How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon Series #4)

How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon Series #4)

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In his fourth sidesplitting adventure, Hiccup Horrendous
Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease
Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find: a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He’ll have to dodge the terrible
Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he’s going to be a hero … again.

A fast paced plot, slapstick humor, and witty dialogue enhance this exciting tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478981008
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: How to Train Your Dragon Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cressida Cowell
lives in London with her husband, Simon; her children Maisie, Clementine, and
Alexander; and two cats, Lily and Baloo. In addition to translating Hiccup’s memoirs, she has written and illustrated such picture books as Hiccup,
the Viking Who Was Seasick
, Little Bo Peep’s Library Book, and That
Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

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How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Hiccup Horrendous III, only son and heir of Stoick the Vast, chief of the Hairy Hooligans, is back. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse continues the memoirs of the hero as translated by Cressida Cowell. As the tale opens, the young Viking and his fellow students find themselves on a dragon-pulled sleigh. Today’s lesson is hunting with bow and arrows on skis, and Hiccup is leading the operation. Their destination is the island of the Hysterics, a vicious Viking tribe led by Norbert the Nutjob.  As so often happens with the boys’ training, things don’t go as planned, and Hiccup ends up shooting the Hysteric chief in the backside. The boys narrowly escape, but Hiccup has another worry. His best friend Fishlegs appears to be ill. After they return, a concerned Hiccup takes his friend to ask the advice of the wise Old Wrinkly. It turns out that Fishlegs was stung by a dragon known as a Venomous Vorpent. The only antidote is a potato, a vegetable that does not yet exist in Viking lands. However, Old Wrinkly informs Hiccup that there is one: on the island of the Hysterics.  Determined to get the potato and cure his friend, the Viking-in-training is joined by Camicazi, a girl as brave and skilled at warfare as she is small. Together, the youngsters, with the help of a dragon named One-Eye, make their way to the Hysterics’ island. Hiccup and Camicazi discover the location of the coveted Vegetable-That-Must-Not-Be-Named (Harry Potter fans will love the inference): the Hysteric Great Hall, where a huge feast is taking place. Hiccup, Camicazi, and reluctant little dragon Toothless snatch the potato from under the noses of the Hysterics and make a harrowing escape from the island. Now they must rush back to Berk in time to save Fishlegs. The fourth volume in Cressida Cowell’s riotously funny series lives up to the reputation of its predecessors. The spot-on narration by David Tennant adds to the fun. Full of kid-pleasing humor, nonstop action, and unexpected twists, Hiccup’s new adventure will have readers enthralled. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake. As soon as kids finish this one, they’re sure to be clamoring for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books in the series. In the last book "How To Speak Dragonese", one viking in the group gets poison by the deadly dragon, Vorpentitis. Cressida Cowell let it a mystery of who got the poision. Now in this book, Fishlegs to seemes to have the affects. Now it's up to Hiccup and Camicazi to steal a poatato from Norbert the Nutjob to save their friends life. I really love this book, it's action, adventure, comendy, and mystery all wrap into one. I recmend it for 3- 6th grade. I think it is for mostly boys, but girls can still read it (I'm a girl). Also, you should read the books before you read this book. So, you understand the book and characters.
kimmerKP More than 1 year ago
It has always been a challenge to find just the right book for my son to read. He is a high-level reader, but many of the books that are in his reading-range are not approriate, or interesting, for a ten year-old boy. I was so relieved when he stumbled upon the "Dragon" series by Cressida Cowell. He has devoured these books on his "own time" and has been reading the series for pleasure, though the books do have associated AR reading tests available. It is the first time I have ever seen him walk home from school while absorbed in a book; he couldn't bear to put it down. He enjoys the quirky characters and the laugh-out-loud dialogue. Every time he starts a new book in the series, I race to order the next one because I know it won't be long before he needs to know what happens next. "How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse," #4 in the series, follows this rule. My son says that the story picks up cohesively from the other books, and the plot, the group's attempt to steal "the potato" in order to cure Fishleg's supposed dragon-bite induced ailment, is both funny and exciting. I like that my son WANTS to read these books. It is also a plus that the potty-humor is minimal. He and his friends are reading these books at the same time, and they are discovering the bond of sharing a story and characters that typically comes with involvement in a book club (but they don't know that). I think it's neat that they compete to see who has the next book first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the other books in this series (they were awesome too!), but this one was the very best! It was very funny and entertaining, and sometimes shocking and weird!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hiccup is always in adventure with toothless and fishlegs then fishlegs gets sick and hiccup has to find the forbidon veggitable-the potato
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will often read through various children's books to determine if it's something that my son will enjoy reading. My son is 9 years old and enjoys any book that will make him laugh. This was a definite hit on his list. He loved this book as it was not only funny but had a lot of excitement in it as well. I would also recommend the other titles in the Hiccup series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! Anyone who loves dragons and vikings should read the whole sieries like I did, and anyone who read the other three books MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!! I'm telling you all. THIS BOOK IS AWSOME!!! :-) :-) !!!!!
infernalbeast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazingly well written book. Very entertaining.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is not your typical viking, but can he save his friend who has been poisoned by a dragon? In order to do it, he must brave a Doomfang dragon and fight a tribe of ill-tempered vikings to get a rare frozen potato. Oh, and he only has until 10 o' clock tomorrow before his friend is doomed. A wacky, humorous story with a lot of adventure. This title and others in the series will appeal to reluctant readers and cash in on the popularity of dragon books. Recommended for a light, fun, wacky read.
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PetiteDiva More than 1 year ago
I've been reading these books and very much enjoying them; since they're kids books I cannot wait to give them to my 11-year-old nephew, I can guarantee he'll love them!
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mattsmom0909 More than 1 year ago
We were very disappointed that when this book arrived (also books 5 and 6) 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 blue and has the image of the helmet and book number on the front. The alternate cover 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.