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How to Train Your Dragon Library Binding – 1 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 214 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606146490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606146494
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Hilarious (guardian.co.uk)

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)

One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time (The Independent)

I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly (Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday)

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

This light-hearted, well-illustrated mock saga would appeal to girls and boys. My Dad liked it too. More please. (Geoffrey Truscott, aged 11 The Glasgow Herald)

What we have here is Harry Potter meets Blackadder. The result is a story that anyone with a tolerance of snot and gore would find richly entertaining (The Glasgow Herald)

Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories (Books Quarterly (Waterstones))

This book will definitely make you laugh out loud (Torquay Herald Express)

Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world (The Daily Telegraph)

Top stuff (The Daily Telegraph)

Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader (The Spectator)

Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves (The Times)

Wise, colourful and funny (Dorset Echo)

Cowell is a master of storytelling...On a profound level, this series celebrates divergence and being true to oneself, teaching children that they don't have to be carbon copies of their parents (Hay Festival of the Arts)

Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit (The Independent)

Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too. (Time Out)

Has a good story to it (Jamie, aged 9 Daily Record)

I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly - in fact, for my money, she's the NEXT BIG THING in children's literature... Read with gigantic gusto by David Tennant, and featuring some shatteringly good sound-effects, this kept us all laughing on the edge of our seats for 3 ½ hours. (Independent on Sunday)

Full of bright wit and brutal honesty, this is a brilliant book that launched a huge series ... This is a fantastic adventure that explores failure as well as success and weighs the cost of being different against the price of fitting in with sneaky maturity and shining humour (The List)

... one of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time ... David Tennant reads with outstanding gusto, giving full and varied wellie to the story's rich assortment of Viking and dragon characters. (The Independent)

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 super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish. (Armadillo, Spring 2003)

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

[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)

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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story of Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III's rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in Hiccup's own words by David Tennant, reading Cressida Cowell's marvellous translation from the Old Norse! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a great kids book, I picked it up after loving the film so much.
I enjoyed the drawings and little explanations in between pages too.
A great book to read if you're a fan of the films or an 8 year old obsessed with dragons!
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Fab, funny, perfect book to grab a reticent reader's attention! And the illustrations are great!
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In very good condition. Arrived very quickly. Grandson was thrilled.
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Really good audio book expertly narrated by David Tennant
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Good book really exciting as dragons are really exciting and Hopeless,the main character, is really hopeless until this all changes. recommended for younger readers (5-8)
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Excellent condition
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The book is intended for children
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Really good book! I liked the tactic of getting the dragon to sneeze. Toothless is quite stubborn at times. Awesome? Yes!
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