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The Iron Giant

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  3,458 ratings  ·  250 reviews
An iron giant saves the world in this contemporary classic.

A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified—and terrified. And then they glimpse him in the night: the Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable taste for metal. The hungry giant must be stopped at any cos...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 20th 1999 by Yearling (first published 1968)
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April
(Read for book club - 13/07/2013)
“Haven’t you heard of the music of the spheres?” asked the dragon. “It’s the music that space makes to itself. All the spirits inside all the stars are singing. I’m a star spirit. I sing too. The music of the spheres is what makes space so peaceful.”


I suppose the only way I could start this review would be by saying that approximately thirteen years ago a small, likely annoying girl of four's heart was torn apart by the ending scene of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant...more
Catherine McDonald
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
The Iron Man: A Children’s Story In Five nights by Ted Hughes does indeed consist of five chapters; designed to be read a chapter per day, although some children may find it difficult to wait a whole day to hear more of this exciting story.
Set in a rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man. He forms a relationship with the Iron Man and he must save him from the adults. The fact that when he does...more
Miloš & Brontë
Pa: So you finished your first big book. How are you feeling?

Miloš: Proud of myself.

Pa: You should be. I'm proud of you too.

Miloš: Thanks, Pa.

Pa: Sure, so did you ... what did you think of it?

Miloš: There was a great author.

Pa: Who's that?

Miloš: Ted Hughes.

Pa: Why's he so great?

Miloš: Because I liked the space-bat-angel-dragon.

Pa: The what?!

Miloš: The space-bat-angel-dragon is what I said, Monsieur.

Pa: I thought it was the Iron Giant.

Miloš: And the Iron Giant.

Pa: So what did the space-bat-angel-...more
Sarfraz
The Iron Man book is one of the most remembered books from my childhood.

The adventure starts with an immediate introduction of the Iron Man, giving great detail in his appearance. The suspense quickly builds up as the Iron Man falls down the cliff and in to little pieces. The body parts then start to reassemble, one by one until the Iron Man is complete. A little boy named Hogarth appears on the scene, fishing in a stream before he is startled by the Iron Man. Hogarth runs home to raise the alar...more
Rhian Loxley
I am about to start reading the Iron man with my year three class, and I cannot wait.

Having had the pleasure and vivid memories of being read this story by one of my own teachers when I was at school. I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would enjoy reading this book again, now that i am an adult. I need not have worried, Ted Hughes' writing is magical and this story was made to be read aloud. In fact I have enjoyed reading it so much, that over the half term holiday I read the story alo...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. One day, an Iron Giant arrives on earth. He eats barbed wire and tractors and plows, causing problems for the farmers. Finally, the farmers devise a trap for the Iron Giant and they successfully capture him. Then an even more terrible creature arrives from space and the Iron Giant must come to the rescue.

“The peoples of the world got together. If they fed it, how could they ever satisfy it? It would never be full, and every new day it would be as hungry as ever. How can you fee...more
Gareth Roberts
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is a book that I came across due to the year four class I was placed in using the book for the basis of their Autumn terms literacy lessons. The Iron Man is a third person account of a metal eating iron giant who falls from space to impact on Hogarth's and the rest of the village's lives.
The book was used successfully as the basis for a combination of literacy lessons due to the authors use of many literary devices which the class were required to learn that term. It...more
Andrew Shute
This book has captivated since I was at primary school myself.
A young boy called Hogarth discovers a metallic beast, who we come to know is the Iron Man. This 'monster' eats anything it wants, we are witnesses to him eating tractors in half just so he can satisfy his stomach, this book is fully of imagery that relates to children - "with a head as big as a bedroom". I remember it was descriptions like this that had me sat in silence.
As the story progresses the Iron Man apparently dies when he f...more
Nikki
I remember this book as being magic. I know when I was quite young I had both this and The Iron Woman. I didn't like that as much. I'm doing a children's lit module this next semester, so I dug out a lot of "childhood classics" or books I adored as a kid to reread, or at least glance at. It doesn't take long to reread The Iron Man (or The Iron Giant, as my sister's copy insists).

