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How to be a Pirate [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Cressida Cowell , David Tennant
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Book Description

15 July 2004
What happens when someone says 'Do Not Open This Box'? Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, now in pirate training, finds out in this hilarious sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, when the box is opened not once, not twice, but three times!

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (15 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184032693X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840326932
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 10.3 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,258,135 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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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)

... 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)

A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. (Waterstones Quarterly Magazine)

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)

... 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)

Book Description

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and everso hairy. But even Viking heros have to begin somewhere... An unabridged reading by David Tennant.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars further adventures of hiccup! 1 May 2010
By whoosh
Format:Audio CD
Forget the film and invest in this great series. For long car journeys with children throw away the portable dvd player and put any one of these story cds on.
We have the whole series and all of the stories have been played over and over again and -unlike the film based on the first adventure that Hiccup has - are entirely true to the books. The story itself ( and all in the series) is fantastic for both children and adults alike. However the fact that they are read by the talented David Tennant really does just clinch the deal. The story is read by him in such an engaging way that you will drive round the block to make sure you hear the end. His voices for all the characters are wonderful and seem to encapuslate each individual precisely.
All our family enjoy them from 5-45 male and female.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even funnier than How to train your dragon 5 Sep 2004
Hiccup the Useless and his dragon Toothless are back, trying to learn sword-fighting at sea in the middle of a storm whipped up by Thor on a bad day. Saved from death at the edge of Snotlout's sword by the indomitable Toothless (who bites his enemy's bum when he can be bothered) and from drowning by a mysterious coffin, the Hairy Hooligan tribe are soon hotly pursuing a fabulous treasure hidden by one of Hiccup's ancestors on an island guarded by terrifying monsters. Once again, Hiccup's brains outwit the deep-laid plots of their enemies... The great jokes and insanely funny drawings go deeper than mere gags. This is the story of how a clever boy in a stupid family not only proves his worth as a real hero but makes his stupid father, Stoic the Vast, realise that he loves his son, and is proud of him. One of the most perfect series to get boys hooked on books, it is strongly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
Both the book and the audio of this are great. The adventuires of Hiccup perfect for boys of 6-10 who have stopped reading. The are funny, exciting, touching and written in the kind of vivid language that children understand immediately. Hiccup is a wonderful hero, a kind of Viking nerd despised by his thuggish tribe (including his father Stoic the Vast). Here, the Hooligan tribe get directions to a legendary treasure, guarded by monsters. Only Hiccup, his tiny dragon Toothless and his best friend Fishlegs get it - but they have to get past more monsters and a treacherous farmer first. Read by David Tennant, the new Doctor Who, with huge gusto.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a pirate 16 Jun 2010
I bought this along with three other books in this series for my just 8 year old grandson. He can't get enough and has deserted his Wii in favour of reading this book. He has read some of it out loud to me and I must say it is a well written and fun book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment for all the family 13 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the first in the Hiccup series and having read all the books that are published at the moment we headed to the CD's and were most delighted with David Tennant's reading - he is superb. I have 3 sons 12, 10 and 8 and all five of us listen to it in the car, totally enthralled - in fact we have been known to sit in the car, having reached our destination, refusing to get out until it has finished! You wont regret buying this audio book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have struggled to get my son reading but after finishing one of the later books in the series he read the book of How to train your Dragon. Today was his birthday and, as one of his presents was a kindle, I thought I would encourage his newly found love of reading and download this, the second in the series.

When he started to read this book he found the font very small and asked if I could change it - unfortunately the only options were to "zoom" from 150% upwards and this took the font off of the page. We checked the other books I had pre loaded for him (A Terry Pratchett and an Artemis Fowl) and font sizes could be adjusted as usual.

After discussing this via webchat with Amazon this problem would appear to be because the book contains scanned pictures. My son will struggle on and read this small font but please be aware - should you be purchasing this for anyone with a visual impairment that they will be unlikely to be able to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a pirate 9 May 2010
A Kid's Review
I finished this book in two days and I loved it. It was so exciting I could not put it down. I have also read some of the other books in the series and I adored them to I hoped the other books will be just as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give this woman a medal 22 Mar 2008
By b.lops
I can't praise the Hiccup books enough. They have managed to get a reluctant reader thoroughly engaged and excited by books. He (my 8 year old) has read these books over the last couple of years and as he finishes one he's pining for the next. How to be a pirate is as good as the others. Hiccup finds himself being a hero the hard way once again. He's a wonderful character for boys particularly.
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