A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon Series #6)

A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon Series #6)

by Cressida Cowell


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It's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy Scary Librarian and his dreadful army of Meathead Warriors and face off against the formidable Driller-Dragons. Will he make it out and live to see his next birthday?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316085328
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Series: How to Train Your Dragon Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 32,749
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cressida Cowell is the good-friend and confidante of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Viking warrior and hero of The Heroic Misadventures. When she is not visiting with Hiccup to document his latest memoir, she lives in the UK. She is also the author of The Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby? and numerous other picture books.

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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon Series #6) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves dragons and read this whole series of books very quickly. She and her friend act out scenes from the books and write their own stories about the characters. We really enjoyed going to the movie, "How to Train Your Dragon" together recently. I really like the message of cooperation and understanding among different people/dragons. It really resonates now with world events and a climate of distrust. I want my daughter to think about other cultures with an open mind and empathy. The books also help kids that are not the most popular or tough to see there are all different kinds of people and all are valuable and have something to offer. I would highly recommend these books for girls or boys ages 8 to 12.
Wrighty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy Scary Librarian, his dreadful army of Meathead Warriors, and the formidable Driller Dragons. Will he make it out and live to see his next birthday?I adored this book! I haven't read any of the other Hiccup books but I will be now and I'll be sharing these with my nephews. This had a comical story about a young Viking boy, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, who is in his first year of the Pirate Training Program and isn't really turning out like the HERO he is expected to be much to the dismay of his father, Stoick the Vast, O Hear His Name and Tremble, the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. And this is a time where you weren't allowed to be anything less.Imagine a time of VIKING HEROES, in which men were men and women were sort of men, too, and even some babies had chest hair.Poor Hiccup is off to a miserable start for his twelfth birthday but it does make for a hilarious adventure.Almost every page had wonderful illustrations, hand drawn sketches of Vikings and dragons. There were also excerpts from the Hero's Guide and they looked like drawings from a book. And all throughout there were different interesting fonts that added to the fun. It's not just a good story it's also fun to look at.In the back of the book at the end of the story were some great additions.Dragon Profiles - names, drawings, statistics and notations of each of the dragons Hiccup has experience with.Dragonese Dictionary - important terms for the readerall right - okey dokeybad mood - thunder puffs issa zappingchair - bum supportDragonese colors and numbersyellow - butter color1,2,3 -oos, doos, twaConversations with Toothless the Dragon - get to know Hiccup's cute little dragon (the littlest ever and he has no teeth but very hard gums) even better.Highly recommended. Book 5 from a series.Thank you to Hatchette Books for a review copy fo this book.
joshua.jrei2733 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons is about a boy named Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless. To keep Toothless from being banished for life, Hiccup and his two friends have to go on an adventure that could kill them. This adventure takes them to the Meathead Public Library. The Meathead Public Library is graded by the Meathead tribe and The Hairy Scary Librarian a ruthless old man who will kill you if you try to take a book, he thinks the all the books are his and Vikings don't disserve to read. Hiccup and his friends got caught by the librarian and barley escape, but they're not safe yet the still have to get out without the Meatheads' driller dragons finding them. As they were running away Hiccup saw a book written by one of his ancestors and when he grabs it a secret door opens and then they get out unhurt. Then they get home and everyone is happy that they are back. I really like A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons. I rate this book five stars *****. It was surprising because as soon as they thought that they were safe something else tried the kill them. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure books. This book was also funny.
mattsmom0909 More than 1 year ago
We were very disappointed that when this book arrived (also books 4 and 5) the cover image was not the one in the picture.  The entire cover was different from the other dragon books that my son already owns.  At the time I am writing this review, the cover shown for this book on the web site is yellow and has the image of the helmet  and book number on the front. The alternate cover (the one we received) has neither of those and has a different picture and color scheme.  It simply doesn't look like it is part of the set we were collecting. We returned the book and are trying to find a store where we can buy the matching books but we are not sure they exist in hardcover. It looks like we may have to start over and buy the complete set to get matching books.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Viking hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III continues his memoirs in the sixth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series as told by Cressida Cowell.  The young warrior-in-training is observing his 12th birthday. His hopes that the occasion will be a peaceful one are not to be realized. It all begins when he tries to convince his dragon, Toothless, to eat his spinach and driftwood. Not only are vegetables important, but wood is essential for a dragon’s ability to breathe fire. As Hiccup leaves for a burglary competition, he tells Toothless he must eat everything by the time he returns. However, when he arrives home, Hiccup discovers spinach scattered over the throne room where he left Toothless. The driftwood is still on the plate, but the small dragon has eaten wood, all right: ¾ of his father Stoick’s throne has been consumed. When the chief returns, angry because Bertha, the chief of the Bog-Burglars, had teased him about his tribe’s lack of burglarizing abilities, the sight of his ruined throne infuriates him even more. And when he discovers that Hiccup had been writing a book, Stoick’s wrath reaches a whole new level. There is only one book worth reading: How to Train Your Dragon by Professor Yorbish. This gives Stoick an idea: get a copy from the Great Grim Meathead Public Library. But he can’t simply walk in and borrow it, for the library is guarded not only by the Hairy Scary Librarian but 400 Meathead warriors and their deadly driller dragons. But taking the book would prove to Bertha that Hairy Hooligans are good burglars, after all. How will Hiccup help solve this conundrum? Cressida Cowell has written yet another fast-paced thriller which will delight Hiccup’s fans. Readers will once again enjoy meeting the young hero and his friends and following their adventures. David Tennant’s lively narration is nothing short of delightful. Youngsters are sure to snap up the remaining two volumes in the series.
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We were in a new town, and I was trying to get my kids excited about the local public library. My 9YO, who LOVES Hiccup books, was dragging his feet, when his little brother spotted the spine of this book on the shelves and said, "Hey, isn't that one of those cool books???" 45 minutes later my son was begging me to get proof of residence and speed back to the library so we could get our library cards and check out this book so he could finish it and re-read it at home :). Pretty funny, since in this volume, our Hero, Hiccup, is tasked with spending his birthday stealing a book from the Meathead Public Library (we checked our copy out properly, didn't steal it :D ). The Hairy Scary Librarian actually reminds me of one of the librarians I encountered as a kid, come to think of it! Author Cowell has a gift for presenting the world as kids seem to see it in a very non-condescending manner that is real to kids and smile-inducing to adults. As always, the book was entertaining enough to keep my son engrossed in it until he was finished (twice) and my husband and I each read it as well, just because the books are so cute, and we want to know what he's talking about all the time. I often buy these books in twos; one for my son, and one to donate to his school, and it's actually a pleasure that he has a new school now so we can share them with a whole new crop of kids! School has just begun, and as a surprise I just ordered book#7 for my son. Can't wait for it to get here-- love watching him actually smile and laugh as he reads!
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LukeDM More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot because it is funny and exciting! It is scary in some parts like when the Hairy Scarey Librarian almost kills Hiccup and Camacazi while trying to help Toothless (Hiccup's dragon). I especially thought the dragon species book and the dragon dictionary in the back of the book were really cool! There is also a dragonese conversation guide that is fun to use with my friends! If you like dragons and vikings you should read this book!
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Momm8 More than 1 year ago
I was having a difficult time getting my son interested in reading and this book series is now in great demand in my house. All my kids elementary to High School love reading these books.