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How to Train Your Dragon (original 2003; edition 2010)

by Cressida Cowell

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Title:How to Train Your Dragon
Authors:Cressida Cowell
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 240 pages
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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (2003)

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A Viking community has spent years training dragons without ever really understanding them. When the leader of the clan’s son, Hiccup, has to train his own dragon he gets a tiny one called Toothless. Though Hiccup has been bullied for years he discovers he has his own unique talents. The book is fun, but I actually liked the movie more. It has a completely different feel. In the book Toothless is pretty rude and uncooperative. I would highly recommend the audio version of this one though, because David Tennant does an incredible job bringing the characters to life. ( )
  bookworm12 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Read this to my mature five-year-old who was eager for "big kid" books featuring male protagonists and dragons. This fit the bill, but he is a sensitive kid, and I had to do a great deal of impromptu edits to shield him from some of the violence. There is a lot of talk of death and dying, which was one of the more disturbing bits. There is a lot of bullying of the hero, and it takes a long time for the hero to become heroic. That weighed heavily on my kid, who couldn't stand all the meanness. The book wasn't the fantasy/fairy tale sort of read we were hoping for, but just some silliness mixed with meanness and violence. Lesson learned: recommendations, reading choice chapters, and skimming is not enough to determine appropriateness! This book is really intended for a much more mature audience (I hope), and even then, is fluff with questionable messages. (Try My Father's Dragon instead; perfect for this age.) ( )
  eslee | Oct 17, 2014 |
This book is about a boy called Hiccup and he is a viking. In this book he is going to go into a test with a small little dragon that he caught but another boy caught a much better dragon and and he might not get passed the test and if he doesn't pass the test he will not be a viking and he will be thrown out onto a island where he may not survive. ( )
  EmmaS91 | Oct 2, 2014 |
This book is about an 11 year old boy named Hiccup who lives in a viking society. Hiccup is weaker smaller and smarter than all the other viking boys and he is frequently teased/bullied for this as in viking society strength is worth far more than smarts. Hiccup is also a dragon whisperer as according to the book dragons existed in viking times. This abbility is also considered strange/useless as vikings would rather yell. All viking boys have to catch and train a young dragon to be there hunting companion. Hiccup finds a small common brown dragon that has no teeth. One day while Hiccup is training his dragon whom he has named Toothless, a giant sea dragon rises out of the ocean and threatens to take over the island. The tribe of vikings on Hiccup's island (called berk) assembles and the dragon gets bored and swims off.
I found this book interesting and much better than the movie. The fact that the character is strugling throught the series makes it very nice to see him finaly triumph in book 11/10. While the illustrations are crude and most of the jokes juvenile the plot is interesting and the writing very descriptive. ( )
  iand.b4 | Sep 9, 2014 |
This book is about a boy named hiccup who was not as strong as the other vikings in his village, but he was very smart and very crafty. He eventually gets a hold of a dragon which he named toothless, and he and toothless who were once practically outcast become the heroes of the village.

I like this book because it conveys a good message in that everyone has different strengths.

Have the kids watch the movie version and compare some differences, draw dragons, and tell the class some of their strengths.
  RaymondGraham | Jul 15, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cressida Cowellprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenting, InekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pickering, JimmyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tennant, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my good friend, Toothless - H.H.H. III
The translator would like to dedicate this book to her brother, Caspar, with love and admiration.
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There were dragons when I was a boy.
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Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third 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.

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