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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034099908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340999080
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps (Books For Keeps)

It's a wonderfully vibrant story, illustrated with the author's hilarious drawings, and told with a delightfully gobby sense of humour (Books Quarterly (Waterstones))

Cowell is a new star in children's fiction (The Times)

Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike (With Kids)

Very funny indeed (Maidenhead Advertiser)

Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing (Junior Education)

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)

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

A wonderful adventure (The School Librarian)

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)

[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)

... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. (The Financial Times)

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

An excellent sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, this highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike aged 8-12. (Publishing News)

Full of madcap action, to-the-death battles and hysterical Viking tomfoolery

extraordinary, funny and cool (Tom Dillon, Mill Lane Primary School)

good holiday reading for any young adventurer (Reading evening post)

As the tension mounts, an hilarious and warming story emerges. It cries to be read aloud. (The School Librarian)

A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with . . . riotous illustrations, lists and maps. (Books For Keeps)

'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing' (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)

Book Description

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

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Format: Audio Cassette
We discovered Cressida Cowell's Viking series by chance, and I have been recommending them to fellow parents ever since. My 10 year old son, a known reluctant reader, has been hooked by all three books (he devoured How to Speak Dragonese in short measure), and the newly acquired CD of 'How to be a pirate' has been on continuous loop since we got it. Its appeal is in its humour which is perfect for the 8-10 year old boy - the examples of Dragonese from this book has us all in fits of giggles however often we hear it. And David Tennant is brilliant. He captures all the characters very well and reads it with such enthusiasm that you can't help but be swept up in it. His interpretation of Toothless is just terrific.
We await the next book in the series with undisguised impatience!
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Audio CD
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK READ BY DAVID TENNANT.

This is the forth audio book in the 'How to Train Your Dragon' series read by David Tennant that I have had the pleasure of listening to.

This installment is, in my opinion, the best yet.

How to be a Pirate is brilliantly read by David Tennant.
If you imagine how good he could be and multiply it by a factor of 5 you would still be selling him short.
He is superb.

I listen to a lot of audio books and Tennant is right up there in his reading with Tony Robinson's reading of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and with Stephen Fry's reading of J K Rowling's Harry Potter series of books. Brilliance.

I kid you not.

True, Tennant does have a lot to go on.
Cresssida Cresswell's books are wonderfuland fabulously funny children's tales but in Tennant's capable voice he ratchets their brilliance to a whole new level.

His vocal characteristics are brilliant.
The pace is ideal and as the books are so funny and well written with a cracking story the action and enjoyment fairly canters along.

Think of a Noggin the Nog crossed with Harry Potter and a smidgeon of Spike Milligan and you have the idea of just how good an author Cresswell is.

I don't need to give you the plot others will do so in reviews of the book because I am reviewing the audio version.

If you have kids that are reluctant readers play them this on a car journey and I guarantee you three things will happen.

One you will seek out the rest in the fabulous series.

Two Your kids will pick up and read the books wanting to get more.
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Three You too will, like me, become a fan.

And I really envy you discovering this fantastic audio series for yourselves.
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