The back calls it a modern fairytale, which is true. It's purely fantastical, with a big iron man and a bit space-drag...more
Petr
Na začátku se všechno rozpadne. Kovové součástky rachotí a cinkají o kamení. Pak se železný muž, který přišel bůhvíodkud, dá zase sám dohromady. Ale tím to zdaleka nekončí. Příběh, ve kterém ohlušující plechové řinčení nakonec vystřídá samotná hudba sfér. Především však zvláštně skvělá moderní pohádka.
Sara Hannon
Contains Spoilers

1. Science Fiction

2. The Iron Giant tells the story of a giant made of iron, who after making peace with local farmers, manages to save the world from a giant space dragon.

3. I actually loved this book up until the end. The beginning is great, where the kid feels guilty about what they do to the Iron Giant, and then when the space dragon arrives, the panic and response of Earth is realistic and interesting. Then it takes a turn that I thought was a cop-out. There is this great...more
Max Lawson
The Iron Man is a classic childrens novel set over five chapter and designed to be read over five days. The story is about a young boy named Hogarth, who on a fishing trip nearly his town discovers the Iron Man, and the two form a friendship. The local farmers set a trap for the Iron Man as they are sick of the damage this tall-as-a-house giant inflicts on their land, only to find that it fails. Eventually they make peace with the Iron Man, who goes on to save the Earth when a giant bat-creature...more
Jonathan Fowle
Little is known about The Iron Man when he first appears on a top of a cliff, having seemingly come from nowhere. Falling off the cliff he manages to put himself back together, but he is spotted by a local boy called Hogarth. The local villagers do not know whether or not to believe Hogarth, but soon tractors, cars and barbed wired fences start going missing...so the culprit must be The Iron Man. Hogarth comes up with a plan to trap The Iron Man and so the villagers dig a massive hole and The I...more
Gaisce
I bought this book based purely on how much I loved Brad Bird's movie adaptation, The Iron Giant. And I think the excellence of the film completely overshadowed this book in my readings.

Hughes has a simple, lyrical style that works for younger readers. And he divides the chapters into episodes to make it easily digestible. However, the story itself has no real depth of character, and prefers to stay detached in describing the realm of the fantastic. We never really see Hogarth and the Giant beco...more
Muireann Mc Gowan
This is a modern take on a classic fairytale with the essential fairytale elements; a hero, a villain and of course, a happy ending. This story begins with the arrival of a giant Iron Man, ‘who was as tall as a house’ and had a head ‘shaped like a dustbin’ who decides to satisfy his strange appetite by eating farm machinery and scrap metal. The local people are both angry at the destruction of their property and are scared of what they don't understand and come up with a plan to get rid of the I...more
Amber M
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Awards: Kurt Maschler Award
Grade Level: 3-5

In the Iron Giant the giant likes to eat metal. I could use this in the classroom by talking about recycling and maybe even starting our own recycling program. The Iron Giant is taller than a house. I could use this as part as a math lesson. We could talk about how tall the giant could be and what units of measurement might be sensible for measuring things taller than a house. There is also an earthquake that takes place in the book...more
Luke
A short 5 chapter book which draws in readers through its connective storyline. Due to its nameless rural town it draws its young readers in through placing them within it through its descriptive narrative such as: the description of the bat angel dragon and the Iron Man itself.

A bit more of a challenging book within the primary school forum but would recommend it to be read to anyone under 7, but easily accessible for the 8 to 11 year old's. Something that every primary school child should read...more
Claire
Dec 27, 2013 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
We studied the first chapter of this book in year three but I don't think we ever got round to reading the rest of it (we did watch the film version though)... Recently I had a sudden wish to read it again so I asked for it for Christmas and have now finally read the entire book! Probably my favourite children's book, the language is beautiful and it's a lovely quick read which I am certain I will come back to over and over again.
Stephanie
Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man is about a mysterious creature that wanders throughout the countryside eating barbed wire fences, tractors, and plows. The farmers are terrified of the Iron Man; they set a trap and bury him alive. The next spring the Iron Man escapes from the pit. A young boy, Hogarth, befriends Iron Man and finds him a safe metal scrap-heap to feast on. As time passes the Iron Man is accepted by the farmers and his treated as another member of the community. Then when the Earth is thr...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
A very brief book that is nothing like the wonderful movie made from it. Odd, too.

