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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (How to Train Your Dragon) Audio CD – Audiobook, 27 May 2014
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A delight for 8+ (The Times)
Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever (Financial Times)
Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity...Highly recommended (Birmingham Post)
Action and excitement aplenty (The Daily Telegraph)
The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic (telegraph.co.uk)
PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:
'Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.'
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)
... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. (The Financial Times)
[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)
'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' (Amanda Craig, Times)
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. (Independent on Sunday)
'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' (Daily Telegraph)
'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' (The Times)
'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' (Woman's Weekly)
Top stuff. (Daily Telegraph)
Especially good... raises the series to classic status. (Times)
Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** (Books For Keeps)
Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. (Daily Express)
A modern classic. Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity. Highly recommended. (Birmingham Post)
A delight for 8+. (The Times)
Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever. (Financial Times)
Action and excitement aplenty. (Daily Telegraph)
The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic. (Daily Telegraph (Peter Florence))
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vividly imagined alternative world. (Daily Telegraph)
Gloriously funny. (The Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I think it's been flagging a bit in the last couple of books, but this one - whilst not (in my view) reaching the inspired 5* lunacy of the first four and sixth books - picks up the pace a bit more and sets things up nicely for the next and final volume. Good to see Thuggory the Meathead again - I've always wondered why he didn't appear after book 1.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books are fabulous! Our 7-year old loves them and the storylines have really encouraged him to love reading. That alone is worth the money.Published 9 months ago by David Walsh
I could not put the book down. I cared about the characters and didn't like it when Hiccup's toe got digested by the monster.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really liked this book it was very exiting
Very well done it was show stopping
At the end great
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