The Book That Made Me: Jeremy Strong 13/07/20
The Iron Man
Publisher: Faber & Faber
One day, Hogarth, a child, sights a giant made from metal from afar and runs home, terrified to tell his family. On inspecting further, the villagers discover that all of their vehicles and mechanical machinery are missing, and what’s left has bite marks in it. Is the Iron Man eating everything they own? And if so, will he eat them next?
No one knows where he’s come from or how he was made, but the villagers decide that something must be done. Yet, is the Iron Man really bad? Or will the humans find that they need his help when an even bigger threat arrives?
Whether you’re already a fan of this classic children’s story or a new reader, this wonderful new version is a real treat. Chris Mould’s mechanical Iron Man has a great deal of personality, and Mould’s rather more organic approach often depicts him in green, as if part of the natural environment, which subtly asks the reader to consider whether the creature is simply a machine, or something that’s more complex to classify.
This luxury hardback edition would be a delight to share at home or at school.