Ted Hughes, the poet laureate, wrote The Iron Man over half a century ago as a bedtime story. An intriguing combination of science-fiction and fable-myth, this short action-packed novel tells of a gigantic robot-like iron man with an insatiable appetite for metal. The giant is trapped by farmers but escapes, only to be convinced by a little boy to limit his feedings to scrap metal. No sooner is harmony restored, a space-bat-angel-dragon the size of Australia unexpectedly arrives on earth, bent on destruction. Thankfully, the iron man has a clever plan that saves the day, delighting all young readers.