The children’s classic has been given the Chris Mould artistic touch and the result is something rather spectacular. Available as a luxury hardback, the superb illustrations are an absolute visual treat and bring the story of the Iron Man to life in glorious earthy colours.
The story is nothing new - old battered robot is discovered by young boy and a friendship blossoms. However, not everyone can see the good in the new arrival and hatch a plan to get rid of it. But when the world is threatened by another beast, it is the Iron Man that may be needed to save humankind.
If you want to read a fuller synopsis on the book and my thoughts and views on the narrative then please click through on the cover of the original 'The Iron Man'. This review is purely about the illustrations.
If children want to know how to illustrate a children’s book then looking at the work of Chris Mould is about as good a starting point as you could find. Children may be familiar with Mould’s work that features in Matt Haig’s 'The Truth Pixie’ books and now Mould has applied his artistic craft to The Iron Man. In his illustrations, Chris Mould combines the earthy colours of muddy browns and greens with industrial blues and rusty oranges. There is depth and texture to his work and smudges here and flicks of paint there all add to the overall effect. Illustrations feature throughout the book ranging from those that feature next to the text, those that form full colour backgrounds to the text, graphic novel style boxed strips and full page spreads. The wordless double page spreads are stunning. The Iron Man set against a fiery backdrop of reds, oranges and browns, and the space-bat-angel-dragon singing as it flies around the world are two of my personal favourites. I could go on listing the illustrations that I like, in fact I’d be hard pressed to find one that I had anything negative to say about, but I do not want to spoil the visual treats that await any reader lucky enough to pick up a copy of this book so I shall say no more. I will add that the end papers are also brilliant, and they alone are probably with getting the book for. Right, that’s it, no more secrets and spoiling of the surprises that are inside.
Recommended for 7+.