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How To Train Your Dragon: 4: How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE AUDIO VERSION READ BY DAVID TENNANT.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2010
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
on 25 October 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
on 28 December 2007
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2010
My 7 year old boy absolutely loves this fantastic series of books. Having been given the first in the series for his birthday last Christmas, he was hooked and begs for the next in the series to be bought.
"An exciting adventure with dragons and monsterous monsters".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2014
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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on 20 September 2014
Bought for my daughter, who really likes it, but the real purpose of this review is to highlight to those who bought the Kindle edition in May 2014 and are having display issues, please contact Amazon - there is an updated kindle file, but the automatic update isn't working. Anyone who purchases it now shouldn't have any issues.

Having talked to both Amazon support and the publishers, it seems the initial issue was reported to the publishers in May and an updated file sent to Amazon within a few days, but for some reason this is a different kindle book to the original and so there is no way to update those of us who purchased the version in May. However, Amazon support did issue a refund when I explained all this and when I purchased it again all was well.
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on 26 August 2014
I recently purchased two 'How to train your dragon' books for my daughter to read on Kindle while we were on holiday. Unfortunately, the formatting is more like a PDF than a proper MOBI file. You can't enlarge the tiny text without expanding the whole page and the text on each line running off the side of the screen. This has clearly been done to preserve the pretty artwork around the text in the print copy, but renders the books too frustrating for an 8 year old (or me, frankly) to read. Having converted a print book to MOBI myself, I find it hard to believe the publishers have done it this way.

It's a shame as I reckon they'd be good books in the right format.
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