Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
In this riotous paper-over-board farce, the timid protagonist from Cowell's picture book Hiccup: The Seasick Viking proves himself worthy of the sobriquet "Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans." The protagonist is also given author credit (as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III), with Cowell billed as translator "from the Old Norse." Indeed, "Hiccup" contributes an introductory note: "I was not the sort of boy who could train a dragon with a mere lifting of an eyebrow. I was not a natural at the Heroism business. I had to work at it. This is the story of becoming a Hero the Hard Way." From his initial challenge Hiccup and his fellow warriors-in-training must each pluck a dragon from a "Dragon Nursery" where 3,000 young critters are hibernating the likable lad faces a host of hurdles and beats tremendous odds to emerge triumphant. After selecting a tiny, toothless dragon ("I shall call Fireworm," says nemesis Snotface Snotlout. "What are you going to call yours, Hiccup? Sweetums? Sugarlips? Babyface?"). Hiccup tackles the chore of training the stubborn creature, which leads to some fresh, funny dialogue between the two (Hiccup has the rare ability to speak "Dragonese"). A rollicking finale finds the duo rescuing Vikings from a ravenous, mountain-size dragon. Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names (e.g., Fishlegs, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain) and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages and chuckling as they go. Ages 8-12. (May)
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Very funny and cute!
I watched the movies 1, 2 & 3 before I read the book. Awesome! Way better. Good for kids who get bullied to realize that there’s a ‘hard way of becoming a hero’, and just very funny and cute for all ages
Good Characters and Story, but Too Gorey
The stories in these books are fun and original. The characters are hilarious, albeit colored with ‘boy’ humor. But the descriptions are too explicit for children. They have a horror-movie-like quality. They gave my daughter nightmares. I have to skip the descriptions so she can enjoy the story.
I love the book!!!
I love this book. Toothless is so cute and annoying in a fun away. Which you get in the last book. The humor is funny to read. A good book series for children. So much better then the movies and tv show.