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How to Train Your Dragon


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Cressida Cowell lives in London. She is the author of several picture books including, What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby?, Little Bo Peep's Library Book and Don't Do That, Kitty Killroy!--and the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Train your dragon series, which inspired the hit movie, as well as of The Wizards of Once.


Gr 3-5-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of the Viking King Stoick the Vast, must learn how to train a dragon in order to pass Hero Initiation; failure to do so will lead to banishment. Hiccup captures a toothless, diminutive sized dragon, making him the laughingstock of the community. Despite obstacles, Hiccup attempts to train the dragon, he aptly names Toothless, in kinder ways than instructed. It is on Thor'sday Thursday that Hiccup fails the initiation and is facing the reality of living in exile. Soon after, an urgent war council meets to discuss a solution for the Sea Dragon looming near their homeland. The council eventually seeks Hiccup's help because he is the only one who can speak Dragonese. Hiccup has the chance to redeem himself and lead the entire clan as he formulates a plan to defeat the enormous creature. Gerard Doyle narrates Cressida Cowell's novel (Little, 2004), giving each character a distinctive voice and personality; appropriate sound effects suit the text. Listeners will delight in the occasional bard-like singing. Kids are enthralled with dragons, and this unique and humorous title will intrigue them.-Beth McGuire, Fannett-Metal School District, Willow Hill, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for How to Train Your Dragon:
"Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages--and chuckling as they go."--Publishers Weekly
"A narrative rich in dragon muck... genuinely fierce [and] intelligent."--Kirkus
..".This is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup's exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read."--School Library Journal
"This hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans."--Booklist

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