version of a much-loved children's classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. 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 he 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. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is here presented as part of an exciting new collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

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The Iron Man Synopsis

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 he 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.

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 Press Reviews

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

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

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All versions of this book

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

ISBN: 9781406324679
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: 9781406324679
Publication date: 1st November 2010
Author: Ted Hughes
Illustrator: Laura Carlin
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: 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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