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Product description

A modern fairy tale sizzling with genius. Mighty heroes, terrible villains, incredible black-and-white art. Imagine a superhero story written by one of the greatest poets ever. Now you needn’t just imagine: this is it. At first, the Iron Man wreaks dreadful destruction. He cannot be kept down. But then the terrible Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon attacks Earth from outer space. Only the Iron Man can save us… Written by former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, this is utterly dramatic storytelling that burns with fierce power.

  • A masterful children’s classic by poet Ted Hughes
  • Epic story of war and peace with a cool robot hero
  • Beautifully written with dramatic black line artwork
  • “One of the greatest of modern fairy tales” – Observer

Product Details

Catalogue number

5050 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20, 852 in EU Primary March 2020 and 302 in EU Primary May 2020






Faber & Faber

Date published

May 22nd, 2006

Lexile measure

760L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 1.0 points

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  • 64 pages


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  1. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 31 March 2018

    Imaginative I liked it very much.

    4out of 5
  2. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 8 May 2017

    Best book ever!!!!!!!

  3. Love stargirl 113412

    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

    1out of 5
  4. Fairy thumb 11

    on 24 May 2016

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

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar owl 761790

    on 30 July 2015

    It was amazing

    5out of 5
  6. Goldie 113308

    on 24 July 2015

    This book is really interesting!

    5out of 5
  7. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 7 July 2015

    this book is good i am reading with my class

    5out of 5
  8. Avatar bat 761713

    on 28 June 2015


    5out of 5
  9. Hayley 113303

    on 26 May 2015

    this book is good

  10. Room on the broom 113684

    on 25 June 2014

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

    4out of 5
  11. Bellasara 113282

    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

  12. Love stargirl 113412

    on 11 December 2011

    this is a great book! i loved it!

    5out of 5
  13. Bellasara 113282

    on 24 November 2011

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

    2out of 5
  14. Petula 113689

    on 19 March 2011

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

    5out of 5
  15. Butterfly small 107968

    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.

  16. Evie 113313

    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

  17. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    One of my favourite books of all time

  18. Ef castle thumb 2

    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.

  19. Default avatar

    on 12 December 2010

    ive whached it it is brillant film

  20. Storm 113293

    on 4 December 2010

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

    4out of 5
  21. Evie 113313

    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

  22. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 5 October 2010

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

  23. Jane blonde 113694

    on 19 September 2010


  24. Love stargirl 113412

    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

  25. Petula 113689

    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

    1out of 5
  26. Evie 113313

    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.

    5out of 5
  27. Default avatar

    on 1 May 2010


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

    5out of 5
  28. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 17 April 2010

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

    3out of 5
  29. Goldie 113308

    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.

    4out of 5
  30. Percy 112876

    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.

    3out of 5
  31. Default avatar

    on 25 March 2010

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

  32. Evie 113313

    on 16 March 2010

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

  33. Bellasara 113282

    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!

    5out of 5
  34. Hayley 113303

    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.

    5out of 5
  35. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 30 January 2009

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

    5out of 5
  36. Avatar lion 761782

    on 17 January 2009


    1out of 5
  37. Gruffalo 113679

    on 13 January 2009

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

    3out of 5