Monday, April 23, 2012

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Translated from the Old Norse by Cressida Cowell

As the viking chief's son, Hiccup is the very opposite of what it means to be a viking.  He loves to read, he's timid, he's small and can barely hold a sword.  While all the other kids his are a vicious warriors in the making, Hiccup has no hope of ever living up to his father's expectations.

The day finally comes for him to get his dragon!  Will he get the most ferocious?  Will he get the scariest?  Instead, he ends up with a small, toothless dragon that can't even scare a rabbit.  How can Hiccup live up to being the chief's son, and when a giant sea dragon threatens the village, can he and Toothless save the day?

This is a hilarious book!  Hiccup is the complete opposite of what a viking should be, and yet finds ways to fit in.  The drawings and the notes from Hiccup are great.  Kids that like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" would like this too.  While very different than the movie, I would say this is definitely better.  I liked the movie, but loved the book!

If you can find a copy of this on audio CD, listen to it!  It's even funnier read out loud!