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How to Speak Dragonese
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
My whole family are hopelessly in love with Hiccup the Useless and his Dragon Toothless. The Viking nerd is back, trying to learn how to handle a boat in the usual ghastly weather off Berk when they are captured by Romans. Hiccup and his best friend Fishlegs escpae, but poor Toothless is captured, and in order to rescue him the boys have to team up with the daughter of a neighbouring tribe, Kamikazi. The madly funny drawings and great dialogue lie over more thoughtful stuff about what makes a real hero. Absolutely perfect for age 6-13. We can't wait for the audio version, too, read by the new Dr. Who.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2009
This is immense fun!

Hiccup reminded me of Artemis Fowl with his plans, his cunning and his fierce intelligence, but he's more positive than Eoin Colfer's flawed (though IMO also very enjoyable!) anithero.

Hiccup, along with his friends, gets into scrapes because he is not that talented at being a Viking - the problems start when he and his friend Fishlegs attempt rather foolhardily to board a peaceable fishermen's boat and pick the wrong vessel, and from then on disasters of hilarious proportions come thick and fast.

The book is full of the kind of jokes young boys find hilarious, but even this (rather older...) lass found much of it funny, sometimes side-splittingly so. Vivid characters and an endlessly inventive storyline had me hooked.

David Tennant must also be highly commended for bringing the characters to life with such immense verve and a highly entertaining range of voices and accents. Favourites of mine (though all of them were brilliant) included Stoick, who sounded something like Sean Connery's elderly granddad, Fishlegs, whose endless incapacity for piracy brought desperation to his every word, and Camikazi, heir to the Bog Burglers, who had me in stitches every time she appeared.

Overall, a wonderful book read with immense talent, enthusiasm and inventiveness by a talented storyteller, this is a must-own. A little too old for my nephew just yet, but it will be no hardship looking after the discs for him until he's old enough to claim them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
NOTE this is a review of the AUDIO BOOK Version read by David Tennant.

This is my second audio book in the series by Cressida Cowell.
The reason I was so quick to get this one was that the the first How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse was so good.
How To Train Your Dragon: How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse: CD [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged]

This is its equal it is a marvelous book but it really is racked up into the great ratings by David Tennant's marvelous reading and his interpretation of the characters. He truly is outstanding. He is on a par with Tony Robinson's readings of the Terry Pratchett Books and Stephen Fry's Harry Potters. And that is some compliment.

He really makes the characters his own. His range is brilliant from the Hero Hiccup and his pet Dragon Toothless to all the other and myriad characters including the Roman Galley crew and Leaders- you can almost smell the garlic and Olive Oil in their accents - not to mention the Soured Herrings and Whelk Sandwiches of the Vikings!

The story is amusing for children and adults alike and well the trouble is it really whets your appetite for more of the same.

In this one we get to meet the Romans (Boo) and The Bog Rustler's Heir Cami Cazziie Hooray- all 4 foot 4 and wild sword play. not to mention talking the hind leg off a donkey whilst doing it!

The good news is that there are quite a few.

So I am off with Hiccup read by David Tennant another of Cressida Cowell's wonderful voyages!

Terrific!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2010
This gets the ultimate thumbs up, after the childern had listened to this, then my husband borrowed it to listen to in the car! so suitable for all ages :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2010
What a fabulous collection of books....my 6 year old discovered these a month ago and has almost completed the collection. We've now got a collection of CD books to listen to in the car and I frequently burst into fits of laughter. Appeals to children and adults alike. He anxiously awaits any further releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
My 7-year old bookworm daughter loved this book and the whole series but I won't buy any more on Kindle as the text has not been optimised. This means she can either read it in tiny text, or so big that just a few words fit on a page. Can someone ask the publishers to sort it out? Kids have Kindles too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2010
I bought this as a present for my grandson, as he'd recently seen the film of How To Train Your Dragon, and I hope to buy the complete set for him.He is delighted with the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2010
if you have reluctant readers in your family - this is the answer!!
these books are great and the kids love them!! especially Toothless the dragon
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2007
My whole family are hopelessly in love with Hiccup the Useless and his Dragon Toothless. The Viking nerd is back, trying to learn how to handle a boat in the usual ghastly weather off Berk when they are captured by Romans. Hiccup and his best friend Fishlegs escape, but poor Toothless is captured, and in order to rescue him the boys have to team up with the daughter of a neighbouring tribe, Kamikazi. The madly funny drawings and great dialogue lie over more thoughtful stuff about what makes a real hero. Absolutely perfect for age 6-13. We can't wait for the audio version, too, read by the new Dr. Who: David Tennant! He should really bring it to life!!
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