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 night, although some children may find it difficult to wait a whole day to hear more of this exciting story.
Set in an unnamed rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man with a head as big as a bedroom and eyes that flash from blue to red. The Iron Man begins his adventure in this town on the beach where, unwittingly, he steps from the cliff only to fall into several pieces on the rocks and sand below, but if you thought this was the end of the tale you’d be very much mistaken because the Iron Man returns and Hogarth must get to the town to raise the alarm, he must get home where he will be safe. The fact that when he does tell the grown-ups that they believe him and are unsure what to do really makes this story thrilling for children as they realise they are on an even footing with the adults. It is Hogarth that helps when the adults wants to trap it and when the Earth is in it’s hour of need; prey to an enormous bat-angel creature from space that threatens to devour every living thing on the planet, it is again Hogarth, the child, that sees the only one that can help is the Iron Man. We learn at the end of the story the space creature is actually a star spirit of peace, tempted by the greed it sees when it lands on the planet, but now destined to fly around the earth every night at the behest of the Iron Man and sing to the people of Earth until they too no longer want to war with their neighbour but live in peace.
“The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far he had walked? Nobody knows. Where he had come from? Nobody knows. How he was made? Nobody knows.”
From: The Iron Man - Chapter: The Iron Man
The story begins in such a compelling way that you are horrified and thrilled at the same time as Hughes describes this seemingly otherworldly sentient machine that bites tractors in two and has seemingly little regard for anyone or anything other than filling its own belly. Rather than trying to understand this ‘being’ the adults plan is to bury it; hide it away and forget about it, but this plan of course ultimately fails so it is left to a child to understand the creature’s motives and create a solution that is beneficial to everyone. A simple premise once again repeated with the space creature. A beautiful tale of understanding and tolerance that is simply told and as enjoyable to read today as when first published forty years ago.
Review by Floresiensis
153 positive reader review(s) for The Iron Man
Lucia from England
This book is great! I love the book because Ted Hughes has used a lot of imagination. I give this book 9 stars because the book is very short. But apart from that everything is great!!
Eli from England
I loved it because it was full of fantasy.
Abdur from United Kingdom
Sukman from UK
The Iron Man is a good and interesting book because it has so many details that so many people wood enjoy the book and consider it as there favorite book. I personally like the book because when I read it with my teacher I love how the author writes the book. If u like the book to and u are fan of the Iron Man like my review on the Iron Man.
Henry from Jersey
It was a really good book one of the best.
Jess from UK
It was awesome. I loved the book.😃😃😃😃😃😃😃
Kunal from India
Nice story I really enjoy it 😊😃😃😃😃😊
Rosie from United Kingdom
This book is amazing!!!!!!!!!
Linda from Scotland
I obviously must have enjoyed this book very much as our teacher read this book to us in primary 4, 42 years ago and I have never forgotten it.
Pink Sparkly Unicorn from London
I thought it was epic. I was touched, it was sad when he was buried by the villagers that mean Hogarth - how could they? Anyway, it was beautifully written. T H A N K Y O U for writing it Ted.
Aliyat from UK
I have been reading your books and I am also reading your books at school.
Maya from Canada
The book is very good, but is dificula for a chille, it is my opinion.
Emma from America
It was good.
Witte from Netherlands
Good detailed descriptions, good to learn text variety, grammar and words if you're not a native English speaker. Recommended.
Rasheeda from U. A. E.
I like the best. The funny part.
Jane from Spain
Full of action, adventure and a positive message about being different.
Victoria from England, Somerset
This book is GOD!!!! We read it in school, even though we have only started Year 4. We are on chapter 4, I am amazed. I am really lucky as I have homework for this great book. I am only 8 years old and this amingzingly talented book deserves an outsanding 10 out of 10 stars.
Jesse from England
It was pretty good. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this to everyone.
Maisie from UK
I'm reading this at school, so far it is so eeeeppppiiiicccc (chapter.3)
Femi from Tilbury
The story was so cool and amazing.
Haidy Mohamed from Cairo
This story is very amazing and it's funny.
