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How to Train Your Dragon Special Edition: With Brand New Short Stories! Paperback – 6 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Pap/Pstr S edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031640747X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316407472
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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We had pre-ordered this book and received it a few days ago. My son had very much been looking forward to it. He was, however, extremely disappointed to see that the so-called 'brand new short stories' were stories he already has. We were unable to detect any new stories in here. The book contains 'How to train your dragon', 'How to train your Viking' and 'The Day of the Dreader'. All previously published books. We have now requested a return. Such a shame that these fine children's books are being marketed like this, perhaps on the occasion of the new movie?
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My grandson loves these books and was delighted with this one. He read it quite quickly. A bit sad some were repeats of ones he had already
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This is a lovely looking book as are all the books in this series. The person it was bought for will be thrilled.
The packaging was as expected and it arrived within the time scale I was quoted.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91fc4888) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6a2120) out of 5 stars Great Book! But....... 17 May 2014
By yukifan01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to read, my sister and I enjoy it very much. But.... the description here on Amazon advertises a FULL SIZE poster. If you look at the front of the book it says "poster inside", nothing about it being full sized. In everyone's eyes, a full-sized poster are the big 2x3 foot posters you find in Walmart, not the little 8x10 inch (roughly) poster.

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.
HASH(0x9199d3a8) out of 5 stars How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell 4 Jun. 2016
By Stephanie Tiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third is a hero among vikings, but how does one become a hero? He wasn't always a hero. When Hiccup was a young boy, no one would have pointed him out as a potential hero. Being the son of the chief was hard enough, but Hiccup had it even worse. He wasn't muscular, popular, or mean, all traits valuable to a viking. But he was smart. Now he must capture a dragon or risk being exiled from the island of Berk. Can Hiccup survive the tests and become a full on member of the Hairy Hooligans.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91cf1548) out of 5 stars BUY IT!!! 12 July 2014
By alexis - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the How To Train Your Dragon series! Book is in great condition and cover art is beautiful! Story has extra chapters that add to the fun. Strongly recommend!!
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HASH(0x919f6090) out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Oct. 2014
By Joyce Janca Aji - Published on Amazon.com
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Good way to get your child to start reading the longer books in the series.
HASH(0x91fc4c0c) out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with this book but it's definitely not for ... 7 Jan. 2015
By Rhonda Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing wrong with this book but it's definitely not for 4 year old children. This is for much older kids that really intend to live in Dragon world. I mean REALLY live in it :o)
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