Sunday, 28 March 2010

Review - How to Train Your Dragon

Kid Konnection is a a weekend feature related
to anything about children books.

How to Train Your Dragon
BY: Cressida Cowell
PUBLISHED BY: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0-316-01098-7
Pages: 214
Ages: 9-12
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In the first book in the series, on the island of Berk, eleven-year-old Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the son of the Viking chief, must follow the rite of passage and capture a dragon from a cave. Hiccup, along with other children, are led by Gobber the Belch to catch their own eggs. Whoever can’t find an egg and train a dragon, will be kicked out of the tribe forever.

Hiccup, Fishlegs, Tuffnut Jr., Speedfist, Wartihog, Clueless, Snotlout and Dogsbreath the Duhbrain head into the Wild Dragons Cliff carrying their dragon baskets. Fishleg sneezes and awakens the sleeping dragons. The kids all head to the exit with their dragon eggs. Hiccup notices that his best friend, Fishlegs, doesn’t have a dragon egg. He gives his dragon to Fishlegs. Hiccup quickly goes back and grabs an egg.

Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless, is a lot smaller than the others. All the kids have to use a handbook called “How to Train Your Dragon,” but it is only a single page instructing you to “yell at it; the louder the better.” This doesn’t help Hiccup with his dragon.

A dragon called the “Green Death” is threatening the tribe, and only Hiccup and Toothless can stop him.

I found “How to Train a Dragon” last year at a thrift store. I tossed it on my bookshelf and completely forgot about it until I saw the movie advertised a few weeks ago. I took the book out and read it in one sitting. It’s a hilarious book. Kids will enjoy reading about Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. Now, I want to see the movie.


  1. This sounds like a really cute story! I'm itching to see the movie too. I love dragons!

  2. A series? I love book series. I hear the movie is good too.

  3. Yes, there are several sequels to book.


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