The Iron Man

The Iron Man

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A stunning new version of a much-loved children's classic.

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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Product details

  • Hardback | 104 pages
  • 204 x 272 x 18mm | 698.53g
  • Walker Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour illustrations through-out
  • 1406324671
  • 9781406324679
  • 75,598

Review quote

Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales. * Observer * Hughes has never written more compellingly. -- Robert Nye * Times * This new edition of Ted Hughes' wonderful Iron Man is an absolute delight.
Stunning visual images accompany the familiar texts to great effect, and the
overall production is superb - everyone will want one of
these! * The Bookseller Childrens Booksellers Choice * Carlin's stunning illustrations bring new life to Hughes' classic and compelling contemporary fairy tale * The Bookseller * One of the most stunning classic gift editions this Christmas...Laura Carlin's dramatic composition has an emotional depth and sense of excitement that lends itself beautifully to the story. -- Lindsey Stainer * Bookseller * The ideas and experiences put forward by the text resonate long after the book is closed. * INIS * A lavish product and a treat to be read aloud and demands revisiting again and again. * The Bookseller * A stunning production...Spectacular. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * This attractive gift book with it's distinctive artwork, gatefolds and peep-hole pages, feels very modern and relevant. The message of co-operation and peace applies to any era and the stark illustration and conjures up an atmosphere of suspicion and fear until the red-hot fires of the ultimate contest give way to the beautiful music of the spheres. * Daily Mail *
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About Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire in 1930. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber and Faber in 1957, and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for both children and adults, including How The Whale Became, Under the North Star, Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998, the year in which he died.

Laura Carlin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of several awards including the Shelia Robinson Drawing Prize, the Quentin Blake Award and the 2004 National Magazine Award. Laura's work has featured in publications such as Vogue, the Guardian, and the Independent and her other books include The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett and Michael Morpurgo's The Kites are Flying!
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Rating details

6,457 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 34% (2,204)
4 35% (2,237)
3 23% (1,513)
2 6% (393)
1 2% (110)
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