Thursday, April 8, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon (Hiccup) How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Hiccup and his fellow warriors-in-training must capture a sleeping baby dragon as part of the process of becoming true vikings.  After successfully capturing one, the boys have a limited amount of time to train it to obey their commands.  Hiccup does manage to catch a dragon—although he finds that the one he has is the smallest of all the dragons caught!  To make things worse, his dragon is completely toothless!—which leads Hiccup to name him Toothless.

Toothless won’t follow any of the commands Hiccup gives him.  Hiccup even seeks out a book written specifically for dragon training, but the only advice it provides is: “Yell at it.”  When a huge water dragon emerges from the bottom of the sea, Hiccup and the boys must get their dragons to obey them so that they can rid themselves of the huge, evil dragon once and for all.

This is a funny book that boys especially will enjoy; the characters’ and dragons’ funny names will make readers laugh, along with the woefully un-vikinglike Hiccup.  This is the first book in the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking.

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