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Toothless is a "Daydream" and, like all the other dragons, about the size of a household pet.They are not ridden upon and can talk in a language that Hiccup (and therefore the reader) can understand.
However, this does not detract from this being an excellent story. Just if you are getting it as a gift for a fan of the films and TV series they may be disappointed. I explained it away to my children (5&7) as coming before the films when Toothless was younger, smaller and before he'd grown into Night Fury.
They were quite happy with this and very drawn into the story which was original and moves very quickly from one peril to another so children and parents alike won't get bored.
This is the second book of the magical series of How to Train your Dragon. The plot features a boy called Hiccup who is learning to be a pirate with his dragon toothless until one day they arrive at the Isle of Scauldrons. An adventure is about to begin; meeting terrible dragons, making new friendships and battling the treacherous villain Alvin.
I think this is one of the best books I have ever read! It’s creative, it’s funny and it’s hugely entertaining. My favourite scene is when Alvin the Treacherous gets swallowed up by the Monstrous Strangulator because it’s very dramatic and I like the mystery that Alvin the Treacherous may come back again. I think the following quote from this scene illustrates the humour in How to be a Pirate:
It’s tentacles gripped strongly and escape became impossible. ‘More food?’ it mused to itself. ‘Not food!’ Hiccup shouted out. ‘I’m poisonous. Very, very poisonous!’. ‘Poissonousssss?’ hissed the creature. ‘it ssspeaksss and iss poissonusss, is it? I’m poissonouss. Ssssee?’ and it waved the deadly plunger on its tail in front of Hiccup.
(Cowell, 2004 , p.201)
Who should read this book
Anyone who likes humour, fantasy or adventure will love this book and will get stuck reading the whole series just like I did!
Rose (age 9)
if you need a laugh for whatever reason lol, i can almost guarantee if you were a bit down in the dumps before listening you definitely wont be after believe me, and if you dont find this hilariously funny, then your chuckle muscles and sense of humour are not what they were lol
this gets ten out of ten, and Thanks David Tennant And Cressida cowell , you are both the tonic i needed ,
id recommend this to any and all, whether you need a laugh and entertaining , this is a real TONIC
regards Julie Ann
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