[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.
This light-hearted, well-illustrated mock saga would appeal to girls and boys. My Dad liked it too. More please.
I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly - in fact, for my money, she's the NEXT BIG THING in children's literature... 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 ½ hours.
I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly
This book will definitely make you laugh out loud
Proper modern classics
A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish.
Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit
Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful
The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share
... 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.
Filled with thrilling adventure and action-packed heroes
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
Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader
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
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
If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature
Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves
One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time
The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class.
Wise, colourful and funny
Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too.
By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world
A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure
Has a good story to it
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
Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories
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.
... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.
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.'
A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story.