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Book Review by Angus Trombley
How to Train your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Also by Cressida Cowell
For all those who have watched the movie version of “How to Train Your Dragon,” remember that this is not the movie, this book is WAY better.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the son of the great Viking leader, Stoick the Vast. He may be the Hope and Heir to the great Viking tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, but the other Viking boys in the tribe call him Hiccup the Useless. His only friend is Fishlegs, who is even worse at being a Viking than Hiccup is. Hiccup does not look like a Viking hero; he is kind of small, rather scrawny and not exactly athletic. He does not do well at most Viking lessons. Can he pass the Dragon Initiation Programme and become a dragon trainer and not get cast out of his tribe? All he has to do to pass Dragon Initiation is capture a baby dragon, preferably of a large, fierce and dangerous variety, then train that dragon to catch fish and be obedient by Thors’day Thursday. Failure to succeed at this is not an option. If you fail, you are cast out of the tribe. Can Hiccup actually get and train a dragon? Can he also save his tribe from a terrible threat? Well, I guess you will just have to read the book and find out.
I thought this was a great book. It is extremely funny, has funny pictures in it and is a really good story. My favourite thing is Hiccup’s dragon, whose name is Toothless. Toothless is the most disobedient dragon ever.