The Iron Giant is a mysterious creature with an appetite for metal of all kinds. He quickly lays waste to a farming community until a young boy named Hogarth traps him in a huge pit. Soon the giant is tamed, and just in time too. A huge invader from space has come to take over the earth, and he's our only hope.

It's an odd little book. The Giant at first seems to be little more than a walking garbage disposal. There...more
Kuruccha
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Teresinha
Železná pohádka o železném muži, ve které „rachtá a skřípe“ každé písmeno. Což jsem si trochu vypůjčila z anotace a doslovu, ale ona je to pravda a perfektně to vystihuje náladu tohohle příběhu. Přečtete ji cobydup na dva nádechy – ten druhý bude patřit ilustracím, které jsou vážně podařené. Je to taková knížka do kabelky na trošku delší cestu tramvají, ale plná zajímavých myšlenek. Sice pohádkových, ale stejně se neubráníte uvažování, co tahle moderní pohádka vlastně znamená.
Shanshad Whelan
So the story is one I know full well already. The format something unusual and in some ways very compelling. Because if there's one thing this librarian knows, it's that this is the kind of book that proves there's a point to still keeping books in print. An e-reader can't duplicate this kind of visual and tactile experience provided by the interwoven art and page cuts. It transforms this humble little tale of a an outspace giant into a combined visual and text experience.
Colm O'brien
This book is breathtaking from the very first line,and every sentance is phenomenal and addictive.It is considered to be a timeless classic and not without reason. The book tells the story of a young boy named Hogarth who befriends a giant iron robot. It is suitable for upper Key Stage 2 children and is a great book to ignite the imagination when studying fiction during Literacy. Hughes has succeded in creating both a masterpiece and a classic.
Angie
I absolutely LOVE this little children's book. In fact I think it is one I will remember loving reading to my kids when they are grown up and flown the nest. It is beautifully written, simple and perfectly phrased. I ended up reading it again 4 times over last 5 years - it is an annual treat which I never tire of. It bears little relation to the animated film and is in its own rite, a strange and haunting little book. I cannot recommend enough.
Davy
Honestly, I was hoping for something a little more substantial. The book that inspired what is probably my favorite animated movie, written by Sylvia Plath's husband and former Poet Laureate of England, Ted Hughes? How could you go wrong? Well, you don't, not exactly, but the fact is, this is not a very moving story as he tells it. Brad Bird's adaptation is far more developed, far more compelling and profound. Hogarth barely figures into this novella at all, and when he does, he's nothing more t...more
Zanna
A giant of iron climbs from the sea starving for metal and makes his sinister way across the British countryside eating up barbed wire. Thanks to the boundless empathy and keen intelligence of a young boy, this unlikely hero is destined to save the world from a more sinister visitor.

This poetic fairytale, which I read as a young child, has never left me, and only improved on re-reading as an adult.
John
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Karen
This is the book on which the movie The Iron Giant is based. It's a great short little read, with a lot of nice imagery. I hadn't realized the story was written by Ted Hughes...knowing that and having enjoyed the book definitely improves my impression of him. It's a children's book but I think can be enjoyed equally by adults. I certainly very much liked it.
Sally Flint
It feels a bit of a cheat including this in my book count as it is only a 20 minute read. I am also a bit ashamed that I have never read it before and never read it to my children. As probably, everyone except me, already knows, it is a fairy tale about a large Iron man who arrives on Earth. After being trapped he is eventually accepted and fed tractors, lorries, metal chains. He eventually goes on to save Earth from a giant space dragon that has arrived from space. After the dragon loses a heat...more
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular...more
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“Haven’t you heard of the music of the spheres?” asked the dragon. “It’s the music that space makes to itself. All the spirits inside all the stars are singing. I’m a star spirit. I sing too. The music of the spheres is what makes space so peaceful.” 10 likes
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