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The Iron Man: A Story in Five Nights Paperback – Illustrated, 24 Apr 1989

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Product details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (24 April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571141498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571141494
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 0.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,484 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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"'One of the greatest of modern fairytales.' Observer 'Hughes has never written more compellingly.' The Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Iron Man, the bestselling classic by Ted Hughes, is a fantastically imaginative and powerful modern fairy tale. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I never read this book when I was a boy, and my children missed out on it too. I read it for the first time recently, and this weekend tried it out on my two grandchildren aged five and seven. They've never heard of Ted Hughes, and don't know what a poet laureate is, but they know a good story when they hear one. They came down from the ceiling, sat still and quiet, listened spellbound for the duration, then went happily off to sleep. The next 'night' I only had to mention The Iron Man and they were ready for it. What more could you ask from a children's book? The 'nights' are just long enough for reading to children as bedtime stories, and the language is simple enough for youngish children to be able to read it themselves. Even granddads can enjoy it.
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I first read this book when I was at primary school, and 25 yrs later, still love it to this day, I even read it to my daughter when she was younger and she got hooked from the first page as he was introduced with the famous into "Where did he come from?nobody knows" This book is a classic in my eyes and im sure other readers agree.
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A Kid's Review on 10 Nov. 2010
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The moment I started reading this exiting, brilliant, fantastic book, I knew that I was going to love it! The Iron Man is very annoying to the farmers, but when a scary, black, colossal dragon lands on earth and only eats living things, the people of the world start to worry. Who will save the universe? I love this wonderful book, it's the best book I've ever read and I rate it 10/10!
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2014
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Ted Hughes’ ‘The Iron Man’ is still a delight to read even though I am so much older than when I first read it. The writing is full of lyricism and the illustrations by Andrew Davidson which were done as wood engravings are a pleasure to look at.

When a giant iron man is first seen he spreads fear, especially as he eats all the metal in the area, and after the people think they have finally got rid of him he reappears. Hogarth, a little boy befriends the giant and an answer is found to a way of keeping him from eating all the metal in sight, which is agreeable to the giant and everyone else. When the Earth faces a danger from a creature from out of space the iron giant has a plan and thus sets out to save the world.

A fantastical story which has been called a modern fairy tale this takes in the fear of the unknown, friendship, courage and honour, and is an enthralling and enjoyable read for children and adults alike.
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The Iron Man is wrtten by Ted Hughes and is a story. It is about a monster called the Iron Man and a dragon called the Space Bat Angel Dragon. Hogarth is a little boy who makes friends with the Iron Man and helps him save the world. It is set in Australia and other parts of the planet Earth. The best bit is the ending but we won't tell you about this as we might spoil it for you. We think it is a great book and it is suitable for children in school from 6-8 years of age.
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I really enjoyed this story it showed that people would come together to solve the problem of the Iron Man trashing the place. The community didn't get it right the first time by trying to bury the Iron Man alive. But eventually after thought and working together they found the solution that worked for them as members of the community as well as the Iron Man himself. The story was slightly unpredictable as you are expecting the villagers to try and get rid of the Iron Man throughout the story but this isn't always the case. I enjoyed the imaginative way in which the story is wrote, it is a book which kept my interest. It had the theme of good will happen in the end as the farmers and villagers made peace and in theory did the right thing. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and I would recommend the book to boys and girls alike of similar age to myself. (9 years old). Thank you
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I purchased this for my 8 yr old grandaughter who was writing about the Iron Man at school. I read it myself as soon as it arrived! She was very thrilled and learned quite a lot and was able to answer a lot of the questions about the Iron Man before they had completed the project at school.
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We have used this book all week in our literacy lessons and we have really enjoyed it! It is good for your imagination and Ted Hughes uses lots of different language features to make his book interesting. Especially short sentences, which build tension - we used these in our writing to make our writing more successful.
The book is about a boy called Hogarth who discovers a huge man made out of iron - the Iron Man!
It leads the reader on an adventure with Hogarth and the Iron Man, involving a bunch of farmers, a hungry Iron man who eats their farm machinery and a problematic Space Bat Angel Dragon!
It is an adventrue not to be missed. We would reccommend this book for any age as even our teacher enjoyed it!
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