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How to Be a Pirate: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking Hardcover – May 11, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st Us Edition edition (May 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316155985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316155984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6–The sequel to How to Train Your Dragon (Little, Brown, 2004) continues the adventures of the son of Stoick the Vast and future leader of the Hairy Hooligan Viking tribe. Although the skinny, freckled Hiccup has more brains than the rest of the Hairy Hooligans put together, he has a hard time garnering respect from anyone, least of all his arch-rival, Snotlout. It doesn't help that Hiccup's dragon, Toothless, is predisposed to hypochondria and cowardice. During a pirate-training session, them meet up with charming "Alvin the Poor-But-Honest-Farmer," who is keen to help them discover the legendary treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. After a series of hair-raising, humorous escapades on the high seas, a deadly island, and an undersea cavern, Hiccup learns some surprising things about his previously undervalued abilities. The usual motifs of deceptive appearances, last-minute escapes, and the merits of inner worth are addressed with humor that is accessible to both reluctant and avid readers. Cheeky drawings in the style of grade-school doodles add to the general appeal of the tale.–Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA
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About the Author

Cressida Cowell's first book about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was published by Little, Brown 5/04. She is also the author of several picture books, including: What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby?, Little Bo Peep's Library Book and Don't Do That, Kitty Killroy!

More About the Author

Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit. How to Train Your Dragon has reached over 100,000 sales and is now published in over 30 languages. A Dreamworks feature film is due to be released in 2010. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and two cats.

Customer Reviews

Great, engaging read for kids (and adults who like MG).
Katharine A. Owens
I was searching for books to read and I came across this series.
Cambria Layton
My Name is Jack and I'm 8 years old and I love to read.
Shelly Rae

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Rae on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My Name is Jack and I'm 8 years old and I love to read. I read this book in three days because I just couldn't stop reading. I loved it because it was funny, surprising, and one of the best books I've read. My favorite part was when the boat sinks and Hiccup ends up in an underwater cave and finds the treasure of Grimbeard the Gastly. It's all about Pirates, Vikings and Dragons which I love. Now I am gong to find the other books in the series too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bookwmn on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book and "How to Train Your Dragon" to my fifth grade class. When I finished they begged me to go on Amazon and look up the next book - which we discovered will be published in May. I ordered it right then and they have circled the anticipated delivery date. The characters are amusing, the writing is fresh, the vocabulary (especially the character's names) is right up an adolescent's alley - and they loved having a grown up having to pronounce names like Snotlout and Baggybum. Practically every one of the kids (average to above average readers) have read both of the books on their own, also.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i loved this book!! its another hicup story! folowing the story from How to train your dragon this fantasy about a boy and his dragon is one of the best!!!its a funny story and a adventure, if you like dragons and clumsy vikings trying to be pirates you'll love this story if i could give more stars i would!!! if you buy this book i hope you like it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought that How to Be a Pirate was altogether good. It is the second "memoir" of Hiccup Haddock III, a Viking hero and heir to the Hooligan Throne when he was a child. This book is the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, a book about Hiccup getting his dragon. In this book, Hiccup takes pirate classes. After the boat on which the children of the Hooligan Tribe were practicing sinks, Hiccup grabs on to his great-great grandfather's coffin. Then a Viking outcast named Alvin tells them of a great treasure. As Hiccup histerically bumbles his way through the adventure, he learns that things are not always as they seem. This funny book is for any age - 5 to 115! I highly recommend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Cressida Cowell does it again in this wonderful sequel of How to Train Your Dragon (which is also five stars). This is a fantastic book of a viking boy named Hiccup who is not exactly the best at swordfighting, dragon training, or being the king's heir. Unfortunitly, Snoutlout, the bully, is. When a strange Poor-but-honest-famrmer comes along and sends them all on a journey to an island where Skullions (the most dangerous and untrainable dragon ever) run wild, Hiccup must find the treasure before Snoutlout does, or he won't be the heir to the throne. This is a funny book, an enjoyable book, and a book about a boy who finds he is more than what he thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Now, I really know that pirates were a scurvy lot, not to be trusted. I really, really do know this. But something deep inside me has always wanted to sharpen my cutlass and hoist the Jolly Roger. A friend and I even co-wrote a story in which we were pirates, and the name of our ship was the PMS Hellborn Strumpet. (That has a ring to it, doesn't it?) Knowing all this, is it any wonder that when I first heard of Cressida Cowell's series of books about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, young Viking and Pirate-in-Training, I simply had to have one of the books to read right now? Of course not!

Hiccup is a bit on the small side and completely unmemorable. His small dragon, Toothless, is a cowardly hypochondriac. Together they attend the Pirate Training Program, learning about Spitting, Senseless Violence, Frightening Foreigners, Weaponry, Pointless Graffiti, and other important pirate tasks. Being the son of Stoick the Vast, Chief of the Hooligan tribe, great things are expected of Hiccup, but it looks as though Snotlout (Hiccup's arch enemy and the resident bully) has other intentions.

School is interrupted by Alvin the Poor-But-Honest-Farmer who claims to know where the fabulous treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly is located. Hiccup doesn't trust the handsome, smiling stranger, but of course he's outvoted and everyone boards a ship and starts counting their share of the treasure before it's found.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lessons about deceptive appearances and inner worth, for example, are given in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner that takes away any medicinal sting. The illustrations are a delight-- looking like the pencil sketches of a grade school boy, hunched over his paper with the tip of his tongue clenched between his teeth. The book can easily be a hit with both children and adults.

Will I be reading other books in this series? You bet! Dragons, Vikings, pirates, swordplay-- I wouldn't miss all this for the world!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
How To Train Your Dragon is a great book. It's humorous and there is adventure in this incredible book also. What I love about this book is that Hiccup, the Chief's son, changes from a coward to a hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on October 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Have read the whole series of Hiccup's books to our 3 boys: they LOVE them as a read aloud. The books are clever enough to have an adult laugh, and the kids just love the silliness of it.

This series is very sophisticated in the humor department, and is fun to read as an adult. Thank goodness it's not another boring bedtime book.

My family loved it, and couldn't wait for the next series. We loved the solid cover, and the look of the hand torn pages. Money well spent, after we read them to the kids, they then wanted to read them for themselves.
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