- 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: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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 * 'Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal Cowells anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.' * The Herald * Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. * Independent on Sunday * 'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' * Amanda Craig, 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 * ... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. * The Financial 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 * 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 * Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing * 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 * '... 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 * 'another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.' * Writeaway.org * '... full of charm ... imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.' * Waterstones Books Quarterly * 'packed with hilariously named characters and mythical monsters that will grab any young boy's attention.' * Books for Keeps * A hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes * The Times * 'genius' * The Times * Inspired * The Times * A funny and outrageous story that will appeal to even the most reluctant reader * Family Interest *
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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I only wish I could put it on my Paperwhite like I can the other 10. (I was able to read it on my Android tablet.)
For some reason this volume alone is restricted to the Kindle Fire devices. CS cited 'publisher restrictions' when I asked why, but that makes absolutely zero sense to me. They were more than happy to refund my money, which was very nice of them, but that obviously doesn't correct the problem of not being able to have the whole series on my Kindle.
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.
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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