The Iron Man

By Ted Hughes

Illustrated by Laura Carlin

A stunning new version of a much-loved children's classic.

Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and he and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is here presented as part of an exciting new collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

Categories: Illustrated Classics

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406324679
  • Published: 01 Nov 2010
  • Price: £15.00
  • Size: 270 x 200 mm
  • Pages: 104

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Customer reviews


'Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales. ' Observer

'Hughes has never written more compellingly.' Times

'This new edition of Ted Hughes’ wonderful Iron Man is an absolute delight. Stunning visual images accompany the familiar texts to great effect, and the overall production is superb – everyone will want one of these!' The Bookseller Childrens Booksellers Choice

'Carlin’s stunning illustrations bring new life to Hughes’ classic and compelling contemporary fairy tale' The Bookseller

'One of the most stunning classic gift editions this Christmas…Laura Carlin’s dramatic composition has an emotional depth and sense of excitement that lends itself beautifully to the story.' Bookseller

'The ideas and experiences put forward by the text resonate long after the book is closed.' INIS

'A lavish product and a treat to be read aloud and demands revisiting again and again.' The Bookseller

'A stunning production…Spectacular.' The Sunday Times

'This attractive gift book with it’s distinctive artwork, gatefolds and peep-hole pages, feels very modern and relevant. The message of co-operation and peace applies to any era and the stark illustration and conjures up an atmosphere of suspicion and fear until the red-hot fires of the ultimate contest give way to the beautiful music of the spheres.' Daily Mail

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