CHILDREN’S book of the week
THE IRON MAN
TED HUGHES’ The Iron Man is an absolute classic – thoughtful, moving, ahead of its time and wondrously inventive, it was first published in 1968.
Since then the story – boy (Hogarth) meets an Iron Man, and together they fight to save the world – has been refreshed for cinema (namely, Brad Bird’s 1999 animated adaptation, renamed The Iron Giant where our alien metal man is played by none other than Vin Diesel), and now this new illustrated version has artist Chris Mould to thank for its burnished depictions.
Mould’s scribbles in deep blues and sea greens, soften up the edges of our Iron Man, but lend wit and graphic-novel gravitas.
A respectful, enervating update.