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The Iron Man Hardcover – Nov 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406324671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406324679
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #847,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'One of the greatest of modern fairytales.' Observer 'Hughes has never written more compellingly.' The Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Starts superbly with a clanking iron giant toppling from a cliff and lying smashed on the rocks below. Then his various parts get up and search for each other. Hughes has never written more compellingly." --The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dfunkier on July 22 2003
Format: Paperback
This was my favourite book as a kid, and the book I learned to read from. My mother read it to me over & over until I knew it off by heart. Now, I'm buying it for my son.
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By parent2 on Dec 9 2014
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This book is simply brilliant. It's the first chapter book that I read to my kids and they didn't even miss the illustrations! They were hanging on every word from start to finish. It's a truly original story with lots of heart and a very beautiful ending. One of the best science fiction stories ever in my opinion.
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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 5 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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This is a great book that I remember being read to me as a child. It's not technical or overly detailed, but the imagery resonated with me as a child. The visuals it describes are just fabulous and the story is not overly long or complicated. I read it again as an adult and still enjoyed it.
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By carolyn ray on March 4 2013
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This is an invaluable book for children who have difficulty reading or are reluctant readers. The print and length make it great for boys aged 10 or so who have difficulty reading and the story is riveting. The book fills a desperate need for reading materials for such children.
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