Cressida Cowell - How To Train Your Dragon - Hachette Children's Group

How To Train Your Dragon

Book 1

By Cressida Cowell

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  • £6.99

The story of Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III's rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in his own words.

Read the book that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.

THE STORY BEGINS in the first volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs...

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that.
In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury.

Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

Biographical Notes

Cressida grew up in Chelsea. She studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford University. She then worked at Macmillan in the Fiction department. She took a BA at St Martins in graphic design and then an MA in Narrative Illustration at Brighton. She is married with three children and lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9780340999073
  • Publication date: 04 Feb 2010
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class. — The Sunday Telegraph
Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) — The Daily Telegraph
If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian’s children’s books editor
Filled with thrilling adventure and action-packed heroes — Charlotte Tarling, Year 6, Country Child
By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful — The Times
Proper modern classics — Sunday Express
Hilarious — guardian.co.uk
A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure — Observer
The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share — Dundee Courier
Her genuinely fierce, intelligent and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero's mix of quick wit, courage and loyalty — Kirkus
One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time — The Independent
I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly — Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful — Independent on Sunday
This light-hearted, well-illustrated mock saga would appeal to girls and boys. My Dad liked it too. More please. — Geoffrey Truscott, aged 11, The Glasgow Herald
What we have here is Harry Potter meets Blackadder. The result is a story that anyone with a tolerance of snot and gore would find richly entertaining — The Glasgow Herald
Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories — Books Quarterly (Waterstones)
This book will definitely make you laugh out loud — Torquay Herald Express
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world — The Daily Telegraph
Top stuff — The Daily Telegraph
Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader — The Spectator
Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves — The Times
Wise, colourful and funny — Dorset Echo
Cowell is a master of storytelling...On a profound level, this series celebrates divergence and being true to oneself, teaching children that they don't have to be carbon copies of their parents — Hay Festival of the Arts
Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit — The Independent
Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too. — Time Out
Has a good story to it — Jamie, aged 9, Daily Record
Full of bright wit and brutal honesty, this is a brilliant book that launched a huge series ... This is a fantastic adventure that explores failure as well as success and weighs the cost of being different against the price of fitting in with sneaky maturity and shining humour — The List
' The combination of cartoons with sharp wit is what makes this book so uniquely special.' — Books Quaterly (Waterstones)
'... full of charm ... imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.' — Waterstones Books Quarterly
'another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.' — Writeaway.org
'... inspired series ... its enchantment lies primarily in the comical, affectionate and often irritable relationship between Hiccup (the only nerd in the violent Viking Hooligan tribe) and his runty little dragon Toothless.' — Amanda Craig, The Times
Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it. — Amanda Craig, The Times
CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper... It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. — Sunday Herald, Glasgow
... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps
'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' — Amanda Craig, Times
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday
Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal. Cowell's anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour. — The Herald
'If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature.' — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children's editor
'What a fab book ... will definitely make you laugh out loud!' — Torquay Herald Express
Highly original. Uproarious. — Woman's Weekly
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How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

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Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton
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Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton

Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back and this time they're on a mission to cheer up one very unhappy teddy bear. But, no matter what they try, the teddy bear is STILL miserable. Emily Brown has had ENOUGH!With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative team in children's books.'Will both delight fans, and give them something to reflect on. Layton's illustrations are a joy, matching the text perfectly.' - BooksellerWritten by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

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Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton
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Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton

Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a particularly exciting part . . . Ring! Ring! goes the Emergency Telephone and it's Matilda's mummy on the end worrying that Matilda isn't wearing her wellies, or eating properly or almost anything. How can Emily Brown persuade her that sometimes adventures are good? This brilliant title from this award-winning team is a witty and poignant book about the importance of spending quality time with your children and allowing them to explore the world around them.'A sensitive and witty handling of fears that has a valuable lesson for adults too. Great fun.' - Daily MailWritten by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

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Emily Brown and the Thing

Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton
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Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night's sleep . . . but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can't he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child's imagination.'Rascally bedtime fare.' - BooklistWritten by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

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That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton
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Cressida Cowell, Neal Layton

