How to Train Your Dragon: Book 1 - How to Train Your Dragon (Paperback)Cressida Cowell (author)
A mix of old-fashioned adventure and delightfully quirky comedy, How to Train Your Dragon kick-starts Cowell’s remarkable fantasy series featuring hapless Vikings and their flying reptilian steeds.
Read the hilarious books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films!
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup's father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.
In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be banished from the tribe forever!
But what if Hiccup's dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has no teeth? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . .
Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero?
How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 243 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 19 mm
'If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian's Children's Books Editor
'By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful.' - The Times
'Proper modern classics.' - The Sunday Express
'A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure.' - The Observer
'The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share.' - Dundee Courier
'Her genuinely fierce, intelligent and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero's mix of quick wit, courage and loyalty.' - Kirkus
'One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time.' - The Independent
'I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly.' - Amanda Craig, The Independent on Sunday
'What we have here is Harry Potter meets Blackadder. The result is a story that anyone with a tolerance of snot and gore would find richly entertaining.' - The Glasgow Herald
'This book will definitely make you laugh out loud.' - Torquay Herald Express
'Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world.' - The Daily Telegraph
'Top stuff.' - The Daily Telegraph
'Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader.' - The Spectator
'Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves.' - The Times
'Wise, colourful and funny.' - Dorset Echo
'Cowell is a master of storytelling...On a profound level, this series celebrates divergence and being true to oneself, teaching children that they don't have to be carbon copies of their parents.' - Hay Festival of the Arts
'Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit.' - The Independent
'Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too.' - Time Out
'Has a good story to it.' - Jamie, aged 9, Daily Record
'The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'Full of bright wit and brutal honesty, this is a brilliant book that launched a huge series ... This is a fantastic adventure that explores failure as well as success and weighs the cost of being different against the price of fitting in with sneaky maturity and shining humour.' - The List
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“So very different!”
After loving the film for a number of years I finally decided to dip into the book and wow ...it was certainly different.
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