Cressida Cowell - How To Be A Pirate - Hachette Children's Group

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How To Be A Pirate

Book 2

By Cressida Cowell
Read by David Tennant

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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and everso hairy. But even Viking heros have to begin somewhere... An unabridged reading by David Tennant (3 CDs)

Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films, narrated by David Tennant.

THE STORY CONTINUES in the second 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.

Can Hiccup find Grimbeard the Ghastly's treasure before Alvin the Treacherous gets his sneaky hands on it? And if Hiccup opens a box that says DO NOT OPEN, will he live to tell the tale?

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.

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Biographical Notes

Cressida grew up in Chelsea. She studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford Universtiy. 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 in Brighton. She is married with two children.

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  • ISBN: 9781840329681
  • Publication date: 15 Jul 2004
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  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps — Books For Keeps
It's a wonderfully vibrant story, illustrated with the author's hilarious drawings, and told with a delightfully gobby sense of humour — Books Quarterly (Waterstones)
Cowell is a new star in children's fiction — The Times
Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike — With Kids
Very funny indeed — Maidenhead Advertiser


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
Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing — Junior Education
A wonderful adventure — The School Librarian
... one of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time ... David Tennant reads with outstanding gusto, giving full and varied wellie to the story's rich assortment of Viking and dragon characters. — The Independent
A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. — Waterstones Quarterly Magazine
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. — Lindsey Fraser, 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
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday
brilliantly read by David Tennant — daily telegraph
Read with gigantic gusto by David Tennant, and featuring some shatteringly good sound effects, this kept us all laughing on the edge of our seats for 3 hours apiece — independent on sunday