How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon #1) by Cressida Cowell
Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III was a truly extraordinary Viking hero.
The warrior chieftain and awesome sword fighter was known as ‘the Dragon Whisperer’, on account of his power over these terrifying beasts.
But it wasn’t always like that, and this is the story of his rise to fame, in his own words.
* ~ * My Thoughts * ~ *
Book Toothless and Movie Toothless are very different creatures. The only book characters who remotely resemble themselves in the movie are Hiccup and Gobber. And the way the young Vikings come to have their dragons is completely different.
Hiccup is still the Outsider wanting to fit in, the unlikely hero, the underdog etc. Astrid and Ruffnut are no where to be seen, no girls are – I love Astrid and Ruffnut so that was a little disappointing.
All that said this book was adorable! The book series is listed for ages 6 to 10 – I would have devoured this series at around eight years old.
We follow hiccup as an initiate competing for the right to become a full member of his father’s tribe or be banished from the isle of Berk forever. We see hiccup along with all the other boys go off to catch a dragon that they must then train and use to compete. Obviously Toothless does not cooperate in this matter and what follows is humorous tale of mishaps and triumphs.
There is still a enormous dragon showdown with Hiccup and Toothless still getting to be the heroes of the story.
After I had bought the paperback I found out that David Tennent voices the audio books. If I had to pick one thing that would have made me enjoy this book more, it would be having David Tennent read it to me! As is i’m going to give it Four Stars.
I hope all the photos I took hid the fact my brain is mush at the moment and I couldn’t write a decent review 😐 Did it work? LOL.