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The Iron Giant Hardcover – 1 May 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Anv edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375801677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375801679
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,232,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today.  The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--"The Horn Book"
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--"Booklist"
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition.  Irresistible."
--"Boston Phoenix"
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--"The Observer"  (England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--"Trade News" (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--"The Times" (England)
"Riveting.

"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today. The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--"The Horn Book"
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--"Booklist"
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition. Irresistible."
--"Boston Phoenix"
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--"The Observer" (England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--"Trade News" (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--"The Times" (England)
"Riveting."
--"The Tablet" (England)
"Brilliant."
--"The Listener" (England)

"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today.The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--"The Horn Book"
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--"Booklist"
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition.Irresistible."
--"Boston Phoenix"
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--"The Observer"(England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--"Trade News" (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--"The Times" (England)
"Riveting."
--"The Tablet" (England)
"Brilliant."
--"The Listener" (England)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified-and afraid. And then they glimpse him in the night: the Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable appetite for metal. Where has he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. What they do know is the Iron Giant must be stopped.
Only a young boy named Hogarth is brave enough to lead the Iron Giant to a safe home. And only Hogarth knows where to turn when the earth needs a hero--a "giant hero--like never before...
First published in 1968, Ted Hughes's classic tale is a powerful tribute to peace on earth -- and in all the universe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
As a third grade teacher, I always read this book aloud to my students in between my machines and space units (It fits both)! The kids love this book. It is not too scary for third graders, but just thrilling enough to leave them begging for you to keep reading. Wonderful read-aloud!
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Format: Paperback
By Amy:
This story is about an iron giant who meets a little boy and the iron giant picks the little boy up the little boy gets scared.

My Review
I think the book that the class read was amusing. I think you should read this because the illustrators are fabulous.

I give this book 10 out of 10!

By Jack:
I like the part when he flies over the houses.
It would be suitable for 8 to 13 year old children.
A character from the Iron Giant.
He has a big body and he threw bombs.
The Iron Giant has red and gold armour.
The Iron Giant is outstanding character.

I give this book 9 out of 10!

By Juned:
The story is about a Giant made out of Iron and everybody get scared by him and they don't like him. See what happens next...

My review
I think this book is fantastic because the Giant actually saves everybody at the end when they didn't like him.

It would be good for ages 7 to 9

By Qaadir:
The story is about a giant made out of iron and everybody is scared by him and hated him. See what happened next...

My Review

I think this book is fantastic because the giant actually. Saves everybody at the end when they didn't like him. It would be good for ages seven to nine.

I give this book ten out of ten!

By Siyako:
I liked the part when: the giant
Ate all the scrap metal.

It would be suitable for... 5yeaars and older.

A character from the book: the iron giant.

He is big and heavy. And he is strong.

The Iron giant is a fantastic character and he is exciting.

I give this book 10 out of 10
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99233780) out of 5 stars 57 reviews
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9956bb7c) out of 5 stars See the Movie; Read the Book; The Two Are Very Different 4 Oct. 1999
By Gord Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Director Brad Bird's take on Ted Hughes' memorable 1968 tale, The Iron Giant, differs substantially from the story. So much so, that the book and the film may not have the same audience. Then again, those taken with the movie will likely want to explore the brief (80 page) book. This recent paperback edition features a beautiful cover drawn from the Warner Bros. movie, although the story is Hughes' original. Priced far below the lavish library volumes, this edition may be the best of both worlds, providing a look at the film's inspiration for the Iron Giant's many curious fans.
40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995ea108) out of 5 stars A funny, exciting book that teaches about war and peace. 17 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a really good book, so I think you should read it.
It was very funny sometimes, like when the seagulls found the giant in tiny pieces, and he came up with a funny way to find all his parts!
It was very exciting. The Iron Giant has to go into fire against a space monster that is bothering the world.
This book teaches about living in peace and not having so many wars. I am 71/2 years old, and it was not too hard for me to read by myself.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a255d08) out of 5 stars Excitement and suspense without violence! 6 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read this book with my Fourth Grade classes for the last eight years. The reading, while "easy", is nonetheless rich. My students' writing is often rife with violence. It can be difficultto convince them that excitement and suspense canbe achieved without "blood and guts". After reading the Iron Giant, they are pleasantly surprised and often write "sequels" to the Iron Giant's adventures. The prose is poetic. It makes a terrific read aloud.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9a893c) out of 5 stars 24 years and still a great book! 5 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first read The Iron Giant when I was in second grade, back in '75, and it was the first thing that I read that made a real impression on me. I think it's great that this book will be available to a whole new generation of children to enjoy, as I want to share it with my own children.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ef542c) out of 5 stars Very Different from the Movie 12 Jan. 2005
By Brian Markowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first saw "The Iron Giant" as a movie and it's a fantastic movie. When I saw a copy of the book for sale I quickly snatched it up, I thought I would read it with my daughter.

The thing that first surprised me about this book is that it is beautifully written. It's obvious from its prose that Ted Hughes is also a poet. The slightly sophisticated language might be too much for those under 7, but I found it refreshingly charming.

The second surprise was that this book had very little to do with the movie. There's an Iron Giant in the movie and book as well as a young boy...and that's about it. The theme's are the same (in that this world can be a world of peace instead of a world of violence and fear) but both approach this lesson from different directions.

In the book, the Iron Giant, tricked by the boy, falls into a trap set for him by fearful farmers. The farmers quickly dispose of the giant, but the giant returns and it's up to the boy again to figure out how best to deal with him. In the end the boy and giant become friends but there is a bigger threat on the horizon, a space dragon the size of Australia has come to earth and only the Iron Giant can save the planet.

There's a lot of deep information here for such a short children's book. The Iron Giant (like in the movie) represents misguided fear. The space dragon can mean a number of things, but I align it with this planets habit of aggression... an aggression that threatens to consume us all. This book was written 30 years ago, but it seems timelier now than it did in the 1970's.
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