Isabel from Birmingham
It was enjoyable we read it in class when I was in year 4. My teacher loved it I loved it my class loved it.
Zamel from Egypt
How a great writer wrote a perfect story. We can learn how to understand each other and be kind...
Izzy from England
This book was incredible, lots of enjoyable parts for all ages. That's why I rate it 10/10 cuz it's amazing!
Izzy from Birmingham, England
This book was amazing I read as a class novel last year it was fantastic it never boring and always enjoyable.
Diana from Australia
From reading many reviews about this book, it becomes evident that people are approaching this book on a very superficial level. Ted Hughes wrote a lot of poetry, and this is evident in the way he penned "The Iron Man": It is both powerful and beautiful in its simplicity. The way to get the most out of the book is this: Savour the prose as though it were a poem. Take your time. Read it out aloud, and hear the music in the lyrics - it's that type of book. It's the difference between taking a sip of wine and merely swallowing it, or taking a sip and letting it loll around your mouth, opening your palate to new sensations. This book is not just for kids - anybody can appreciate the craft of Ted Hughes' writing. So don't rush through the book, focussing only on plot and character. There's magic in them there words!
Ariel from Panama
El hombre de hierro es super entretenido (The Iron Man is super entertaining - thanks Google translator!)
Iron Man from England
I realy liked it because its fun and enjoyable. I am in year 4 and me and my class read it and all enjoy it we do work about in fact I am doing homework about it right now :)
Tim InterNational School from Poland
''The Iron Man'' is a five-chapter fantasy book.It is about an iron monster that became the champion of the Earth.My favorite part was when the Iron Man was flown to Australia to challenge the space-bat-angel-dragon.I love this book!I would recommend this book to other with joy!It is a very interesting book,read it!:)
Tim T. from Poland
I read the book "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes. It was a very interesting and motivating story. The main character was the Iron Man. Initially people were scared of him. However later they learnt that they can live in peace together. He helped the humanity and saved the world from the space-bat-angel-dragon. He proved what sacrifice is and gave example to people. Thanks to him, people became good. I loved the book. It teaches us not to judge the others without knowing them. After understanding someone who is different, we may find a good friend or even a savior! I have also learnt that our bad deeds may make other people bad. It is a bad example, bad influence. Therefore we should always be good so that others are good to us, too.
Maria from Poland
I like this book because some parts were funny. my favorite part was when the IRON MONSTER ate barbed wire like spaghetti. It was an interesting book
Kaja from Warsaw
This book is about a,strange and strong man that is made with Iron. And this iswhy his name is Iron Man. I have my two favourite moments in the book. First when people found him his new home in scrap-metal yard and second moment when the Iron Man challenged the space-bat-angle-dragon. Thier fight was very funny and a little bit crazy. This book is a fantasy world,because of Iron Man, big black dragon and all unreal world. I like this book because it is interesting, but positive and funny to read. For me it was very easy to read. I would recommend this book to all people who like such stories and horrible characters. They will find a lot of fun there!
Trololololo from Poland
It was super. It is for childreb, especially for boys.
Daniel from Poland
The book was vary good and fun. I like it. It's good for kids from 5 to 10 years.
Lucas from Poland
The Iron Man is a fantastic children's book, especially for boys. It starts off with the Iron Man jumping off a cliff, which captivates reader's at the get go. It slows down a bit with the Iron Man labouring over finding his missing pieces on a beach, but then begins to pick up once he meets Hogarth, a farmer boy who starts to feel pity for the iron giant who is trying to find his place in the world. Our grade 4 class has just finished reading this book, and although it contains some difficult words, it gives my students a chance to expand their vocabulary! It is a short read with a lot of substance to analyze and delve into. I would highly recommend this to any child who is trying to discover who they are, and where they belong on this big blue sphere we call home :)
Selina from Limbu
This book is really good because it has adventures and exploring. I read this book in my school, my teacher reads it too the whole class. I know right I am on chapter 4 or 5 well yaaaaaa byeeeeeee
Alima from London
I like this book. Partly I like this because the Iron Man challenges the space bat angel dragon and also I just finished the book.
