- Series: Hiccup (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; First Printing edition (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034095034X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340950340
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,798,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Bk. 6 (Hiccup) Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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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 Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. -- Independent on Sunday
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.
Top Customer Reviews
But, this is a story about the Hairy Hooligans and Hiccup’s struggle as he tries to meet the expectations of his father and the tribe, all while trying to hold onto his own way of doing things – even when they are contrary to the nature of a Viking, at least in the Haddock family.
Shorter and less adventure / catastrophe based than the earlier books in this series, Cowell delivers a story that is so very telling of Hiccup’s personality, and gives us a little lesson about books, reading and the curious insight into the Hairy Scary Librarian’s covetous hoarding of books – even when the only ‘real’ book Hiccup has seen has only a few words, and the second edition only adds one more.
See, Toothless ate the one book that was on the island – and Hiccup knew that his father would be outraged to find it missing. Along comes Camicazi and her suggestion that she, Hiccup and Fishlegs burgle the Meathead Public Library to get another copy. Of course, Camicazi and her gung-ho bravado and derring do have Hiccup thinking that the idea is a good one – despite driller dragons, Meathead warriors and the formidable librarian.
David Tennant again is the narrator for this series, and I can’t help but look at each installment with a bit of glee, knowing that his talent for voice, accent and timing will perfectly suit the story and bring all of the characters to life. While the story is written with children in mind, there are lessons and humor that will appeal to adults.Read more ›
In this adventure of Hiccup's (not sure why the format of the title changed but this is the only one that doesn't begin with "how to...") it is Hiccup's birthday but nothing goes the way he wants it to. All he wants is a quiet day, but things quickly devolve as the Hooligans compete with the Bog Burglars to prove who is the better thief. True to their name, the Bog Burglars seem to be winning this one when Hiccup's dad challenges Big Boobied Bertha to a winner takes all competition. The result: Hiccup must sneak into the not-at-all Public Library to steal a copy of How to Train Your Dragon because Toothless destroyed the copy that the Hooligans had.
We get another adventure with Camicazi, the pint-sized Bog Burglar who Hiccup befriended earlier in the series, and Fishlegs (his less able comrade) as well as new dragons, new villains, and new tribes. Although the characters aren't the most well-developed (only Hiccup has real motivations, fears, and weaknesses that he actually works on), there are other things to hold onto. The world itself is much more fleshed out than the people though can't help but wonder why everyone things Hiccup is so incompetent after all that he has managed so far.
Perhaps the best part of this particular book in the series is what we learn about Hiccup's ancestors. Maybe Hiccup isn't as unusual and out of place as he first appears.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film and the books have led to my nephew's ever growing love of dragons 😀Published 25 days ago by Juliana L. S. Lee
Great kids book. Semi easy to read but very eventful. Came very quickly.Published 5 months ago by normagi
Bought the whole series for my son and the books are fun to readPublished 6 months ago by Father of 4
This is a very good book. Any How To Train Your Dragon fan would love itPublished 13 months ago by Jacinda Rilla Wright