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How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III)) Paperback – February 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: How to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316085298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316085298
  • ASIN: 0316085294
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–The misfit hero of How to Be a Pirate (Little, Brown, 2005) returns in another Viking tall tale. Chief's son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon, Toothless, get separated from their class during Boarding-An-Enemy-Ship practice. The peaceful fishing boat they are supposed to attack turns out to be a prowling Roman galley, crewed by some of the Empire's least-distinguished legions. The invaders are plotting to provoke war among the Viking factions by kidnapping the heirs of Hiccup's own Happy Hooligans and the Amazonian Bog-Burglar tribe. Then, while the locals are occupied, the Romans plan to make off with the entire dragon population of the islands. With the help of Bog-Burglar girl warrior Camicazi and the bumblebee-sized dragon Ziggerastica, the boys must find a way to counter the treacherous plan before they all end up facing combat to the death in the local arena. There is a lot of raucous humor and mock-heroic dialogue; ridiculous names add to the fun. The theme of brains over brawn is well defined. Warriors, Roman and Viking alike, are loud-mouthed, bullying braggarts, easy targets for clever, scrawny Hiccup. The sketchy, childlike black-and-white cartoon drawings are amusing but occasionally indistinct. Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio books (Viking), for slightly younger readers, have a sharper, more literate sense of twisted history, but the broad humor of Hiccup's misadventures will appeal to reluctant readers.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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'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 children's editor 'Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing' Amanda Craig, The Times 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 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 ... 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 Cowell brings Hiccup to life in this silly and delightful little novel. St Paul Pioneer Press Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. Independent on Sunday 'hilarious' www.writeaway.org 'funny and well writen' Cheri Lloyd 'another fiendishly funny catalogue of disaster' Pet O'Connell We've loved Hiccup's dragon training adventures from the start. (tBk's Top 40 Children's Books) tBk Magazine It's the best book ever! They keep getting better and better. The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

I highly recommend these books for boys.
happy reader
My 9 year old daughter is reading the whole series and is on this book at the moment.
Tonya M. Morgan
The accent adds powerfully to the feel of the story, very Viking sounding.
R. Day

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I liked How to Speak Dragonese for several reasons. It had lots of humor, with that little side of fantasy(both my favorite genres!)I didn't really dislike anything in this book, it was SO GOOD! I think this because whenever there was a "The End," or "And they lived happily ever after," another challenge popped up for the main characters within the next few pages. This creates lots of suspense!

The setting in this book is in the past. They travel by non-motor boat and balloon, not by cars, planes, and steam boats. Once you start reading this, though, you can easily tell that it takes place in the past. It takes mostly takes place in the Barbaric Archipelago, but it also takes place a little in the Sea like a Woden's Bathtub, and the Isle of Berk.

Here's the basic outline of the plot: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third has his dragon, Toothless, stolen by the Roman Empire! He tries to send a search party for Toothless, but before he can, the Romans take him and Fishlegs(Hiccup's best friend)to the Roman Empire,too! They both have to get out of the Empire without getting eaten by dragons!

The main characters in thsi book are:

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third: Hiccup never wants to give up; he is always trying his best in life. He is also somewhat funny.

Fishlegs: Fishlegs is Hiccup's best friend, but he is VERY clumsy, not very good at things, allergic to practically anything, and very scared.

Camicazi: Camicazi thinks she is always better then boys(she is a Bog Buglar, and all Bog Burglars are girls,) an aggressive sword fighter, nad sometimes odd.

Toothless the Dragon: Toothless is a VERY funny and unique dragon. this is becaouse he is so samll, and he has no fangs(that is why he is called Toothless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's loyal dragon Toothless has been captured, and it's up to Hiccup to prove himself a true Viking hero and rescue him. Both newcomers and prior fans of Hiccup will find this latest saga, 'translated from the Old Norse', to be a delightful and fun adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's always hard to find a book that will keep my 8yrs interested. But from the first chapter to the last he enjoyed the story. The characters and their antics he said where great. He asked me to order the other books in the group even before he finished this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Christiansen on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS:

This book takes place in the time when the Romans had conquered most of the world, Vikings sailed the sea, and dragons filled the skies. In other words, the book takes place in the fictional past. I estimate that the year was in between the 700's and 1000's.

This is the 3rd book in the series. The setting is in two main places. One place is an isle named Berk. This is where Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III lives. The other place is Fort Sinister which is on another isle northwest of the Roman Empire. Hiccup and his dragon get stuck here later in the story.

The main character of the story is Hiccup. Hiccup is supposed to be the next Chief of the Hooligan tribe. Unfortunately, Hiccup has no Viking let alone Chief materiel. He has bad grades in Burping, Frightening Foreigners, Ruderey, Hammer throwing, Ship building, Boarding an enemy ship, and Basheyball. Thankfully, he has a good grade in Sword fighting.

Hiccup's dragon's name is Toothless. Toothless is small, maybe the height of a No 2. pencil. Despite his name, Toothless has one small tooth. Although he usually bites with his gums. Toothless, and all other dragons, speaks a language called Dragonese. Toothless' species of dragon is either Common, Garden or Basic Brown.

There are many conflicts in this story, but the main one is that Hiccup, Toothless, Fishlegs( Hiccup's best friend) and Camicazi ( the heir to the Bog-burglar tribe) were all kidnapped and taken to Fort Sinister.

First, Toothless ended up on Fort Sinister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Durrill on January 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
We discovered this series after my seven year old daughter developed a "crush" on the movie; it's been a good lesson in the (sometimes) pleasurable difference between the book and the movie by the same title. It's cheerfully vulgar, but nothing too offensive, mainly small-child potty humor-type situations that are familiar to anybody with a contrary pet and/or a small child. In other words, if somebody's not been bit on the behind, shot in the behind, or at least finds a nasty little "gift" in their helmet, you just haven't been paying attention. Enough adult subtlety/sarcastic humor to keep the adult reading it from dropping over into a sugar coma and enough fun and easily accessible humor to keep the child listening to it being read from getting bored. Definitely a read-aloud book complete with different "voices" for the characters, particularly Toothless as he whines and grumbles his way through each story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2008
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Another great book for kids who don't like to read. I didn't think my son would like this and it turns out he loved it.
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