The list author says: "This list contains books which appeal to both fluent and reluctant readers, boys (and girls too) who like humor, science, and adventure, and are tired of classroom morality tales."
"This collection includes the first 3 books of this wonderful series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Speak Dragonese, and How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse. This tribe of belching Vikings, dragon pets, and a misfit boy named Hiccup will charm your child. (How to be a Pirate is not included in this compilation.)"
"Bk 1 - begins the adventures of Hiccup, the son of the chief of a fictitious troop of Vikings from the Isle of Berk, his pet dragon Toothless, and his loyal friend Fishlegs. The series appeals to reluctant readers with varied fonts and intermittent illustrations, an invented dragon language, and a reluctant hero who doesn't have traditional Viking skills but always saves the day."
"Bk 3 - In this book Hiccup and his friends experience a culture clash when they are kidnapped by a Roman legion and brought back to a Roman outpost. Can a bunch of kid Vikings outwit the Roman Empire?"
"Book 6 - As stated on Wikipedia: "This book is different from its predecessors, it contains an open-up map of the Barbaric Archipelago, a Dragonese Dictionary in the back, Dragon Profiles and 'Conversations with Toothless' This story is about a burglary competition between the Bog-Burglars and the Hairy Hooligans.""
"Bk 7 - (Published in 10/08, this appears to be Book 7, but the numbering is unclear.) Hiccup has three months, five days and six hours to discover America, get back to Berk, save his father, battle Polarserpents, AND win the annual Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race."
"Tintin books are a great introduction to reading for boys who like graphic novels. The vocabulary is sophisticated, as are the concepts introduced, but the pictures and humor are easy fun. In my opinion, the "moon" books are the most fun, but we enjoy them all."
"Great first chapter book from the 1940's, which appeals to younger children ages 8-9 as well as older children who need to de-stress and bond with invented animals. Elmer travels to a foreign land to save a blue-striped dragon. A truly soothing and imaginative bedtime read. (2 sequels.)"
"This book, written by an alternative educator from England in response to the suggestions of his students, is unusual, outlandish, humorous, suspenseful, and will knock your child's socks off. Buy it, or download it for free at the tripod thelastmanalive site."