Ella from England
I like the book but it was sad when they trapped him but still it was epic.
Nellie from Bristol
This book is an amazing exciting book to read. It makes you have so many emotions all at once. When there is a cliff hanger all of a sudden it stops at a chapter. I really really like it, it's very cool and I think that Ted Hughes is an epic learner.
Shaif from UK
It was very amazing, very cool and very fantastic.
Hello from UK
Set in an unnamed rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man with a head as big as a bedroom and eyes that flash from blue to red. The Iron Man begins his adventure in this town on the beach where, unwittingly, he steps from the cliff only to fall into several pieces on the rocks and sand below, but if you thought this was the end of the tale you’d be very much mistaken because the Iron Man returns and Hogarth must get to the town to raise the alarm, he must get home where he will be safe. The fact that when he does tell the grown-ups that they believe him and are unsure what to do really makes this story thrilling for children as they realise they are on an even footing with the adults. It is Hogarth that helps when the adults wants to trap it and when the Earth is in it’s hour of need; prey to an enormous bat-angel creature from space that threatens to devour every living thing on the planet, it is again Hogarth, the child, that sees the only one that can help is the Iron Man. We learn at the end of the story the space creature is actually a star spirit of peace, tempted by the greed it sees when it lands on the planet, but now destined to fly around the earth every night at the behest of the Iron Man and sing to the people of Earth until they too no longer want to war with their neighbour but live in peace. “The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far he had walked? Nobody knows. Where he had come from? Nobody knows. How he was made? Nobody knows.”
Brogan from England
It was epic.
Ibrahim from England
It is the best book ever to be made.
Zara from UK
I llllloooooovvvvvveeeeee The Iron Man!
Deji from Nigeria
OMG The best book ever. I wish Ted Hughes was still alive so he could write more amazing books!
Syed from England
Bestest book I have ever read and I wish to read it again but the reason I gave it 9/10 is because Ted Hughes could of added a bit more action but still this book and is so cooolll!
Book lover from Mars
I think this book is really good but at the end it gets boring.
Kate from London
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Emma from England
I did like it but not so much.
Vinish from England
It is a very fantastic so never PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!!
Simran from Cool Dude Land
I am still reading the book and it is so AWSOME so I am LOVING the book so far.
Jojo from Gambia
This book is lovely.
Princess Quarm from UK
I love this book but most times when I read it in class I lose track of where I am and I get bored.
Rageh from Somalia
I love The Iron Man becuase so many things happend it is so coooooool!
Ruby from UK
This book is coooooooooool!
Kray from England
It is so cool so far that I've read this and I am on page 100 and I would read it all the time it is so coooooooooooooooooooooooool!
Amr from US
Muhammad from Bolton
I have watched all the movies, and they are good, like the book.
Lachlan from Australia
The Iron Man is awesome!!!!!!
Musab from Karachi
An excellent book for school readers.
Holly from UK
I love The Iron Man because I find it really sad when he goes into the pit but it helps children learn how to describe a story and it's confusing when the space-bat-angel-dragon comes because the humans think it attacking them but it not.
Shakti Tripathi from India
It's an average story and is delightful.
Libbi from England
I so love The Iron Man. I'm even doing it at school.
Sujay from England
It is so cool!
Frisco from Canada
Good book but it could better and its kind of for 6 or 7 year old kids like talking dragons and an iron man talking COME ON!!!!!!!!
Tyrese from Leeds
Trisha from UK
I love it so much it was cooooooooooooooooooooooooool!
Cameron from Scotland
I think The Iron Man is one of the best books I have read!!!
Amelie from England
This book is AWESOME!!! I'm also doing it at school with my guided reading group (I'm on the highest level!!!). It's SO COOL!!! The short sentences make you want to read on!!! We love Ted Hughes at my School (Pangbournne Primary School)!
Ethen from Engaland
This is cool, I am learning The Iron Man at school.
Sean from UK
This is book is coooooooooooooooooool!
