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How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Hear the books that inspired the Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon films.

THE STORY BEGINS in the first volume of Hiccup’s How to Train Your Dragon memoirs read by David Tennant…

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero. Warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist, he was known throughout Vikingdom as ‘the Dragon Whisperer’, on account of his amazing power over these terrifying beasts.

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…

Hear the rest of Hiccup’s exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in 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 Hiccup website at http://www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com. It’s the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own dragon to do tricks!


(P) Hodder Children’s Books 2004
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Genre: Interest Age / Level / Interest Age: From C 7 Years

On Sale: 6th May 2010

Price: £13.99

ISBN-13: 9781444901825

Reviews

A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story.
Waterstones Quarterly Magazine
Filled with thrilling adventure and action-packed heroes
Charlotte Tarling, Year 6, Country Child
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.
Independent on Sunday
One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time
The Independent
Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too.
Time Out
Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit
The Independent
The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share
Dundee Courier
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
... 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
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
A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish.
Armadillo, Spring 2003
A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure
Observer
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
This book will definitely make you laugh out loud
Torquay Herald Express
Top stuff
The Daily Telegraph
Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves
The 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
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
Hilarious
guardian.co.uk
Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
Wise, colourful and funny
Dorset Echo
Has a good story to it
Jamie, aged 9, Daily Record
I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly
Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday
Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader
The Spectator
Proper modern classics
Sunday Express
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
By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful
The Times
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
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world
The Daily Telegraph
Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories
Books Quarterly (Waterstones)
... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.
The Financial 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
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
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful
Independent on Sunday
The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class.
The Sunday Telegraph