Read the books that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize , the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now'magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.
Gr 3-5-The misfit hero of How to Be a Pirate (Little, Brown, 2005) returns in another Viking tall tale. Chief's son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon, Toothless, get separated from their class during "Boarding-An-Enemy-Ship" practice. The peaceful fishing boat they are supposed to attack turns out to be a prowling Roman galley, crewed by some of the Empire's least-distinguished legions. The invaders are plotting to provoke war among the Viking factions by kidnapping the heirs of Hiccup's own Happy Hooligans and the Amazonian Bog-Burglar tribe. Then, while the locals are occupied, the Romans plan to make off with the entire dragon population of the islands. With the help of Bog-Burglar girl warrior Camicazi and the bumblebee-sized dragon Ziggerastica, the boys must find a way to counter the treacherous plan before they all end up facing combat to the death in the local arena. There is a lot of raucous humor and mock-heroic dialogue; ridiculous names add to the fun. The theme of brains over brawn is well defined. Warriors, Roman and Viking alike, are loud-mouthed, bullying braggarts, easy targets for clever, scrawny Hiccup. The sketchy, childlike black-and-white cartoon drawings are amusing but occasionally indistinct. Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" books (Viking), for slightly younger readers, have a sharper, more literate sense of twisted history, but the broad humor of Hiccup's misadventures will appeal to reluctant readers.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
It's the best book ever! They keep getting better and better. * The Guardian * We've loved Hiccup's dragon training adventures from the start. (tBk's Top 40 Children's Books) * tBk Magazine * 'another fiendishly funny catalogue of disaster' * Pet O'Connell * 'funny and well writen' * Cheri Lloyd * 'hilarious' * www.writeaway.org * Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. * Independent on Sunday * Cowell brings Hiccup to life in this silly and delightful little novel. * St Paul Pioneer Press * [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. * Books for Keeps * ... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. * The Financial Times * How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper... It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. * Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow * A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. * Waterstones Quarterly Magazine * A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish. * Armadillo, Spring 2003 * CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.' * Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times * 'Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing' * Amanda Craig, The Times * '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 children's editor * This is book three in the How to Train Your Dragon series. They keep getting better and better. It's the best book ever! * guardian.co.uk * This is book three in the How to Train Your Dragon series. They keep getting better and better. It's the best book ever! * guardian.co.uk * Good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes * Daily Echo * Good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes * Daily Echo * These Hiccup stories are a sure-fire hit with children aged 6 and over. Full of quirky, child-like illustrations, they sparkle with humour and wit. The adventure is rip-roaringly fast and will engage from the very first page * My Books Mag * These Hiccup stories are a sure-fire hit with children aged 6 and over. Full of quirky, child-like illustrations, they sparkle with humour and wit. The adventure is rip-roaringly fast and will engage from the very first page * My Books Mag * Vikings, dragons, Romans and mayhem cavort across the pages in their usual irreverent and hilarious style * School Librarian * Vikings, dragons, Romans and mayhem cavort across the pages in their usual irreverent and hilarious style * School Librarian *
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and 11-year-old Nina went to stay with their eccentric great-aunts in Maine after their mother was killed in The Golden Hour (which PW called "an entertaining novel"). The Hour of the Cobra by Maiya Williams, finds the two headed to Egypt to save some ancient scrolls and they accidentally change the course of events in their own time. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.