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How to Steal a Dragon's Swordbook 9 (How to Train Your Dragon) Paperback – October 6, 2011
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Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. * Daily Express * Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** * Books For Keeps * Especially good... raises the series to classic status. * Times * Top stuff. * Daily Telegraph * 'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' * Woman's Weekly * 'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' * The Times * 'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' * Daily Telegraph * 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 * 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 * PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:'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 * This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike * Publishing News * This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike * Publishing News * Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages * Writing Magazine * Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages * Writing Magazine * The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit * Read It * The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit * Read It * Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status * The Times * Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status * The Times * Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant * The Sunday Times * Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant * The Sunday Times * A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her * Books for Keeps * A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her * Books for Keeps * Top stuff * The Daily Telegraph * Top stuff * The Daily Telegraph * Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated * Daily Express * Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated * Daily Express * The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times * The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times *
About the Author
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 7 million books worldwide in 37 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, Wizards of Once, publishes in September 2017. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize and 'Philosophy Now' magazine's 2015 'Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity'. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.
Top customer reviews
As it is, "How to Steal a Dragon's Sword" will not stand on its own very well at all. But if you have read the rest of the series, this is definitely one to be appreciated. Not only does it continue the aforementioned plot of the last few books, it manages to pull the entire series together in a brilliant move that leaves me aching for the next book, whenever that gets around to being written.
What begins as the annual New Year's Festival becomes much more chaotic when it is revealed that a new King must be chosen. Not only that, but a few rampant dragons are making things increasingly more difficult. The true King will be revealed by the presence of 10 specific items (many from earlier books) and our young heroes set out on a quest to make sure the new King is the right person.
This book may be the gem of the series. I don't know if it was the fact everything finally came together, or if Cressida Cowell has perfected her stride, or if this is just for whatever reason a darn good book. Everything enjoyable about the series is here: the madcap humor, the lovable and familiar characters, Cowell's nonchalant way of breaking the fourth wall, the riotous adventure, tender emotion, everything that probably has struck fans' fancies.
Yet there just seemed to be a little something extra: this book packs a punch that had me reading this in two sittings (the break not due to my own will, mind you. Information is revealed, the action is supercharged, one scene actually had me crying while another had me wanting to stab a few characters, and I think there was even a quiet attempt to link this series to possibly a subtle alternate universe of the loosely-based movie version of How to Train Your Dragon, which I found interesting but surprisingly fitting.
The tragedy and/or good news is that this is not the last book, but one that leaves us with one hell of a cliffie.
I highly recommend this. It's a near-perfect blend of humor, heart, terror, and adventure, and I think all fans heretofore will be beyond pleased.
This is verbatim from my eight-year-old son. 'It's a very, very good book, but it can be scary at times, and if you don't really handle it right, it might not come out the way you want. You might be surprised for what you get. It's very pressure taking.'
Overall, it's a fantastic book, and a really great addition to the series. It sets us up for the finale, which (I assume) will be coming out late next year. I have no idea how we will manage to wait that long! But I would strongly recommend reading the other books in the series before buying this one.
It was awesome. People who like dragons, but not in the dragon-slaying kind of way, will like this book. The dragons are awesome because they eat fish and winkles, not humans. But the end of this book (spoiler: _____ becomes the chief and ____ is almost sold into slavery) it was strange. I'm so excited about the 10th book, because in the chapter at the end of this book is really exciting and there is a new dragon character in it. I'm going to read it before my brother does, whether he likes it or not.
From my 10-year old son, in his words:
I read the whole series in about a week, it was so good. There are pictures so you don't have to visualize it if you don't want to. The pictures help, but even without them this book would be easy to read. If you like Vikings and you like dragons, it's the perfect book for you. It's really fun and cool. The Vikings are all louts, crazy and don't have good sense, except for Hiccup. My brother and I are going to fight over book 10 when it arrives this week!
As a parent:
This series by Cressida Cowell has captivated our kids' imaginations. We started the series with Books 1-3, and our then 7-year old devoured them. The books were considered such a treat that we ordered a new one as a reward for great behavior - our youngest preferred it to going out for ice cream of to the movies! Now that both boys are into the series, we've had great discussions about film adaptations of books: how an authors' work is sometimes changed when books are made into movies (note: this feels only loosely connected to the film!). It's also provided multiple chances to discuss culture and history (we now have a book of Norse myth and one about Vikings), and to bring it to life with color and humor. I can't really say that book 9 is any better than the others, but it does advance the series and keep kids firmly engaged in the story and characters. As the chief buyer of books in our household, I'm thrilled that both of our kids love this series...it's been well worth the investment.
When I asked whether they planned to donate the series after it's complete, both boys assured me they want to keep it. "I only want to share How to Train Your Dragon books with people we trust, who will take care of them and return them. Because we are not going to give this series away when we are done with it, we're going to read the entire thing again."
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This one takes a turn for the worse. Poor Hiccup!
I don't want to give too much away, but things get pretty bad in this book.Read more
Love them all.
Now, why has one to be 9-12 years old, when all ages can enjoy Cressida's Cowell books? I certainly do.Read more