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The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 October 2008
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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2006
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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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2003
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2014
Our class has been studying The Iron Man in SFA (literacy lesson):
Ted Hughes, the country's most popular poet, is the author of a book named The Iron Man. The book was originally called ' A children's story in five nights'. Ted Hughes wrote the book for his children after their mum had committed suicide. The book is a mixed genre: science fiction and fairy-tale. If I were to describe it, I would say it is unputdownable.

"How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows”. This quote makes the reader wander what will happen next and hooks most people.

The Iron Man is filled with poetic language. This is no surprise as Ted Hughes is primarily a poet. Here is an example: ' He picked up a greasy black stove and chewed it like a toffee.' By choosing such fantastic language Ted Hughes paints a vivid picture in your mind.

In the first paragraph of chapter one, Ted Hughes has created a sense of mystery when we are introduced to The Iron Man. At first, The Iron Man seems to be the bad guy but throughout the story, the reader starts to notice that he's the one who could save the world from the terrifying Space Bat Angel Dragon.

Overall I absolutely loved the book. I would definitely recommend it for any people any age. Once you have finished the book you will realise that it teaches a lesson. If you are an action type or fairy-tale type reader I would definitely suggest you read the book.
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After reading The Iron Man I felt that, Ted Hughes should have included better vocabulary. He shouldn’t have kept repeating himself because with some words it doesn’t make sense. Over all I think that almost all the books I’ve read are better than The Iron Man. Although I would recommend The Iron Man for old and young readers who enjoy poetry.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2001
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
on 12 December 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2013
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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I picked up this book to read for two reasons. First the movie The Iron Giant is one of my children's favorites and they ask for it often. The second is author Matt Haig posted an article on his top 10 Robots. That got me thinking about this book and I had to track it down. I was amazed by this short novel and have since read it to my son who loved it also. The book is a story in 5 nights. The nights are:

The Coming of the Iron Man
The Return of the Iron Man
What's to be Done with the Iron Man?
The Space-Being and the Iron Man
The Iron Man's Challenge

Now to be honest the book is so different from the move, The Iron Giant, that the book took me quite by surprise. It was a very pleasant surprise. The story does have an Iron Man that no one knows where he came from, or what to do with him, and a little boy name Hogarth. But after that the stories are so different, almost like a children's version of Blade Runner vs Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. But back to the book.

The story begins with the Iron Man's arrival. He just appears strolling across the countryside. The opening chapter is very humorous, with him rolling down a cliff and the parts reassembling themselves. In the second encounter the Iron Man ears, cars, tractors and other machinery so the town's folks plan to trap him. Hogarth plays a role in this and as soon as he does he regrets it. But sometimes what we fear most is what we need most. And when the earth is attached by a space-bat-angel-dragon Hogarth believes that the Iron Man might be able to save us.

As stated earlier this is a great little book. And the best news is there is a companion volume called The Iron Woman to continue the adventure.
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