Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorCressida Cowell
Publication DateJanuary, 1970
ISBN-139780316531221
GenreJuvenile Fiction/Fantasy & Magic
9780316531221

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9780316531221A young Viking boy goes on an adventure with Toothless, his mischievous dragon, in the New York Times bestselling book that inspired the hit movie trilogy!Action-packed, hilarious, and perfectly illustrated, How to Train Your Dragon is a beloved modern classic with millions of fans across the globe. This edition features cover art from the Dreamworks film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and bonus excerpts from other exciting books by Cressida Cowell. In the book that started it all, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb? Join his adventures and misadventures as he finds a new way to train dragons--and becomes a hero.

Specifications

Series Title
How to Train Your Dragon
Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
256
Author
Cressida Cowell
Title
How to Train Your Dragon
ISBN-13
9780316531221
Publication Date
January, 1970
ISBN-10
0316531227

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
How to Train your drag...
How to Train your dragon is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and toothless some of the bravest warriors in the Hooligan Village. But Hiccup was not always a great warrior. Compared to the average Viking Hiccup is very different by different I mean small. This story tells the ups and downs that Hiccup went throw to become a great warrior. The main part is when two Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus and threatened to eat every one! And because Hiccup speaks Dragonese, language of dragons (and the only person that could); he talked to one of the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus said "I come in peace but I'm still going to eat you all." Then he made a plain to destroy the dragons. And it worked. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you don't read this book you are crazy because it is a funny adventure.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
What a huge disappoint...
What a huge disappointment. I bought this series for my child based on the movie. (The books are always better, right? Not in this case.)The dragon Toothless isn't even likable. I'd suggest the reading to a second grader, but with all the spelling mistakes perhaps not. The mistakes are made to look like dark age Viking spelling, I get it, but perhaps it's more fitting for an immature fifth grader? I don't know, even my child wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
How to Train your drag...
How to Train your dragon is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and toothless some of the bravest warriors in the Hooligan Village. But Hiccup was not always a great warrior. Compared to the average Viking Hiccup is very different by different I mean small. This story tells the ups and downs that Hiccup went throw to become a great warrior. The main part is when two Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus and threatened to eat every one! And because Hiccup speaks Dragonese, language of dragons (and the only person that could); he talked to one of the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus said "I come in peace but I'm still going to eat you all." Then he made a plain to destroy the dragons. And it worked. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you don't read this book you are crazy because it is a funny adventure.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
What a huge disappoint...
What a huge disappointment. I bought this series for my child based on the movie. (The books are always better, right? Not in this case.)The dragon Toothless isn't even likable. I'd suggest the reading to a second grader, but with all the spelling mistakes perhaps not. The mistakes are made to look like dark age Viking spelling, I get it, but perhaps it's more fitting for an immature fifth grader? I don't know, even my child wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
How to Train your dragon is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and toothless some of the bravest warriors in the Hooligan Village. But Hiccup was not always a great warrior. Compared to the average Viking Hiccup is very different by different I mean small. This story tells the ups and downs that Hiccup went throw to become a great warrior. The main part is when two Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus and threatened to eat every one! And because Hiccup speaks Dragonese, language of dragons (and the only person that could); he talked to one of the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus said "I come in peace but I'm still going to eat you all." Then he made a plain to destroy the dragons. And it worked. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you don't read this book you are crazy because it is a funny adventure.
What a huge disappointment. I bought this series for my child based on the movie. (The books are always better, right? Not in this case.)The dragon Toothless isn't even likable. I'd suggest the reading to a second grader, but with all the spelling mistakes perhaps not. The mistakes are made to look like dark age Viking spelling, I get it, but perhaps it's more fitting for an immature fifth grader? I don't know, even my child wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

How to Train your drag...

How to Train your dragon is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and toothless some of the bravest warriors in the Hooligan Village. But Hiccup was not always a great warrior. Compared to the average Viking Hiccup is very different by different I mean small. This story tells the ups and downs that Hiccup went throw to become a great warrior. The main part is when two Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus and threatened to eat every one! And because Hiccup speaks Dragonese, language of dragons (and the only person that could); he talked to one of the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus said "I come in peace but I'm still going to eat you all." Then he made a plain to destroy the dragons. And it worked. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you don't read this book you are crazy because it is a funny adventure.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This book is about a V...

This book is about a Viking boy named Hiccup III. Hiccup is not an ordinary boy, and he is the son of the chief. Everybody expects Hiccup to be the best but unfortunately he is called Hiccup the Useless and he is the worst. Then one day, he tries to become a real hero by passing the final test. But he gets everybody exiled from the tribe because his dragon almost killed all the dragons. So, it ended it to a big dragon fight. After that, he shouts at his dad about what kind of a dad he is! But then, the chief finds the biggest dragon ever. Everybody then finds out that Hiccup can speak to dragons, which is illegal. But, he ends up saving the day. I like this adventured packed book because it about a person he shows everybody his strength and not his weaknesses. I would rate this book 7 out of 10.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Ill start by saying t...

I'll start by saying that aside from the character names, there aren't too many similarities between the book and the animated film, but I liked them both almost equally. The humor is still just as juvenile, Toothless is just as adorable, and the Vikings are just hilarious. It's just that the plot is entirely different. Which is fine. I can enjoy both. A note on the audio: David Tennant lends nigh-lethal levels of charm to his reading of this tale. I had wondered why the movie had so many Scottish accents when they're supposed to be Norse, but I suspect it's a combination of Cowell's drawing inspiration from the Inner Hebrides and Tennant's memorable narration. My only real complaint is that the music and sound effects in between chapters are noticeably (and annoyingly) louder than the voice track.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Dragons, Vikings and A...

Dragons, Vikings and Adventure are all you need to make a great children's book and "How to Train Your Dragon" contains all these factors. Cressida Cowell, the Author of this great book, is not well known but she will be when this book hits the shelves. Now a bit about the book, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was to be the next chief of the Hairy Hooligans Tribe but there was one problem. To become a full member of the tribe you must pass an initiation test. Hiccup was not the average Viking kid, he was a bit of an outcast. Hiccup was skinny, short and scared, plus he had to live up to the reputation of his dad which happens to be the current Chief of the Tribe. So Hiccup didn't have much hope to become a full member of the tribe and if you don't pass the initiation test you would be exiled from the tribe. Hiccup only had one friend and bullies constantly picking on him were not great motivation boosters. Hiccup conquers his fears and he captures his own dragon but that is only the first part if the test. I don't want to give away too much, so I will leave the rest of the story for you to read about. The cover of this book will really grab you attention so it won't be hard to find in stores. The illustrations and the design of the front cover are really appealing and makes you think the book is really old. This book is excellent for kids because it does not drag on like other books which leave the reader bored. After reading this book I think it is right to say that it is GREAT!!! Since it is short you can read it quickly and after a while you will see it on your shelf then read it again and again and again. I think this book would be great for kids between the ages of 7 to 11. I easily give it 4 stars.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This was a great read ...

This was a great read together chapter book choice for me and my six-year-old. Our tiny obstacle of course was being terribly familiar with the movies and television series based on this book and its sequels. Once we overcame the urge to be confused about the differences we were able to fully enjoy the original story. It was marvelous! Packed with action sequences, bullies and friends, and of course the dragons. A trip to the library for more was requested as soon as we closed the back cover, making it a perfect book for my kid!


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