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How To Train Your Dragon: How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Cressida Cowell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2006 How To Train Your Dragon (Book 4)

Read the original books before you see the How to Train Your Dragon film!

THE STORY CONTINUES in the fourth 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. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero.

Fishlegs has been struck with deadly Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find ... a potato. But where on Berk will Hiccup find such a thing?

Hiccup will have to dodge Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero ... again.

How to Train Your Dragon is soon to be a DreamWorks film starring Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, out in March 2010 adapted from the best selling How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell.

Read the rest of Hiccup's exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, and How to Break a Dragon's Heart.

Check out the all-new Hiccup website at 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!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340902639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340902639
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton.

Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit and the series is now published in over 30 languages.

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks Animation feature film and has received both Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.A sequel is scheduled for release in 2014 and an animated series is launching on the Cartoon Network in 2012.

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:

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'Outrageously funny and inventive ... a novel with huge appeal ... It's hard to beat this story for sheer entertainment and larger than life, distinctive - and differentiated characters.' (Books for Keeps)

'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)


Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing

(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)

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. (Sunday Herald, Glasgow)

... 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)

Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. (Independent on Sunday)

Rollicking fun with a whiff of the past. (The Guardian)

'Rollicking fun with a whiff of the past.' (The Guardian)

'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 children's editor)

Book Description

In this fourth hilarious How to Train your Dragon title - can Hiccup save the life of his best friend, Fishlegs?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggle-tastic 25 Oct 2010
By DU70
great book - we all really look forward to my 6 year old's bed time as it has us all in giggles - language is just right - not too simple but still easily understood and my 6yo can read it himself if he puts his mind to it. I caught him reading some to his friend on a play date which must be a great reccommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to cheat a Dragon's Curse 16 Oct 2010
A Kid's Review
This book is REALLY funny, I liked the bit where Snotlout told Hiccup the snow will turn as blue as Gobber the Belch's nose before you become chief, and it really did come true!!! Leon, age 6
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept; great service 25 Oct 2009
My sons first books he's chosen himself to read alone!! Saved a fortune buying them from seller. Tone is pitched perfectly at boys 8-12. Better than Potter for boys
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing since 'fish legs' 28 Dec 2007
By b.lops
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
David Tennant is a truly wonderful narrator. He brings the characters to life, unfortunately now my son wants me to read the books aloud and I can't compete (could David pop round to my place at about 8.00pm?!). All the Hiccup books are wonderful for children, boys especially, full of all the gross humour they love. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD

I love audio books and as an educator have always taken an interest in children's books.
The reason?
To see if I think they are worth reading, are at the right reading level, to see if they will grab the attention and... a confession to enjoy reading or in this case listening to them.

I can honestly say this audio version read by David Tennant exceeds expectation on all four counts.

And if you include the extra proviso for an audio book.
Which should be is the reader any good at reading the book?

then make that five.
Make no mistake this is five star book.
Inventive, funny, amusing, and the vocalization by the angelic Tennant is wonderful.
He is up there with Kenneth Williams and Stephen Fry and that is some compliment.
When Tennant reads Cowell's wonderful tales you are convinced that all the characters are there.

How the heck I have missed this excellent series for so long is beyond me.
This is my first book but it will not be my last.
100 per cent recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars you can not read it on kindle 7 May 2014
By kasia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have bought the book for my son, he was disappointed because the pages did not fit to kindle and he could not read it, the text was cut from right side and I could fix the problem. I have to buy another book and that one was working in my kindle fine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible on iPad 5 May 2014
By Lewis
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Looks terrible.

Does not display properly on a new iPad.

I cannot really add much more other than to say what is the point of a book that is of such poor quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
This time it is the deep winter on Berk and the Hooligans are getting into trouble with their neighbours the hysterics. So when Fishlegs starts behaving very strangely with newly found berserker tendencies it looks like a case of vorpentitus. The only problem is the cure is the "vegetable that must not be named" and the only one of those is in the hands of the Hysterics.

So Hiccup and Camicazi must set off on a quest to steal the potato ...

Filled with the usual mad characters and introducing the loveable Norbert the Nutjob this is another triumph of story telling and a book children of all ages will enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
My 7year old daughter loves reading these books she's mad on the film and the programme (Riders of Berk)
She loves dragons
Published 1 month ago by jen
1.0 out of 5 stars does not work on kindle fire
Great books but it won't display on the kindle fire. Downloading it again doesn't help, despite the sample copy displaying fine.
Published 1 month ago by HC Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Mad
My Mum bought the first book for my daughter for her as part of her birthday present. she then kept asking for some more. Thank you for the fast service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Seven year old Loves This Book
Really well thought out to entertain children and encourage reading.
My son has been working through all of this series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to listen to
This cd is really good and the narration by David Tennet (Dr. Who) brings the book to life! Great Book.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline Claire Voyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun.
Arrived promptly, well packed. Bought this for our twin grand daughters (2 years old) and they love it. An excellent book.
Published 5 months ago by Keith Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars how to train your dragon, excellent cd just can not get my son to...
Great entertainment for children, my son loves both the books and the cd, it is encouraging him to read and we can not wait for the next book
Published 7 months ago by karen gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Been read several times already
My daughter has recently started reading this series of books and is very keen on it. Cressida Cowell has a good understanding of what it's like to be different to others when you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My daughter and I love all these books. Great old fashioned adventure tales. Great characters, lots of drama, lots of laugh out loud moments, and genuine page turners.
Published 8 months ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars How to cheat a Dragon's curse plus 5 others in the series
My grand-daughter loves the How To Train Your Dragon series. She has 2, and I ordered
6 more, as part birthday/Christmas stocking/school holiday treats. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maggie
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