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Title:
Iron John
Author:
Mayer, Marianna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
With the help of Iron John, also known as the wild man of the forest, a young prince makes his way in the world and finds his true love.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 3 Quiz: 20020.
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ISBN:
9780688115548

9780688115555
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Book

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When the mysterious and feared creature known as Iron John is captured from an enchanted wood, young Prince Hans is more fascinated than frightened. He sets Iron John free and runs away with him to start a new life filled with heroism, romance, and self-discovery. Drawing on the Grimm tale and on ancient myths, Marianna Mayer weaves a resonant story of friendship between a courageous boy and his adoptive father. Lush illustrations and medieval-inspired design create a picture of the wildwood beyond compare.


Author Notes

Marianna Mayer published her first book, Beauty and the Beast, at the age of nineteen. After college, she studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City. She eventually transitioned to writing. Her works include The Unicorn Alphabet, Marcel the Pastry Chef, Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, and The Adventures of Tom Thumb.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Iron John, a wild man captured by the king's men, fascinates a young prince named Hans. The boy frees the noble savage, follows him into the enchanted woods, and accepts him as a second father, learning from him the ways of the forest. Later, after Hans leaves the forest, he is able to use the lessons he has learned (and Iron John's assistance) to succeed in life and win the hand of his true love. Mayer combines elements from tales of the Brothers Grimm, the legends of Merlin, and other ancient sources to create an imaginative fantasy that speaks to all who aspire to protect the earth. Pels' mixed-media artwork, rich in earth tones accented with reds, suggests a medieval European setting and conveys elegance well suited to Mayer's classic-style text. Most double-page spreads contain a full-page-plus illustration with a smaller column of text. Although somewhat long for most story-hour presentations, this will be welcomed for one-on-one sharing between parent and child. --Kay Weisman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Adopting a storyteller's voice for the narration of this bewitching tale, Mayer (Pegasus) skillfully weaves together the essence of several Wild Man myths. Here, Merlin takes on the guise of Iron John, who "lived among the animals in the woodland as their protector." Pels's (previously paired with Mayer for Turandot) dense paintings evoke medieval tapestries. The tendriled elegance of the fronds and ferns in the forest where Iron John dwells pulls readers into this mysterious world. Rabbits, squirrels and deer in fur that perfectly camouflages them against the trees reinforce the "mantle of invisibility" cast over the forest. Yet the Wild Man himself is not completely safe. One of the king's trappers captures him, and he is kept in a cage at the castle until the king's young son, Hans, sets him freeÄin innumerable ways. Mayer subtly works in the drawbacks of Iron John's seemingly idyllic life: "But alas, there are consequences for such profound protection, for the forest ceased to grow and now stood frozen in time." Only through Hans's maturation and example does the Wild Man find balance between seclusion and society. Pels reflects these changes in Iron John's portraits: early on in the book, the Wild Man appears almost unsightly. But as the man's relationship with Hans causes him to soften his own view of the world, his image in the artwork softens, too. By the close of the book, Iron John is restored to his former regal figure, complete with robes and crown the color of his verdant forest. A captivating take on an age-old story. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4 In this lush retelling of a lesser-known Grimm fairy tale, young Prince Hans leaves his palace home to accompany a gentle savage called Iron John into an enchanted woods. While living with him, Hans learns the importance of all living creatures and begins to think of the man as a second father. Unfortunately, the boy's impulsive behavior costs him his idyllic existence when he disobeys Iron John three times. Forced to leave the woods, the prince makes his own way in the world, eventually coming upon another kingdom. Once there, he falls in love with the king's beautiful daughter and earns her love by proving his bravery. This is a highly enjoyable tale for modern readers and Mayer's masterful narrative abilities are in full evidence here. Pels's dramatic paintings add to the power of the story and accentuate its lyricism, while providing their own elegant charm. Melissa Hudak, Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.