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How to Break a Dragon's Heart: Book 8 (How To Train Your Dragon) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340996927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340996928
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another enchanting series of adventures about Hiccup (Daily Express)

Told with Cowell's familiar narrative drive, humour and inventive, emphatic language (School Librarian)

These are glorious stories in every way (The Times)

Lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader (The Daily Telegraph)

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

'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)

'Cressida Cowell's splendid series about the nerdy Viking Hiccup and his tiny dragon Toothless remain perennial favourites, and the latest, How to Break a Dragon's Heart is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

'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)

'... full of charm ... imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.' (Waterstones Books Quarterly)

'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)

'With consistently funny stories told in inventive language - including the opportunity to extend your knowledge of Dragonese - these books always entertain.' (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

'another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.' (Writeaway.org)

'... inspired series ... its enchantment lies primarily in the comical, affectionate and often irritable relationship between Hiccup (the only nerd in the violent Viking Hooligan tribe) and his runty little dragon Toothless.' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

PRAISE FOR HICCUP:
'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)

'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)

'Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal Cowells anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.' (The Herald)

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

Book Description

Read the books that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.

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A Kid's Review on 8 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I love the book "How to Break a Dragons Heart" because, I like the humour in it and the language (fun words, child friendly words, great use of expression). The cliff hangers leave you wanting more, the storylines (there are many books in the series)are always interesting and are about something different each time, lots of adventure. I enjoyed the fact that they were about Vikings and swords and ships and dragons. The characters are always really cool and I like the descriptions used for them.

The books prove that even if your small, bullied or really young you can always be a hero-no matter what! I like the way that Cressida Cowell uses a different font for Dragonese (dragon language), Hiccup (the main character) can also speak this language and there is a great, fun example of this in the back of the book. There is a hilarious conversation between Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. The characters all have really weird, imaginative names like Big Boobied Bertha or Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third. My two favourite names are Camicazi (Cam-ee-caz-ee) and Stoick the Vast, because they stand out and are very different to most of them.

I would recommend this book (and the others in the series) to ages 7-12yrs because I really love this book and any one could get pulled into from the ages recommended. There's something for everyone, humour, action, drama, romance (just a bit) and a few blood thirsty battles!
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well, well, well - this one's on fire, if you'll pardon the pun. I simply love the way Cressida Cowell writes, but she pulls a couple of blinders here.

- the stuff where Hiccup is in the tree and listens to the witch's tale is utterly spell-binding, and I keep rewinding those bits!

- also Hiccup's encounter with the heartbroken dragon, its a wonderful riff on his first S-G encounter in the first book.

Plus there's some pretty poignant stuff in here with Fishlegs, bless his boots. Much fun to be had by all the family. can't wait to get the next two!
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I absolutaly adore this book. It is so exciting! With every flick of the page I was hooked. I encorage you to read this book because it is so amazing. One minute Hiccup is going to plummit to the ground the next he is going to be eaten. I have bought the other few books aswell and I hope they are just as good as this one. I love ,this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Thankyou for this wonderful book. x
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I've now bought all the books in this series for my 11 year old brother in law who absolutely loves them. We've read some of them together at bedtimes and I cannot count how many times he has re-read them (he's only had them all for a few weeks!)

The stories are imaginative, the characters are interesting and funny, the illustrations are brilliant and it's something unlike anything else out there right now. I'd put these right up there with books from Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton.
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We've been fans of the Hiccup series from day one - we have all the books AND all the audiobooks too (the readings by David Tennant are superb).

This instalment doesn't disappoint - it has excitement, jokes, great dialogue. It also shows how the author is growing as a writer. Some of her descriptions in this books are beautifully poetic, and she deals with matters of tragedy and heartbreak in language that is accessible to young readers without ever dumbing down. Definitely the best in the series so far.
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hi readers - we (my eight and eleven year old sons) have a great Dad reading thing going on....I read these to them most nights. They love these books - real boys adventure books - good depth of English going on with good plots. Even better, the author introduces the characters (albeit a little lightly) in every book no matter where you join in the series. The writing is exciting and funny...I often end up laughing as I read.

recommended for reading to kids or letting them read them on their own.
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My son loves this, and reading over his shoulder I can see why: it's got the suspense and the humour of the earlier books in the series, and at the same time seems to be deepening a bit. We'll have to fill in the ones we've missed while waiting for the next book, I see.
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Part of the group of talking books I brought for my grandsons,apart from encouraging my grandson to go to bed on the understanding that he does,nt have to go to sleep but just lie there and listen,these books are now encouraging him to seek out similar stories in the school library to read.
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