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How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Listen to 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.
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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / Adventure Stories (children's / Teenage)

On Sale: 12th February 2004

Price: £13.99

ISBN-13: 9781840329698

Reviews

Wise, colourful and funny
Dorset Echo
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful
Independent on Sunday
A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish.
Armadillo, Spring 2003
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
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
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 first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class.
The Sunday Telegraph
Proper modern classics
Sunday Express
Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit
The Independent
Top stuff
The Daily Telegraph
Hilarious
guardian.co.uk
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
Has a good story to it
Jamie, aged 9, Daily Record
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
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world
The Daily Telegraph
This book will definitely make you laugh out loud
Torquay Herald Express
Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly
Amanda Craig, 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
Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader
The Spectator
The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share
Dundee Courier
One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time
The Independent
A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story.
Waterstones Quarterly Magazine
[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
Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves
The Times
... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.
The Financial Times
Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories
Books Quarterly (Waterstones)
Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too.
Time Out
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
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 laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure
Observer
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