Today, I went to Bath for the Children’s Literature Festival for a wonderful day of book-ish events. One of these was the wonderful Chris Mould, talking about his beautifully illustrated edition of Ted Hughes’ ‘The Iron Man’.
Although I read ‘The Iron Man’ when I was little, it was as a teacher that I learned to love this book. It is a joy to read aloud, instantly capturing both the attention and the imagination of a class and in my experience, always inspiring excellent work. This new edition will only enhance the appeal and encourage yet more readers to love this wonderful tale.
Chris is so inspiring to listen to when he talks about drawing. He gave lots of advice and encouragement to everyone. He talked about ‘constantly making a series of mistakes’ when drawing and enjoying the results. I love using illustration with children to inspire writing and I was fascinated by his saying that he doesn’t see a difference between writing and drawing- both are saying something.
Chris’s illustrations really breathe life into Ted Hughes’ creation. Each spread is stunning with a mixture of double spread, full page and smaller pictures throughout. The Iron Man is just sinister enough at the beginning and yet it is hard not to feel pity for him when he is lured into the trap. It’s a real joy!
The Iron Man Ted Hughes, illustrated by Chris Mould
Faber and Faber ISBN: 978-0571348862