My daughter and I are in agreement that we enjoyed this more than The Iron Man, Hughes’s now classic children’s book. Written some twenty-five years later, it is an environmental morality tale in which an Earth Mother (the Iron Woman) decides to avenge herself on the despoilers of the world. The story is told from the perspective of Lucy, a young girl, and we see how a child, caught between doing what she thinks is right (helping the Iron Woman) and protecting her family from the Iron Woman’s actions, has to make hard moral decisions. The Iron Woman herself is a fantastically vengeful being – she transforms workers at an industrial plant (including Lucy’s father) into the very creatures that are suffering from the plant’s pollution. To undo the damage done by the plant and the Iron Woman, Lucy seeks out the Iron Man himself and Hogarth, a young boy from the earlier book. Can they stop the plant spewing out pollution? Can they save Lucy’s father? The answers come in the vivid conclusion. A book with a clear message that I would recommend for children of 10 years and upwards, with the proviso that you read The Iron Man beforehand, as this helps you make sense of the ending.