Cressida Cowell - How to Steal a Dragon's Sword - Hachette Children's Group

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

Book 9

By Cressida Cowell

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  • £6.99

A brand new hilarious Hiccup adventure in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

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!

Biographical Notes

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series which is now published in over 30 languages. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children. Check out Cressida's Hiccup website: www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444900941
  • Publication date: 06 Oct 2011
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) — The Sunday Times
Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated — Daily Express
Top stuff — The Daily Telegraph
A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her — Books for Keeps
Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant — The Sunday Times
Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status — The Times
The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit — Read It
Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages — Writing Magazine
This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike — Publishing News

PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:
'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
... 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
'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' — Daily Telegraph
'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' — The Times
'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' — Woman's Weekly
Top stuff. — Daily Telegraph
Especially good... raises the series to classic status. — Times
Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** — Books For Keeps
Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. — Daily Express
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