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  • Hardcover: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375871497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375871498
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.8 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

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By Stay-at-home-Dad on 20 Mar. 2013
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Laura Carlin's beautifully illustrated version of Ted Hughes' classic tale (far removed from the more saccharine animated film version) should be on every child's bookshelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
an elegant book of sophisticated language, surprisingly accessible to children 20 Jan. 2012
By Neurasthenic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First, you should know that this book, though the basis of the Iron Giant animated film, differs from it significantly. The early parts of the book, in which Hogarth meets the giant, are similar, but the ultimate conflict is totally different. The almost overt christian symbolism of the movie (in which the giant sacrifices himself for our sins and is reborn), is much more subtle in the book and perhaps not there at all. The earth is threatened by a monster from space and the giant subjects himself to great suffering in order to trick the creature into self-immolation.

Sound like kiddie stuff? Oddly, my four-year-old son loves this book and I have read it to him many times. Perhaps he can relate to the situation of Hogarth and can imagine himself as defender and champion of this massive, mysterious creature. I think he also likes the language, which is repetitive without ever being cloying. Hughes has no fear of long compound sentences or polysyllabic latinate words.

The lesson of the book is similar to that of the movie, about assuming the best of others, and taking risks to defend those you care for, but the book is more sophisticated. The art in this edition is lovely, and fits the tone of the book much better than stills from the movie possibly could.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Expected the "abridged" version and had my mind blown. 3 Aug. 2013
By Brooke Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only is this the unedited, unabridged, original story by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, the illustrations and way this book is done will amaze and astound you. A must-buy for all collectors and lovers of classic books, young and old, old and new.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely story--beautiful illustrations 10 April 2014
By Amanda D - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a librarian with two boys, 5 and 3, who love robots and books. This is a little long for the 3 year old and I usually skip some of the wordier parts for him, but the 5 year old is engrossed with the whole thing. The illustrations are very unique and appealing and the language is just wonderful for reading aloud. This is a big hit at my house and I am so glad I purchased it for our collection.
Beautiful 2 Jan. 2013
By Marigold Haske - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. The art and layout is beautiful. However, the kids weren't too interested in it (4 and 6 years old). Based on other reviews I expected it to be different from the movie, but did not expect it to be so different. I only knew this story through the excellent movie, so this original story initially strikes me as wrong. I will return to it again to judge when it has sunk in a bit more.

Beyond the literary content - I love having this beautiful book on my shelf.
Got the book after I saw the movie.. ... 31 July 2014
By sharon - Published on Amazon.com
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Got the book after I saw the movie.. Ted Hughes writes children's books...He was Sylvia Plath's husband. The character in the story is hogarth "Hughes".
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