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How to Train Your Dragon

Written by Cressida Cowell

Part of the How to Train Your Dragon Series

Key Stage 2 Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on How to Train Your Dragon

The very first of the oustanding successful series of books and films. Inventive, witty and with endearing characters this series is custom made to engage readers.

Jokes flow thick and fast from this most original and inventive Viking adventure, which launched the career of a Viking with a difference. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock grew up at a time of dragons but he was not always a hero. He had to learn to fight them. To do so he had to pass the Dragon Initiation Programme, an awesome schedule run by Gobber the Belch, idiot in charge of initiation on the Isle of Berk. Hiccup was by no means a natural high achiever when it came to dragon training but after many hilarious mishaps, he soon got the hang of it and was on the way to becoming a Hero.

Books in The How To Train Your Dragon Series:

1. How To Train Your Dragon

2. How To Be A Pirate

3. How To Speak Dragonese

4. How To Cheat a Dragon's Curse

5. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

6. How To Twist a Dragon's Tale

7. How To Ride a Dragon's Storm

8. How To Break a Dragon's Heart

9. How To Steal a Dragon's Sword

10. How To Seize a Dragon's Jewel

11. How To Betray a Dragon's Hero

12. How To Fight a Dragon's Fury

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

More About This Book

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise. How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is out in February 2019.


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How to Train Your Dragon Synopsis

Read the book that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World.

With exclusive content, including Viking facts and a sneak peek of The Wizards of Once!

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 FOR EVER! 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 Press Reviews

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

Has a good story to it -- Jamie, aged 9 - Daily Record

Descriptive and flowing, Cowell's Dragon novels have become deserved hits at the cinema, too. - Time Out

Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books fill every spread with scales and fangs and typographical jeux d'esprit - The Independent

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

Wise, colourful and funny - Dorset Echo

Funny, thrilling and ideal for children needing to discover the hero inside themselves - The Times

Cressida Cowell's series of the memoirs of Hiccup the Viking are funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader - The Spectator

Top stuff - The Daily Telegraph

Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vivdly imagined alternative world - The Daily Telegraph

This book will definitely make you laugh out loud - Torquay Herald Express

Cowell's wittily written books have become today's childhood must-read stories - Books Quarterly (Waterstones)

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 light-hearted, well-illustrated mock saga would appeal to girls and boys. My Dad liked it too. More please. -- Geoffrey Truscott, aged 11 - The Glasgow Herald

Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful - Independent on Sunday

I can't praise this wonderful adventure too highly -- Amanda Craig - Independent on Sunday

One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time - The Independent

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

The start of the most original series for kids in ages. Funny, clever and great for the whole family to share - Dundee Courier

A laugh out loud romp of a Viking adventure - Observer

Hilarious -

Proper modern classics - Sunday Express

By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful - The Times

Filled with thrilling adventure and action-packed heroes -- Charlotte Tarling, Year 6 - Country Child

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's Children's Books Editor Mentioned in the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) - The Daily Telegraph

The first in the successful series... perfect for tricky boy readers, as the action scenes are first-class. - The Sunday Telegraph

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444950380
Publication date: 10th January 2019
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Fantasy / Magical

About Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell, Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2019–2021 Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather. Every year, Cressida’s family spent four weeks of the summer, and two weeks of the spring, on the island. The family had ...

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