The story of Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III's rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in his own words. Read the book 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 and The Wizards of Once 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, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, 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.
'... full of charm ... imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.' - Waterstones Books Quarterly'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'... inspired series ... its enchantment lies primarily in the comical, affectionate and often irritable relationship between Hiccup (the only nerd in the violent Viking Hooligan tribe) and his runty little dragon Toothless.' - Amanda Craig, The TimesFiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it. - Amanda Craig, The Times' The combination of cartoons with sharp wit is what makes this book so uniquely special.' - Books Quaterly (Waterstones)'another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.' - Writeaway.orgCHILDREN'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 TimesHow 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. - Sunday Herald, Glasgow