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Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Bk. 6 (Hiccup) Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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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I ordered this book for my son. He has read all the books in this series (this is #5 or #6) and I can't express in words how much he LOVES the whole series. He is a reluctant reader, but zips through these books in less than a week! This book is a bit longer than the preious books, so it took him a bit longer to read. I asked him if this title was better or worse than the other books. He said it was just as good as all the previous books. I love the series because it is about a little viking boy, Hiccup, who doesn't fit into the viking mold. He is the son of the tribe's chief, and thus the heir, but instead of being big, strong, and mean, he is small, smart, skinny, and a "book-worm." He is also a bit of a dragon-whisperer. He uses his brains and ingenuity to solve problems and outwit enemies. We know that he grows up to be a great leader of his tribe, because these books are written as translations of his memoirs that recently washed up on the beach! If your child loves fantasy, then I recommend these books.
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My daughter and I are reading through all the How to train your dragon books. It is a great set for kids in elementary. we started reading these when she was 7. I assigned her about 15 pages a day to read. We are slowly making our way to the last book.
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I'm a 3rd grade boy and I LOVE the How to Train Your Dragon books! These series of books are the best series ever!
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Another hilarious book for boys from Cressida Cowell. My grandsons love them and I love to be around when they are reading and laughing out loud. My oldest grandson likes to read passages to anyone who will listen, but he has trouble because he is laughing too hard to speak. We donated a set of the first five books to his middle school and the librarian can't keep them on the shelf. She especially likes to recommend them to "reluctant readers".
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I have read my son this series ever since he saw the movie. The books aren't what the movie was, so there was a bit of confusion on my sons part. But we kept reading them, and soon, found that we loved this series and feel that the movie fell short. (Sorry Disney)
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Hiccup is turning 12, and when you only have a birthday every four years, you really want to make your day special. But, it seems as if all of the fates have conspired against him: all he wanted was a quiet day- perhaps to read or write a bit, and to not have to participate in Viking training.

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.
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I am continually impressed by the How to Train Your Dragon series, in large part because Cowell manages to weave in an amusing, fun tone that I have never been able to master in my own writing. She's just clever without trying too hard.

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.
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