Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights

 
9780060226572: Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights

A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified - and afraid.

And then they glimpse him in the night: the Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable taste for metal. Where has he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. What they do know is that the Iron Giant must be stopped.

But the real threat hovers above, darkening the sky with its scaly wings: a space-bat as big as Australia, hungry for every living thing it sees. And suddenly, the world needs a hero - a giant hero - like never before...

First published in 1968, Ted Hughes's classic tale is a powerful tribute to peace on earth - and in all the universe.

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Review:

"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today.  The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--"The Horn Book"
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--"Booklist"
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition.  Irresistible."
--"Boston Phoenix"
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--"The Observer"  (England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--"Trade News" (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--"The Times" (England)
"Riveting.

"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today. The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--"The Horn Book"
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--"Booklist"
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition. Irresistible."
--"Boston Phoenix"
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--"The Observer" (England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--"Trade News" (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--"The Times" (England)
"Riveting."
--"The Tablet" (England)
"Brilliant."
--"The Listener" (England)

"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today.The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
--The Horn Book
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
--Booklist
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
--Publishers Weekly
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition.Irresistible."
--Boston Phoenix
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
--The Observer(England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
--Trade News (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
--The Times (England)
"Riveting."
--The Tablet (England)
"Brilliant."
--The Listener (England)"

About the Author:

Ted Hughes, late poet laureate of England, was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930. After attending Cambridge University, he went on to become a well-known poet, novelist, and essayist with dozens of books to his credit. His last work, Birthday Letters, a poetry collection chronicling his relationship with American poet Sylvia Plath, was published shortly before his death in 1998 at the age of 68.

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