Janna from Egypt
Cool. I like this book too. Mariam is right, you feel that you jump in the book and start to have adventures (especially with Hogarth). I read the story at school.
Katherine from Scotland
I love the book but the film is a bit better. The iron man is real fun, too bad there isn't an Iron Man 2 because I'm sure it would be great.
Layla from Miami
This is full of AUSOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Miriam from United States
I am an adult, and though I know it's meant for a younger audience, I LOVED the book. And if you don't mind a slightly different story, try the animated movie that came out in 1997 or '98. ALSO, Pete Townshend (The Who) made a rock opera out the book. The music is beautiful and uplifting...
Ellie from England
I'm reading this book at school in class and so far I'm really enjoying it a lot. Need to read up to the end. I love this awsome book!!! My friends in class say its boring but it's not for me.
emily from wales
i have not got to the end of the story yet but i can not wait to read a nother chapter in school you roock me down
Lev from USA
Anne from England
Ted Hughes has written a fantastic book! I love the use of repetition and onomatopoeia. The end wasn't what I was expecting ...
nicole from england
the iron man is the best book ever it is really fun and you always want to know what happens next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sean from Texas United States
I love the movie, it is one of my favs. It is great, you should get it. I'm gonna now read the book yeah!!!
Peter from England
This book is AMAZING!!! I love it so much, I even bought the film, but the book is better. :D
Untitled from Untitled
Bestest book ever!
Mariam from Egypt
I loved the book, it was amazing, it was mysterious, adventurous and I especilially like adventurous stories as you feel like you are in them.
Thomas from England
Good but boring after the first chapter and it's so rushed.
Estere from Scotland
I think the Iron Man book is awsome with a capital S!!!
Jayden from United Kingdom
Even know the Book is quite unique and interesting I personally won't have picked it up off the shelf myself but it does have a good storyline ...!
Nirosika from England
I love this book. It was very good. I liked the plan and how Hograth trapped the Iron Man.
Kiruthiga from London
The Iron Man story wasn't good... it was fabulous! We are reading this in school. I very much like this book.
Shankiruthi from London
This book is awsome. I liked it when the Iron Man fell off and I all can say is I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this story.
Mua from Ha
Lulu Y. from New Zealand
It was an awesome book! I LOVED IT!!!!!!! =D I want to see the movie!!! We have to do this essay about it... AWESOME BOOK!!!!!! heheheheheehehe
Rose from Leicester
It was fantastic, the best book!!!
Henry from Long Eaton
I loved this book, it was smashing and fantastic.
Jessica from England
I think it's a great book and I think it is a brill adventure!
Anne from Malaysia
It's okay. I'm not into these kind of books but I like the movie though. And I guess it is cool to have star spirit.
Ifshaa from England
We've been reading it and doing lessons about it and I've enjoyed it.
Phil from London, England
I first heard this story some forty or so years ago as a youngster, when it was read out at my school. After all this time, I still remember my reaction to it, it seemed back then like I was hearing something from another world, very mysterious and wonderful.
Ava from London
Brilliant book! I love it!
MINI from Scotland
I think it's OK but I have to do a critical essay on it and I'm finding it really hard. Please help me!!! I don't know what to do!
Chloe from Derby
I have read this book with school and it is great! I am really enjoying it. We have also watched the film, it is similar to the book and that is good too.
Alexandra from Athens
It is a very good book and interesting.
Laiba from Pakistan
I love this book.It was an interesting story but its best part was when Iron Giant fought against that black monster.
