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'genius' The Times 'packed with hilariously named characters and mythical monsters that will grab any young boy's attention.' Books for Keeps '... full of charm ... imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.' Waterstones Books Quarterly 'another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.' Writeaway.org '... inspired series ... its enchantment lies primarily in the comical, affectionate and often irritable relationship between Hiccup (the only nerd in the violent Viking Hooligan tribe) and his runty little dragon Toothless.' Amanda Craig, The Times PRAISE FOR HICCUP: '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.' Amanda Craig, The Times 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 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. 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 '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 'Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal Cowells anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.' The Herald '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

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. She lives in Hammersmith, London with her husband, three children and a hamster, Mini.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340950358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340950357
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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My 11 year old son has read the whole series and loves them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Natalia on June 30, 2010
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My son and I keep reading about Hiccup's adventures since the first book was out. We enjoyed them all. Funny language, wonderful illustrations, light humour. I recommended them to other parents, who complained about reluctant readers. My son enjoys reading all kind of books, but he always asks for something with real humour "for dessert". Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JenGB39 on July 28, 2010
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I have five children, the oldest two being 11 and 9 year old boys that LOVE to read. This series is a big hit with both of them and I will be saving them for their younger brothers to read when they are old enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Folkerts on September 14, 2009
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This is idea for 8-12 year old boys, with that crazy quirky sense of humor they are known for. :) My 9-year-old has read every book in the series at least 3 times, and can't wait for more! (My ONLY complaint is that the newer ones are available to the U.S. market in paperback only--we'd have preferred hardbacks.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aquophis on January 16, 2012
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Even though this is a children's series with a childish plot, don't be put off. It's written through the lens of an adult. I'm a 17-year old boy, and I'm absolutely hooked on these stories. They're very cleverly written, with intricately woven plots, vivid descriptions and dry, unique humor. Even though they describe rather unpleasant things and the characters are often put in perilous situations, no blood is actually spilled on-screen, and the series manages to retain a level of innocence that makes them suitable for the young at heart.

This was one of the more epic installments to the franchise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Gardiner VINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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This latest work from Cressida Cowell breathes some new life into the series. I'm always pleased to see Camicazi back in the book, and love the opening device of an endurance swimming race. I'm a big fan of this series, and the idea of sending them across the Atlantic is a fun one. Your elementary school age children will love this book and the entire series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ax20 on April 10, 2011
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I haven't read a book in this series in a while (I was waiting for the book to come out in paperback, but finally I got impatient), but unlike some other series that end up a little disappointing after some time away, this book is as strong as any in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

It follows the same formula as all the other books--Hiccup and his comrades fall in on some life-threatening bad luck against one of their many archenemies and he must not only help them escape but also return to Burke to save his father in time. What I like about this book in particular is it broadens the world we have already come to know. We meet the Wanderers (specifically, American Natives) who have been captured as slaves, giving larger life to the size of the world we've gotten to know. We learn that there is a place where the Vikings sacrifice people to the Sky Dragons.

The book remains just as clever and funny as always. I am continuously impressed by the continued funniness of the series (Norbert the Nutjob wants to found Nutjobland for example) while also keeping to the heart. I like that Hiccup has really embraced his fate as the future leader but that he intends to change things when he does. Toothless had a rather small part in this book as compared to others (though he was still essential to helping them escape) and that was perhaps the only thing I might have liked changed. It might soon be time for Hiccup to have a love interest (maybe Camicazi, maybe someone else). Not something deep and intense, just a tiny crush or something. I can only imagine how funny Hiccup would mess things up trying to impress her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The_Tortie on January 5, 2011
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I've read all seven of the "Hiccup" books to my six-year-old son, and we both love them, but this story was just magical. The prescience of Old Wrinkly, the bravery and brilliance of Hiccup, the loyalty of the Northern Wanderers, the unlikely triumphant return of Fish Legs, the cheeky humor of Grimbeard, and the lesson of overcoming old quarrels and prejudices to find a better way to live make this a fantastic yarn with a positive message. My son and I finished the book tonight, and we both shed happy tears at the ending. While I was reading the Epilogue, my son reached over and started trying to turn the pages and asked "How many more pages?" When I showed him that the book would end in two more pages, he said, "We HAVE to get the next book right away!" Unfortunately, How to Break a Dragon's Heart (Hiccup) seems to be available only from third-party sellers. I've ordered it, but we are still waiting for it to arrive.

I agree with other reviewers that some of the descriptors and name-calling in this series set less-than-ideal examples, but they do provide a valuable opportunity to discuss proper and improper things to say to and about other people. I especially like the opportunity this book and "How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse" present to learn about the real Vikings and their sea voyages. While we were between HTTYD books, I read Leif the Lucky to my son. It has been a great way to sneak in some history lessons by tying them to something he's already interested in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
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This is another delightful addition to one of the more fun kid series out there. With her charming, story book-esque style and biting madcap humor Cressida Cowell brings to life a fictional Viking world where swimming contests last for months and America is still up for discovery grabs!

An annual "friendly" swimming competition turns ugly when the children are kidnapped and dragged across the "Great Western Ocean" to help in discovering the new world. Along the way they encounter slaves, machines warding against sea monsters, and the wildest of inventing barbarians one could ever hope to read about. Despite the obvious insanity of the story line Cowell weaves a tight plot and has the age-appropriate sense of humor to pull it all off on in a narrative that just screams to be read aloud.

This is perfect for younger readers comfortable in their chapter books and seeking some true entertainment and creativity, yet any one of any age still possessing that kid-at-heart quality will get a kick out of this and appreciate the snappy writing and subtle heart.
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