Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy and run by Lynn’s Book Blog.
This weeks theme:
15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot
I have chosen The Iron Giant because I don’t read many sci-fi books but I really love to watch Science Fiction movies. The Iron Giant is probably one of my favourite kid movies. If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend it. I mean the characters are so good even the scrap metal yard owner is gorgeous IMO lol. I admit, the book doesn’t sound at all like the movie but the paperback on Amazon, is definitely the right one.
An iron giant saves the world in this contemporary classic.
A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified—and terrified. 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. The hungry giant must be stopped at any cost.
Only a young boy named Hogarth is brave enough to lead the Iron Giant to a safe home. And only Hogarth knows where to turn when a space-bat as big as Australia, hungry for every living thing on Earth, darkens the sky.
First published in 1968, Ted Hughes’s classic tale is a powerful tribute to peace on earth—and in all the universe. Of it Madeleine L’Engle wrote, “How grateful we should be for Ted Hughes’s brilliant The Iron Giant. It speaks to all ages, and we need its message even more now.” Philip Pullman called it “so gripping that when you begin to read it aloud, everyone stops to listen, young children and old people alike.” Whether you think of it as a science fiction fantasy or a modern fairy tale or a tall-tale parable for today, you will never forget it.
A book of the ART illustrations
Who would have thought scrap metal could be food for the iron giant? The giant is so adorable but the authorities are so afraid because ‘he’ was created as a weapon of mass destruction. Only, the boy befriends ‘him’ and he is so happy to have a giant for a friend but it’s sad because the government is trying to destroy it and ugh, they are just making their ‘Frankenstein’ retaliate and defend himself by putting millions of people in harm’s way. The boy tries so hard to keep him a secret but it’s impossible. The end was a cliffhanger and I had hoped there would be a sequel but I haven’t heard anything more about it.
I like number 4.