My first experience of the Iron giant was through Brad Birds 1999 animation. Having already seen the animation I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book followed a different storyline. The story is about an Iron giant who menaces a town through his hunger for steel but befriends a young boy called Hogarth. The Iron Giant turns from menace to hero by saving the world from The Space Bat Angel Dragon. After reading the Iron Giant I can fully understand why this book is classed as a children’s classic.
Ted Hughes uses short sentences to build tension, and his use of descriptive language and similes make this book an imaginative and enjoyable read that is perfect for the classroom. Regarding the use of this book in the classroom, the Iron Giant could be used as a great example in ks2 of using adjectives, similes and short sentences in story writing, with the first two pages of the Iron Giant instantly showing Ted’s simple but effective use of the English language.