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.
Hughes's 1968 story of unexpected friendships and redemptions returns with new artwork from Carlin in a polished and well-designed edition that uses occasional gatefolds and die-cuts to amplify key moments. Carlin's mixed-media artwork emphasizes the giant's innate otherness, his shadow looming over the pages, ominous red eyes glowing, the use of collage hinting at the constructed nature of the automaton. After the arrival of a "space-bat-angel-dragon" (whose approach to Earth unfolds in concentric die-cut circles), the giant wins over those humans he'd previously terrified, and even his extraterrestrial opponent turns out to be more than meets the eye. It's an elegant and thoughtful treatment of a story that, with its hopeful message of global unity, feels as important and timely as ever.
The Iron Giant
My grandsons and I love the Iron Giant although the book is quite different than the movie which we would give 5+ stars - wonderful life lesson to be learned from about judging by appearance.