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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Unabridged edition (17 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478954140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478954149
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,020,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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: www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com

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PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:

'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)

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)

... 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)

'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' (Amanda Craig, Times)

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

'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' (Daily Telegraph)

'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' (The Times)

'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' (Woman's Weekly)

Top stuff. (Daily Telegraph)

Especially good... raises the series to classic status. (Times)

Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** (Books For Keeps)

Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. (Daily Express)

By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful. (The Times)

As gripping and as rousing as ever... as with the best children's literature, these books are about much bigger things: endurance, loyalty, friendship and love. And Cowell's illustrations and visual storytelling enhance the action no end. (The Daily Telegraph)

Exciting adventures, great characters and plenty of jokes and funny drawings make Hiccups adventures some of our favourite books. (tBk Mag)

Embellished with plenty of the clashing fonts, ink blots and scribbly pencil drawings that make this series of books so unique. How To Betray a Dragon's Hero takes the saga to a completely new level and is an enormously enjoyable read. (Bookbag)

Cressida Cowell's 11th and penultimate volume in the phenomenal How to Train Your Dragon series. (Sunday Times)

A smart, funny read that will keep children on the edges of their seats. (Daily Express)

If you haven't discovered How To Train Your Dragon you are missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature. (The Guardian)

The penultimate book in the popular series. (The Schools Advertiser) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In this penultimate book in the How to Train Your Dragon series, Hiccup has one last hurdle before the final battle can begin ... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon on 13 Oct. 2013
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We were really looking forward to this instalment as book 9 ended on a bit of a cliff hanger. This book picks up and continues to take us on the roller coaster of emotions as we plummet head long to the final chapter in Hiccups memoirs. The book is well paced to keep younger readers hooked and the adventure comes thick and fast. The writer has built a really beautiful mix of characters through out the series and the situations that develop allow the reader to explore some complex themes. The redemption of a lost soul in this volume is both moving and exceptionally well written. In many ways the reader is left with a charming dilemma, the need to read on while realising that the end is neigh. My son and I can't for the next book, but it will be the last. For Thors sake, what will we do then?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MisterG on 30 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
Yet another wonderful book from Cressida Cowell. This series is getting better and better with each book. The last installment cannot come soon enough. Simply fantastic.
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"How to Betray a Dragon's Hero" by Cressida Cowell is eleventh installment in popular series for children "How To Train Your Dragon".

In this book, the readers are continue to follow the adventures of little boy named Hiccup who has the mysterious ability to talk to dragons and his dragon partner Toothless.
Hiccup and his small team of friends are trying to regain the Lost Things back from Alvin the Treacherous, the wicked king of Wilderwest and his mother. The matters are becoming even more complicated by the fact that at the same time they have to flee the Dragon Furious...

"How to Betray a Dragon's Hero" book is basically setting up for the final series installment, and with this one series became much more dangerous and darker compared to previous episodes.
Also, this sequel at its end has a great cliffhanger that will keep readers impatient until the release of the last twelfth continuing, offering lot of action, twists and turns that makes reading of its 400 pages to pass in a moment.

Although the target audience for this book is preteen kids, it's nice to see that the author didn't fall for clichés - her hero is equally passing through successes and failures, she's not making him invincible which is a good lesson for young readers.
Additionally it was interesting to see the changes in Snotlout character through this book, while he as character is becoming more developed and beginning to be much more popular character than you might expect.

So if you read earlier installments, in front of you is another exciting experience before the saga of the boy and the dragon will be finished; this sequel is anything but boring, so get ready for a real rollercoaster experience in this beautiful fantasy land...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pitco on 30 Sept. 2013
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I get these books for my daughter who loves them. But i had to read this as soon as we got it! It is easily the best book of the series. I just cant believe i have to wait again before finding out what happens. Slightly more grown up- but that fits in the story line. Strongly recommend it for children as well as adults.
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Format: Kindle Edition
What a long way these books have come! It's hard to believe that the Hiccup I first came to know back in 2003 and have since grown up with has come so far and matured in such a way. The series is fantastic for kids and adults alike and I highly recommend all 11 books in the series.

This book, like most of the more recent installments, is much darker than the first books in the series. This is by far the darkest and one of the most heart-wrenching, and I couldn't put it down until I had finished the whole book. I really feel as though the series has grown and matured along with Hiccup; the books still maintain appeal and are appropriate for children and young teenagers, but I feel that this book in particular is aimed more toward young adults as it's a lot less 'fun and games' compared to the first few books and a lot less gentle. I think this really adds to the book as Cowel doesn't shy away from more adult themes for the younger audience, and this story has definitely ellicited the most emotional reaction from me out of all the books.

All in all, whilst this book is a lot more 'grown up' than some of the earlier books in terms of themes and content, Cressida delivers another fantastic 'How To Train Your Dragon' book with an increble cliffhanger, making me eager to see what becomes of the dragons and Hiccup himself in the finall instalment of my favourite series of books.

Daniel Jeffery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hill on 1 Nov. 2013
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You laugh you cry, another amazing Hiccup adventure. It's no 11 in the series, you can read each one individually but it's best to read them in order as Hiccup matures through the books. Fabulous series of books for bedtime stories, grown ups can get just as much from them as children. Hiccup's hunting dragon Toothless is an inspired creation and in our house he has jumped off the pages and lives in our imaginations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C J GREAVES on 25 Oct. 2013
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This is following the much darker plot like the more recent books. Everything looks hopeless but there are still bursts of humour and the hogfly is hilarious. These books are the only ones that get my children begging for me to read at night, and moaning when I stop. This one does have some scary moments but we were all gripped from start to finish.
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