How To Train Your Dragon Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class. (The Sunday Telegraph)
Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) (The Daily Telegraph)
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’s Children’s Books Editor)
Filled with thrilling adventure and action-packed heroes (Charlotte Tarling, Year 6 Country Child)
By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful (The Times)
Proper modern classics (Sunday Express)
A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure (Observer)
The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share (Dundee Courier)
Her genuinely fierce, intelligent and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero's mix of quick wit, courage and loyalty (Kirkus)
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling series that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.See all Product description
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How To Train Your Dragon
Readers will find delight, magic and adventure in this EPIC world of dragons and vikings. This original series that inspired the hit DreamWorks Animation films is made up of twelve hilarious adventures, featuring accidentally-heroic Hiccup and his tiny dragon Toothless. These books are fantastic for readers of all ability and interest range.
Discover the magic of Cressida Cowell...
The global bestselling series
Making their debut in 2003, Hiccup and Toothless have charmed children across the country. Twelve books and three major motion pictures later, the series has sold 8 million copies globally.
The wonder of words
Cressida Cowell weaves intricate plots, uses challenging vocabulary and makes up heaps of hysterical words to create stories beyond our wildest imaginations.
Incredible imaginative illustrations
Cressida's unique and quirky drawings help to bring the characters to life, and encourages even the most reluctant of readers to devour these books.
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1.having listened to the audio books on our journey from London to Scarborough - having finally arrived we did not get out of the car as we wanted to finish the story first (at this point my kids were 5 & 7 respectively).
2. Having lent a friend the audio CD he first did not return it for 6 months and then proceeded to buy the series
3. My son has now re-read the books twice
4. I have proceeded to use it in my scout (Beaver) sessions to read regularly to the kids - and a group of 24 children is QUITE and well behaved so they can listen to the story
5. Even without the kids my husband and I listen to the audio CDs on car journeys
I cannot praise these books highly enough - they make me feel a child again
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!
Either way, How To Train Your Dragon is a great short read, recommended for children and adults alike. The illustrations are great and one of my favourite elements of the book!
The story has got much bigger and more cosmic, and some of the efforts to re-incorporate all the plot-points of the earlier books as aspects of the new Titanic Struggle are inevitably a bit forced. And there seem to be even more species of dragons than there are beetles ... some of us are losing track. Still, this is a great page-turner. Hiccup prioritises finding his friend Fishlegs over seeking the Dragon's Jewel, and secretly infiltrates the Slavelands. There he finds his fellow Vikings searching for amber - and something more valuable still - on the endless red sands, where lurks a menace even scarier than the inrushing tide ... How will the story of Fishlegs's past impact on Hiccup's quest? Will the revolting Snotlout finally get his come-uppance? Will Hiccup manage to bring peace before Vikings and dragons wipe each other out, and will Toothless the dragon ever grow any less annoying? Find out some of the answers here.