Alisa from England
The writing style was sharp and informative. I especially loved the way the author had expressed the character, Hogarth's passion for saving the Iron Man. The writer passed the events in the story well so that as the reader digested the information there was not a heap more waiting to be understood. The vocabulary used was simple yet very effective and the main storyline stood out very well. My approach to this book is very, very positive and I am certain that you will enjoy this book as much as I did. P.S. Did I mention I loved it, ;)
Sam agian from England
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 night, although some children may find it difficult to wait a whole day to hear more of this exciting story. Set in an unnamed rural town, a town where a small boy called Hogarth goes fishing in the local stream only to come across an Iron Man with a head as big as a bedroom and eyes that flash from blue to red. The Iron Man begins his adventure in this town on the beach where, unwittingly, he steps from the cliff only to fall into several pieces on the rocks and sand below, but if you thought this was the end of the tale you'd be very much mistaken because the Iron Man returns and Hogarth must get to the town to raise the alarm, he must get home where he will be safe. The fact that when he does tell the grown-ups that they believe him and are unsure what to do really makes this story thrilling for children as they realise they are on an even footing with the adults. It is Hogarth that helps when the adults wants to trap it and when the Earth is in it's hour of need; prey to an enormous bat-angel creature from space that threatens to devour every living thing on the planet, it is again Hogarth, the child, that sees the only one that can help is the Iron Man. We learn at the end of the story the space creature is actually a star spirit of peace, tempted by the greed it sees when it lands on the planet, but now destined to fly around the earth every night at the behest of the Iron Man and sing to the people of Earth until they too no longer want to war with their neighbour but live in peace.
Sam from England
I loved it. A short book, the first bit a bit bad. Overall good. I love the pictures. I love it.
Hannah B from Southall
I LLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE! Give me an I! Give me an R! Give me an O! Give me an N!
I was not really a fan of this book, it was quite boring at parts but it was really interesting at some parts.
Alexandra from England
It was a nice story but not the best.
Maria from Edinburgh
I loved this book because I like this tyes of book.
Ellie from United Kingdom
I read the book and saw the movie and they were both diffrent to each other and amazing. I give 4 to the movie and 5 to the book all together it makes 9. Awsome, awsome, awsome.
Grace from Zangwill Place
I love it! We are learning all about the story. Perfect!
Cerys Lilly from Engaland
I like this book and it's wonderful.
The best book I have read.
Shajeda from Bedford
I LOVED IT,at the end it was a bit scary .
shajeda from Bedford
I love the story of the Iron man and a headteacher called Mrs Hemsley at Priory Lower School told us that story and at the first part of the story it was a bit scary and at Friday 20th January we stopped and we talked about what was going to happen and it was a cliff hanger.
Shania from scottland
The past few weeks in english i have been reading the iron man and we are writing essay on it.at first i didn't like it but then i started to enjoy it quite alot !!!!! But at one point you describe that the iron man has hair but at the start he didn't have hair!!!!! Other than that it was great !!!!!
Ephraim from Plymouth Road
I like The Iron Man, with all the similes and onomatopoeias. It's liked your dragged in the story.
Nichola from Bute Gardens
I loved The Iron Man and I am reading The Iron Women and it is really good and I am nearly finished it and then I am getting The Iron Giant and I heard that is really good and after that I am getting The Iron Man II!
Aditya from Bangkok
Is your teacher from Bangkok Prep? (in response to Chanisara from Thailand)
This is the best book especially the black dragon!!!!
chanisara from thailand
My teacher, Ms.Johnson, read the Iron Man to me and I like the part that when the Iron Man has a contest between the dragon and the last page. We did a drama of the iron man. I'm just in year 5.
Nichola from Bute Gardens
I loved the The Iron Man book in P5A. The teacher was Mr. Rainey.
Ayman from Spencer Road
I like The Iron Man book.
Nichola from Old Kilpatrick
I think The Iron Man is a great book, with his foot as big as a single-bed and his chest as big as a cattle truck!
Hannah from The World
It was absolutely cool! The space dragon loses! He has to sing!!! lol
Dorothy from Leeds
I loved this book because I couldn't wait to find out who won the battle between the Iron Man and the Space-bat-angel-dragon. I think Ted Hughes used great description which made the story very exciting. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls aged 9 or over... I didn't enjoy the Iron Woman as much because I thought the opening was a bit slow and boring.
Megan and Sean from Leeds
I love the language and the description Ted Hughes uses. It's full of fun problems and resolutions. It's very adventurous, but maybe a little too much.
Cool book! We're doing it in my class!
Praniti from London
The Iron Man book is brilliant. I read The Iron Man book in year 3.
