How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon Series #3)

How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon Series #3)

by Cressida Cowell


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The rollicking sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" and "How to Be a Pirate" offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, and imaginative black-and-white illustrations to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.

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ISBN-13: 9780316085298
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: How to Train Your Dragon Series
Pages: 221
Sales rank: 33,801
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cressida Cowell's first two books about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III were published by Little, Brown.

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How to Speak Dragonese 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is back. As the Viking hero continues his memoirs, translated from the Old Norse by Cressida Cowell, the 12-year-old son and heir of Stoick the Vast is engaging in a lesson on boarding an enemy vessel. Leave it to Hiccup, his demanding little dragon Toothless, his friend and fellow unlikely hero Fishlegs, and sleepy dragon Horrorcow to become separated from the group. Instead of boarding a peaceful fishing boat, the boys and their dragons find the ship they've landed on is a Roman one. As Hiccup hides, he overhears the prefect (really Alvin the Treacherous in a dastardly new role) and the grossly overweight consul planning to capture all the dragons on Berk and take them to Rome. While listening to the plot, our hero manages to save a tiny nanodragon from becoming part of the consul’s meal. As he sneaks away, Hiccup opens a dragon-filled cage, and the angry beasts attack and set fire to the ship. The boys and Horrorcow escape, but Toothless is not so fortunate: he is captured by the Romans. After the threesome finally arrives home on Berk, Hiccup faces Stoick, who is (again) disappointed in his son’s lack of ability. However, things are about to get worse. Romans disguised as members of the Bog-Burglers, a female Viking clan, capture Hiccup and Fishlegs. The boys’ destination is the frightening Fort Sinister, where the prefect awaits. Rather than killing the boys outright, their nemesis decides to have them engage in combat in the arena. Confined in a tower, they meet Camicazi, a small, tough girl who happens to be the Bog-Burglar heir, and whose sword-fighting abilities equal Hiccup’s. Will the three youngsters — and a dragon no bigger than an insect - be able to survive the arena? This third book in Cressida Cowell’s series is full of over-the-top wackiness, adventure, heroism, and enough plot twists to satisfy fans of the first two “memoirs.” David Tennant’s imaginative, lively narration in the audio book format is a perfect match for the story line. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the victory of brains over brawn. As the elder Hiccup counsels, one must battle with “the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loves the books in the Hiccup series. He needs to read at least 20 minutes a day for his school homework, but when it comes to reading these books, I have to 'make' him stop reading so he has time to finish the rest of his homework. I have also read the Hiccup books and I find them all not only funny but a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 because its hilarious and very fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read. I think anyone who needs a good laugh should read this book. The author has great talent, amazing descriptive skill and a sense of humor. It was an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book! everyone should read it. learning gragonese from this book is easy
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of hiccups most herioc adventure yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i would say that this book is a book that never gets olf:)
LiLLY.afou5564 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the 3rd book of "How To Train Your Dragon." It's when Hiccup is still training to become a viking (also known as viking in training). He & Fishlegs (with their dragons) where on "The Hopeful Puffin." Their task was to retrieve a helmet from the fishermen, but of course with their luck they end up getting scared Sharkworms (killer dragons) and end up on a Roman ship. Turns out these particular Roman are Dragonnappers (take dragons). They make it back home. The folllowing day they get kidnapped and the Roman kidnappers dress up as the Bog-Burglars. So, that the 2 tribes would fight against each other, if the Heir of the tribe was kidnapped (the kidnappers didn't know which one was the Heir Of Hairy Hooligans, so they gotboth Hiccup & Fishlegs). While they're kidnapped they get sent to a tower and meet the Hier Of The Bog-Burglars, Camicazi. Trying to escape, but not succeding the 3 kids wait for Hiccup's dad's rescue party to come any minute, but never showed up. Close to death, in the arena with Sharkworms everywhere Hiccup's helper dragon comes to the rescue. They escape finally, and Hiccup's dad's rescue party came late, though (at least they came). The 3 friends cameback home and the tribes where friends and never fought again.This book was different from the 1st. It's not really good, I got bored when I was reading it. I expected it to be better like the 1st one, but I guess it's just not. Because the story wasn't that intereting to comprehend, I don't know why I read it. Well, since I read itat least I know how it is (not good). Uhm, the only interesting part was when the Sharkworms come, cause I'm afraid of sharks. So, I thought that was neat. I suppose people do have different opinions about things cause this book is scored : 4.12. The way the book was written was okay, not the best. Well, I guess I can't be fully NEGATIVE about this book. So, the cool thing was when Hiccup & Fishlegs boarded the Roman ship in mistake of the fishermen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like HHH3 and Toothless ( hiccup)
PetiteDiva More than 1 year ago
I'm 28 and I've been reading them like an addict, they only last a day or two. It's a cute experience to read children's books. I do recomend it.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall: 5  Narration: 5  Story: 4 Such a fun series of stories, as again our intrepid hero Hiccup, his best friend Fishlegs, his small and spoiled hunting dragon Toothless and the rest of the Hairy Hooligans make this series a light, fun and entertaining one.  When Hiccup isn’t spending his day studying his favorite things (dragons, dragonese and all things related to the two) or catering to one very spoiled and loquacious dragon, he is often trying his best to avoid his own death or maiming in the latest training exercise.    The young pirating trainees are set to perform their first raid, and true to form the overeager Hooligans haven’t necessarily thought things through – and they end up confused and raiding the wrong ship.  From here, the pacing is fast and action packed.  Adults that are familiar with Monty Python and the Life of Brian movie will find a similar bent in humor and situations, although most certainly the language and humor is really aimed at children.  There are plenty of laugh out loud moments as Big-Boobied Bertha’s tale of killing an elk with her outstanding features, the interactions between Hiccup and Toothless that are reminiscent of someone trying to use logic with a tantruming two year old or a cat. Cowell also brings us a new character to enjoy in Camicazi: daughter of Big Boobied Bertha and a fearsome little warrior with a soft spot for everything Hiccup.  Again, Cowell manages to add moments that are truly touching, that show Hiccup’s heart and determination to stay the course of what is right despite the odds against him.  A few lines in the book bring us an interaction with Toothless that show growth and affection in that relationship as well, perhaps the one real moment of forward character development in this book aside from Stoik’s actually starting to realize that Hiccup’s ideas and  ways may not be the worst he’s heard.  There is no doubt that he loves his son, but he’s a rough tough Viking who loves to eat, shout and fight: soft gentle words are often out of his reach.  Narration is again provided by David Tennant, and the addition of new characters and his easy transitions from Toothless’ slightly stuttering, lisping whine to the lilting sing-song Welsh-flavored voice of Camicazi, to Hiccups decided brogue and the other characters make this a treat for the ears.  For those who are following the series by audio will recognize many of the characters voices before their introduction, the care to create continuity as the character list expands is impressive and very much appreciated.  Cowell adds an epilogue from the “modern day” Hiccup, as he looks back on his life: this is, after all, his autobiography and the perspective is both touching and a bit of a summary as he reminds us of the important bits.  Hiccup is the anti-hero in this day of Hulks and Spidey, the quiet and thoughtful hero that uses knowledge, clever thinking, luck, dreams and the honest goodness of his heart to prevail.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.