CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS - by Ted Hughes, il­lus­trated by Chris Mould, pub­lished by Faber Chil­dren’s, £16.99

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.

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