Natalie from Clydebank
The Iron Man book is so brill! I LOVE THE IROM MAN BOOK!
The Iron Man is not good, it is outstanding!
Luke and Jack from Scotland, the best place in the world
We love the book. I would read this 72 times and it is cool!
Ben and Ryan from Old Kilpatrik
The Iron Man is a great book by Ted Hughes.
Rinu from Scotland
Great book, I LOVE IT!
Lauren :D :D :D from Glasgow,Scotland
I love The Iron Man. It's super, great. Super cool. If you don't like it... Well you should like it!!!
Kai and Stuart from Glasgow
We think The Iron Man is a brilliant book and I especially like the Iron Man himself.
Cool Caty :) from Scotland
I love this book, my favourite part was the cccrrraaassshhh :)
Gemma from United Kingdom
I like The Iron Man book because I am reading it at my school and I've also got it at my mum and dads house too.
Zara from Byfleet
Brilliant book !!!!!!!!!!
Sasha from Surrey
We're reading this book in year 4 and so far it is brilliant, I feel curious ! Ted Hughes is an amazing author!!
Aisha from Luton
I love this book. I've read this in year 4, it really is great. I'd love to read more Ted Huges books. I have seen the film of this book too, it is so cool!
Luke from Kew
It's an amazing book.
Anne-Marie from England
It is an absolutely fabulous book, especially the Iron Man and Hogarth. It is a very good story for children.
I LOVE IT!!! (:
Emma from Burnside Wigton
The Iron Man is the best book in the whole wide world!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monica Vong from Ripley
The Iron man is more metal than everyone but I like reading the book and I like him too.
The Iron man is a great book. My favorite character is the Iron Man. The best bit is the bit when he fight's the Space bat angel dragon... and wins and then the dragon has to sing!
I love the Iron man story! It was brilliant and very good. I like the part when the black-bat-angel-dragon is singing because I would like the world to be like that without wars. It was a shame that Ted Hughes died because he was a good author. The Iron man was happy in the end.
I love the Iron Man, it is a great book. All I didn't like were the sad parts but I suppose they are the most interesting. It is a very exciting book and you want to know what is going to happen next!
I love the Iron man book because when I close my eyes I'm listening to the story and seeing it in the head. I love the ending when the Iron Man and the space-bat-angel-dragon have that battle and after a while I love the part when the space-bat-angel-dragon sings all around the world to make it a better place. But from the beginning it seems boring. I love Ted Hughes' books.
It was funky, cool and weird all at the same time. It started of descriptive then it got a bit boring nearer the end when the space-bat-angel-dragon arrived. Still, it was a brilliant story
It's funny! A giant man going round eating things! Cars, buses, and other metal things! It's good a boy understands him, and helps him. Like they say... don't judge a book by it's cover: Don't judge someone by what they do!
It was a brilliant story at the start but gets a bit boring towards the end of the book because the Iron Man should go back home and have a little more of an adventure. I would give it a 8 out of 10 because I did not enjoy the end even when I like fantasy books like this one.
A strange figure turns up and eats machinary how very fabulous and mysterious at the same time. It's an amazing book; could he write any better!
Christine from Manchester
Ted Hughes is a literary GOD!!! His book, 'The Iron Man', is accessible to all ages. Hughes's story contains humour, pathos, horror. It is a perfect antidote to the increasing negative internal dialogues held by many today toward minorities.
Amy from Hampshire
I like the IRON MAN because of all the excitement and fun!
Joe from Highvew
It was a good story. I like the base line of it. I gave it a nine because I was not expecting it to happen like that.
Katie Frizzel from Orange
The Iron Man is an excellent novel and I am reading this book because I think Ted Hughes is an excellent author.
Nicole from Aldershot
I think The Iron Man is a great book because its gets me learning and its great fun to read!!!
Olivia from Luton
I loved it, it makes you want to read more. We are learning about it in school and I am so glad! It rules! What a shame Ted Hughes died he, was so talented to write such a great book.
I love The Iron Man, I think it is very interesting. I am learning about it in school we take it out loads of times.
9.5/10 from 163 reviews