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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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This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps Books For Keeps It's a wonderfully vibrant story, illustrated with the author's hilarious drawings, and told with a delightfully gobby sense of humour Books Quarterly (Waterstones) Cowell is a new star in children's fiction The Times Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike With Kids Very funny indeed Maidenhead Advertiser 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 Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing Junior Education A wonderful adventure The School Librarian 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 [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 Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. Independent on Sunday An excellent sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, this highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike aged 8-12. Publishing News Full of madcap action, to-the-death battles and hysterical Viking tomfoolery Cowell is a new star in children's fiction The Times extraordinary, funny and cool Tom Dillon, Mill Lane Primary School good holiday reading for any young adventurer Reading evening post As the tension mounts, an hilarious and warming story emerges. It cries to be read aloud. The School Librarian A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with ... riotous illustrations, lists and maps. Books For Keeps 'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing' The Times '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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: How to Train Your Dragon (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316085281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316085281
  • ASIN: 0316085286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading "How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell" I went on a search for other books by this author. I stumbled upon "How to be a pirate", second in the series. It has as much humor as the first book, that means a lot! All the original characters are in the book, including a few new people and dragons. I reccommend this book to all people. If you haven't read the first book in the series "How to train your dragon" then you should read that first. There are also pictures through-out the book. Soem are humerous, some make the writing more imaginable. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
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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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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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The "How to Train Your Dragon" books are sublime silliness. After my grandson saw the "How to Train Your Dragon" movie I purchased the book for him and now he is into the second book of the series. He is 6 going on 7 and the fun of these books encourages his listening to stories but also his budding reading skills. Even though, as an Eng Lit major, I can't vouch for their classic worth, they are great fun and wonderful for a young reader's introduction to reading chapter books.
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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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I hate to admit it, but I wasn't very good about reading to my son until we found this series. Every chapter is a cliff hanger and we are eager to get started the next evening. If my husband reads to him, I'll read it myself so I don't miss a chapter. The stories are funny and smart without being full of potty humor. It's nice to read about a decent normal kid who thinks his way out of his problems even if he doesn't get credit for it. Goodbye Captain Underpants!
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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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