The Iron Man

Suitable for 7 - 9 years

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How can mankind stop the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man? He cannot be kept down. But when the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon, a terrible monster from outer space, tries to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who helps to save the world… Fusing rich elements from myth, science fiction and fantasy with a compelling message about the power of peace, The Iron Man smoulders with vivid imagery, complemented by dramatic black-and-white artwork. Written to be read aloud and to stimulate young imaginations, this fierce and beautiful modern classic from former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes deserves a home in every classroom.

“Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales.”Observer

“Hughes has never written more compellingly.” Robert Nye, The Times

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Product Details






Faber & Faber

Date published

May 12th, 2006

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 1.0 points

Other details

  • 64 pages



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  1. Emily
    on 8 February 2024

    The iron man

    I like the book for lots of reasons. The iron man just fixed everything and saved the humans. We wrote about how he was at the end and start , at the start he was a monster and a dangerous iron beast but he was also a life saver.

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  1. Booklover550
    on 8 June 2020

    This book is not for me. I would not reccomend to people who like comics and adventure

    2 out of 5
  2. Beanybutt
    on 31 March 2018

    Imaginative I liked it very much.

    4 out of 5
  3. Tutankhamun123
    on 8 May 2017

    Best book ever!!!!!!!

  4. Bookgirl202
    on 23 April 2017

    Not my type of book if you are into diaries , adventure , reality or magic typed books I wouldn’t recommend it to you. I would understand if people would like this but it’s not for me

    1 out of 5
  5. rainbowmagic5
    on 24 May 2016

    i love it i was crying when he fell of i read the whole book

    5 out of 5
  6. arty72green
    on 30 July 2015

    It was amazing

    5 out of 5
  7. Jaibmtv7
    on 24 July 2015

    This book is really interesting!

    5 out of 5
  8. superkid2000
    on 7 July 2015

    this book is good i am reading with my class

    5 out of 5
  9. suzanneting
    on 28 June 2015


    5 out of 5
  10. mrgum10
    on 26 May 2015

    this book is good

  11. oooofooofoofoof
    on 25 June 2014

    I liked this book at the beginning but it got worse nearer the end.

    4 out of 5
  12. crazykitty
    on 9 March 2014

    This is a good book I think it was in year 7 my teacher got an extract from this book we had to read it then she gave us some questions it was really good I enjoyed it

  13. booksbooksbooks
    on 11 December 2011

    this is a great book! i loved it!

    5 out of 5
  14. sandra-the-bookmark
    on 24 November 2011

    we read this novel in school i didnt really like it but it was pretty much ok

    2 out of 5
  15. solomon154
    on 19 March 2011

    i have watched it and i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  16. cottonsocks1
    on 16 March 2011

    I have not read the hole of this book yet i am still finishing chapter 2 because we are learning about this book in litracy at school.

  17. louise45
    on 9 March 2011

    Well i have not read this book yet but one day we did a reading comprehension and i read it and i thought i really want to carry on with this book so i want it for easter

  18. barnred123
    on 3 March 2011

    One of my favourite books of all time

  19. Lulagee2000
    on 23 December 2010

    My Teacher read the class it at school and i fell in love with it! I Like how Hogarth and The Iron man work together to stop the Space-bat-angel- dragon but i also like how he is a star and that he liked the sound of war.

  20. brandon56
    on 12 December 2010

    ive whached it it is brillant film

  21. cescaclover
    on 4 December 2010

    I love this book! We are in the middle of reading it at school!

    4 out of 5
  22. tinklebell
    on 9 October 2010

    this book is fab i have watht it in film befor i like the bit whan he fall down the clive my teacher raed it to me befor i find the book relly good xxx

  23. cookie4484
    on 5 October 2010

    this book is really good . I would recommend as a group reading book though

  24. powergirl9
    on 19 September 2010


  25. poppybooklover
    on 14 August 2010

    I have watched the video of it and really want to read it but now I have forgotten what its about because I only watched it ages ago about 2 years ago!! From amypond1598 xx

  26. sparkey
    on 19 July 2010

    i HATE this book are teacher made us read it at the end of school i forget what happens thank god but still

    1 out of 5
  27. wizard8
    on 27 May 2010

    i love this book but i love it when the space-bat-angel dragon is comeing from a star and then land on Australia but the tale was in the indian ocean and the chin was resting on a part of australia but when he landed the pictures frames in london shaked and more. the iron man dares the space bat angel dragon to a contest so the iron man gets some oil and some fire and has a strenth contest and the iron man gets into the fire 3 times but her is scared if he would melt. well the space bat angel dragons burning thing is the sun so he goes up there, well im not telling but does he give up. find out by reading this book i wont tell you so you read it. its a fantastic book and mystirious book.

    5 out of 5
  28. whitetiger
    on 1 May 2010


    A large metal man, who falls down a cliff and gets repaid. What will happen to him?

    5 out of 5
  29. 09gjrawl
    on 17 April 2010

    I loved the beginning of the stroy when ted hughes describes the way the iron man looks .

    3 out of 5
  30. kemi22
    on 13 April 2010

    The Iron man is a great book that has suspensse and it’s really funny to.Overall the book is perfect.

    4 out of 5
  31. Bookworm456
    on 5 April 2010

    I liked it, not as much as the other people in my book club did though! I would still recommend it though! I will give it, 3/5 stars.

    3 out of 5
  32. timeriders
    on 25 March 2010

    this is a brilliant book ; i recommend this book to every one

  33. tilly19
    on 16 March 2010

    I really really really want to read this book, it sounds fantastic!!!!!!!!!

  34. hattiev
    on 25 February 2010

    Nobody in the world could hate this book!It is one of the best books I have ever read! Me and my class read it and we all agreed it was brilliant! I would recommend this book for anybody!

    5 out of 5
  35. saf234
    on 7 August 2009

    I have read this book in my class and we all thought it was brilliant so i would recomend it.After we had read it i had bought it because i thought it was a brilliant book.if you loved this book try reading the iron man.

    5 out of 5
  36. thingypengy
    on 30 January 2009

    It was awesome when the space- bat- angel-dragonwas defeated by the IRON MAN!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  37. Ckalive
    on 17 January 2009


    1 out of 5
  38. caseyc858
    on 13 January 2009

    I read this book in my classroom. My class enjoyed it but I thout it was O.K.

    3 out of 5