How to Train Your Dragon Special Edition: With Brand New Short Stories! Paperback – 6 May 2014
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About the Author
Cressida Cowell lives in London with her husband, Simon; children Maisie, Clementine, and Alexander; and two cats, Lily and Baloo. In addition to translating Hiccup's memoirs, she has written and illustrated picture books including "How to be a Viking," "Little Bo Peep's Library Book," and "That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown." Her website is www.cressidacowell.co.uk.
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I did not buy it on amazon so i am rating it as the book sold itself on the shelf. I saw the "poster inside" ad on the front, saw the poster and dismissed it because I was not buying it for the poster. I was buying it because I have yet to buy the books and this included two new ones that are not in a book by themselves yet.
I am a major fan of the Dreamworks Animation version of How to Train Your Dragon. When I got my copy of the book, I could hardly contain my excitement. Of course, I had to wait to read it because I already had books on my stack that I had agree to read as soon as possible.
So, of course, you can imagine my surprise when the book, the one that inspired the movie, was nothing at all like the movie. In fact, the only thing that they seemed to have in common with each other was the names of the characters.
That said, this book wasn't too bad. Due to the fact that these are two completely different stories, I was, eventually, able to separate the story I was reading from the movie that I love. (Though the differences between the Toothless from the movie and the one from the book made it exceptionally hard.)
I was highly disappointed that this was not the story that I thought it was, but when I managed to get over that, I found the book to be pretty interesting.
The writing is simple, like you would expect for a book targeting young teenagers and pre-teens. The story line isn't all that exciting but does have a deal of childish humor.
The characters are hard to connect to, at least for me, a younger reader may have more luck. They also appear over exaggerated, thought that can be a good thing for a middle grade book, and in this case I am inclined to believe that it is. That said, they do face issues and conflict that young teens face in real life, and they go about dealing with it in the way that most parents would encourage. Especially that of acceptance.
In the end, though I wouldn't classify this book as great, it was an interesting read. I would not recommend it to die hard fans of the Dreamworks movie How to Train Your Dragon, but I would say it is a very good book for most young teens.
I bought my copy of this book form bookoutlet.com
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