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

How To Train Your Dragon

Book 1

By Cressida Cowell

  • Paperback
  • £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.

  • Other details

  • 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