How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (5 stars)

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

  • Pub. Date: February 2010
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Format: Paperback , 214pp
  • Sales Rank: 17,432
  • Age Range: 8 to 11

Summary:  A little Viking boy named Hiccup needs to get and train a dragon in order to become an initiated member of the tribe.  It’s very important to Hiccup because his dad is the leader.  The problem is Hiccup is small, uncoordinated, and not the least bit intimidating.  He does not have any of the skills that are so important to the tribe, and his classmates have little faith in him.  The good news is that all of the dragons are hibernating when it’s time to go catch one.  The bad news is that Hiccup is supposed to lead.  Since this is How to train a dragon, you must know that Hiccup is triumphant in retrieving a baby dragon; a very small, toothless baby dragon.  After this success, Hiccup has the task of training the stubborn little fellow.  Eventually this relationship leads the two of them into a wild adventure with a huge dragon that thinks of everyone as their next meal.  How does this unlikely pair survive?

My thoughts:  This was a real fun read.  I went on a comedy kick during the summer and pulled this whole series off the shelf.  It definitely fit the bill.  The things that the characters say had me laughing out loud (to the odd looks of those around me).  Some of the vocabulary is difficult for younger/beginner readers, but it’s because of the way things are described and talked about.  I would recommend the use of context clues instead of a dictionary to go through these unknown words.  The book is altogether worth a few hours to read, especially with your children. It has adventure, comedy, excellent character development, and a decent moral.

5 Stars

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