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ISBN13: 9780316737371
ISBN10: 0316737372
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Meet Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, heir of the Viking chiefdom, but a boy with one very big problem: a hero he is not. How to Train Your Dragon is the riotous story of Hiccup's quest to hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it into submission, and — hopefully — pass his initiation. Instead, he ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon — it's even toothless! Thus begins the hijinx of the world's most lovable, unlikely hero and a most reluctant "beast." Packed with energetic drawings and plenty of action, this boisterous tale is just right for fantasy fans or anyone with a spirit of adventure.

Review:

"In this riotous paper-over-board farce, the timid protagonist from Cowell's picture book Hiccup: The Seasick Viking proves himself worthy of the sobriquet 'Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans.' The protagonist is also given author credit (as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III), with Cowell billed as translator 'from the Old Norse.' Indeed, 'Hiccup' contributes an introductory note: 'I was not the sort of boy who could train a dragon with a mere lifting of an eyebrow. I was not a natural at the Heroism business. I had to work at it. This is the story of becoming a Hero the Hard Way.' From his initial challenge — Hiccup and his fellow warriors-in-training must each pluck a dragon from a 'Dragon Nursery' where 3,000 young critters are hibernating — the likable lad faces a host of hurdles and beats tremendous odds to emerge triumphant. After selecting a tiny, toothless dragon ('I shall call [my dragon] Fireworm,' says nemesis Snotface Snotlout. 'What are you going to call yours, Hiccup? Sweetums? Sugarlips? Babyface?'). Hiccup tackles the chore of training the stubborn creature, which leads to some fresh, funny dialogue between the two (Hiccup has the rare ability to speak 'Dragonese'). A rollicking finale finds the duo rescuing Vikings from a ravenous, mountain-size dragon. Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names (e.g., Fishlegs, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain) and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages — and chuckling as they go. Ages 8-12. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans as much as to scaredy-cats, especially since the author extends the nonstop parody with messy black-and-white pencil sketches of the bumbling bedlam." Booklist

Review:

"Featuring characters with names like Badbreath the Gruff and Snotface Snotlout, the silly story is accompanied by the author's crudely drawn illustrations." Hornbook Guide to Children

Review:

"Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup's exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon." School Library Journal

Review:

"[Cowell's] 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 Reviews

Synopsis:

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

Synopsis:

Packed with energetic black-and-white drawings and plenty of action, this book tells the boisterous tale of a young heir to a Viking chiefdom who must hunt down the fiercest dragon in the land, but ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon.

About the Author

Cowell holds a B.A. in graphic design and an M.A. in narrative illustration.

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shadeedra_goddessofshadow, October 30, 2006 (view all comments by shadeedra_goddessofshadow)
I loved the story line. I hope to read more books by Cressida Cowell.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316737371
Author:
Cowell, Cressida
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Vikings
Subject:
Animals - Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s humor
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Us
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Elementary and junior high
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
7.82x5.24x.81 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 214 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316737371 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this riotous paper-over-board farce, the timid protagonist from Cowell's picture book Hiccup: The Seasick Viking proves himself worthy of the sobriquet 'Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans.' The protagonist is also given author credit (as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III), with Cowell billed as translator 'from the Old Norse.' Indeed, 'Hiccup' contributes an introductory note: 'I was not the sort of boy who could train a dragon with a mere lifting of an eyebrow. I was not a natural at the Heroism business. I had to work at it. This is the story of becoming a Hero the Hard Way.' From his initial challenge — Hiccup and his fellow warriors-in-training must each pluck a dragon from a 'Dragon Nursery' where 3,000 young critters are hibernating — the likable lad faces a host of hurdles and beats tremendous odds to emerge triumphant. After selecting a tiny, toothless dragon ('I shall call [my dragon] Fireworm,' says nemesis Snotface Snotlout. 'What are you going to call yours, Hiccup? Sweetums? Sugarlips? Babyface?'). Hiccup tackles the chore of training the stubborn creature, which leads to some fresh, funny dialogue between the two (Hiccup has the rare ability to speak 'Dragonese'). A rollicking finale finds the duo rescuing Vikings from a ravenous, mountain-size dragon. Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names (e.g., Fishlegs, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain) and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages — and chuckling as they go. Ages 8-12. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans as much as to scaredy-cats, especially since the author extends the nonstop parody with messy black-and-white pencil sketches of the bumbling bedlam."
"Review" by , "Featuring characters with names like Badbreath the Gruff and Snotface Snotlout, the silly story is accompanied by the author's crudely drawn illustrations."
"Review" by , "Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup's exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon."
"Review" by , "[Cowell's] 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."
"Synopsis" by , Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
"Synopsis" by , Packed with energetic black-and-white drawings and plenty of action, this book tells the boisterous tale of a young heir to a Viking chiefdom who must hunt down the fiercest dragon in the land, but ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon.
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