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The Iron Man: A Story in Five Nights [Hardcover]

Ted Hughes , Andrew Davidson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

14 Oct 1985
A children's story about a clanking iron giant that topples from a cliff and lies smashed on the rocks below. Then, his various parts begin to stir and reach out for one another. The Iron Man is ready to walk again - and he is very hungry.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 53 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Children's Books; New edition edition (14 Oct 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571136753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571136759
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,326 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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A stunning new version of a much-loved children's classic. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, simple storytelling 6 Oct 2008
By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Man 3 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 April 2006
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book 10 Nov 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple and Powerful Book 7 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Unpatronising and lyrical prose make this a book that begs to be read aloud, the repetition of phrasing and short sentences mean it has a true poetry to it. There are wonderful and enduring images, helped by the pen and ink illustrations that just bring the book to life. The strong ecological slant is very pertinent to today's reader but there is so much more to be got out of this book with very little effort at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 15 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is what my 7 year old son thought in his own words after reading it: I like it when the Iron man falls off the cliff and when he fell apart at the start of the book. To find out what happened next you have to read the book. A very good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Man Childrens story in five nights. 12 Dec 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Man - better than I remember 4 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I could not resist getting this beautiful edition of this classic story for my 3 year olds Xmas, as it was my own personal; favorite as a youth.

It is an absolutely gorgeous edition (to the point that we both checked for jammy fingers before reading) of a wonderful classic yet as prevalent as ever story.

The production, artwork and design are amazing; from the slightly abstract graphics which we both adore to the lovely traditional cover material. Many of the pages are protected by greaseproof paper and that adds to the quality and feel of it. Stunning images in rich colours run throughout the book and fold out wide spreads are used effectively to illuminate some of the key moments in the fantastic tale.

Story wise: well you should know it and that it is a classic. If not then you should be buying it. The tale is timeless and wonderful and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

My wee girl was transfixed, filled with suspense and recalled the night before's action in minute detail. As the story is in 5 parts it is ideal to spread over a week, with enough in each section to satisfy a wee girl who doesn't want to go to sleep and an old dad who does.

Any home with a child should have a copy of this story, and this particular edition is noteworthy for its fine style and feel.
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excellent
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Very good, my son read it and enjoyed this classic book. I read it at school @nd enjoyed revisiting this book.
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the best book I've ever read lovely description and cool pictures. I like the fictional way iron man rebuilds himself from head to foot.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. E. Harley
4.0 out of 5 stars Only disappointment was the quality of the pictures
Bought is as my grandson was reading it at school. Only disappointment was the quality of the pictures.
Published 18 days ago by edithb
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift.
Grandson liked this one too. Bought along with 'The Hodgeheg'' and 'The Twits'.
Published 24 days ago by Tom.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 26 days ago by teachertracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This is a must read. Fantastic descriptions, wonderful language...
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Kim Langdon
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. K. Sandell Sandell
4.0 out of 5 stars short stories for 10 min bed time reads.
short stories for 10 min bed time reads. tad dark and thought provoking but not too much for a 10 yr old to cope with
Published 1 month ago by ANDREA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
Lightweight, exciting and enticing images, good sized font. Arrived in good time and a class of year 3 children absolutely adore it.
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