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson! Winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award, chosen for the Richard & Judy Christmas book party, a Bookaboo Book Club book as seen on CITV and read by Amanda Holden.'Charming, funny and gets my vote as the best picture book of the year.' - Financial TimesWritten by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick.http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

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A Journal for Heroes

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell

Ink-splattered and full of quotes, Viking songs and riotous drawings from the How to Train Your Dragon books. This is a must-have journal for all seasons with blank space for young Heroes to fill with their own dragon drawings and heroic musings...Also includes Dragon jokes and useful Dragonese phrases to help train even the naughtiest of dragons. How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the BIG Summer movie of 2014 starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read the rest of Hiccup's exploits in How to Train Your Dragon Books 1-11. Check out www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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Incomplete Book of Dragons

Cressida Cowell
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How to be a Viking

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell

The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON book ever, and the inspiration for Cressida Cowell's best-selling fiction books that is now a Dreamworks feature film.So begins Cressida Cowell's stories about a little Viking who cannot fit in. Unlike his dad, Stoick the Vast, Hiccup is tiny, thoughtful and polite and scared of almost everything - especially of going to sea for the very first time. But go he must... So who will save the day when everything goes wrong aboard ship and all the big Vikings lose their cool? This wonderfully witty fable will delight all those who have ever faced up to their worst fears. This 2014 reissue includes a letter from Cressida Cowell to the reader. 'This is a lovely book; it is warm and witty, with instant appeal...' - The Children's Bookseller

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How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell
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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.The story continues in the tenth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs. When we last left Hiccup things were getting very dark indeed. The Dragon Rebellion has begun. Snotlout is the new Chief of the Hooligan Tribe. Stoick has been banished and given the Slavemark. And Alvin the Treacherous has EIGHT of the King's Lost Things, and has been proclaimed the new King of the Wilderwest ... But what can Hiccup do, now all alone and in exile, hunted by both humans and dragons? Can he find the Dragon Jewel, mankind's last and only hope? And if he does, what will he do with it?How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel and How to Betray a Dragon's Hero. Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

Hodder Children's Books

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

Cressida Cowell
Authors:
Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.The story continues in the ninth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs.Bad times have come to the Archipelago. Ever since the woods of Berserk burned down, it is almost as if the world is cursed. Dragons are starting to revolt against their Masters. The waters have risen, flooding fields and washing whole villages away. But worse still, the wicked witch Excellinor has returned. Can Hiccup find the King's Things and win the sword-fighting contest to stop Alvin the Treacherous from becoming King of the Wilderwest?How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel and How to Betray a Dragon's Hero.Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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How To Be A Pirate

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell
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How To Speak Dragonese

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.THE STORY CONTINUES in the third volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ...Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero.Climbing on to a Roman Dragon Rustling ship by mistake in your first 'Boarding an Enemy Ship' lesson is bad enough. But to then discover that Alvin the Treacherous is also on board proves to Hiccup he couldn't have been more wrong, especially when he steals his copy of How to Speak Dragonese. Can Hiccup save the dragons and the day?How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury. Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse

Cressida Cowell
Authors:
Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.THE STORY CONTINUES in the fourth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ... Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Fishlegs has been struck with deadly Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find ... a potato. But where on Berk will Hiccup find such a thing? Hiccup will have to dodge Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero ... again.How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury. Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

Cressida Cowell
Authors:
Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults alike.THE STORY CONTINUES in the fifth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ... Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Someone has stolen the Fire Egg. Now the Volcano on Volcano Island is active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire Egg to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, AND save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators?How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury. Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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How to Ride a Dragon's Storm

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell
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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell
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How to Break a Dragon's Heart

Cressida Cowell
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Cressida Cowell

Read the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films. THE STORY CONTINUES in the eighth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs... Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero.Hiccup must battle Berserks, dodge Scarers, complete the Impossible Task and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast! And all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the Lost Throne. What's a Hero to do?How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing - The Times Read all of Hiccup's exploits in the series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, How to Break a Dragon's Heart, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury Check out the brilliant website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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