How to Train Your Dragon (B&N Exclusive Edition)

How to Train Your Dragon (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Cressida Cowell

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Don't miss this deluxe edition of How to Train Your Dragon, featuring two brand new stories plus a full color poster!

In Book One, travel back to the days when Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Will he become a truly extraordinary hero?

The action continues in two brand new stories! The Day of the Dreader is the tale of a truly dreadful Seadragon who challenges the Hairy Hooligans to a standoff! In How to Train Your Viking, we get a dragon's eye view when Toothless the Dragon narrates an epic tale!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316333634
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: How to Train Your Dragon Series
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cressida Cowell is an English children's book author, best known for the novel series, How to Train Your Dragon, which was adapted into an blockbuster animated film by DreamWorks Animation. Along with other picture books she has written, Cowell collaborates with illustrator Neal Layton on the picture book series Emily Brown.

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How to Train Your Dragon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
purplehaze_music More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 7 year old son. He really loved reading this book. I had no problem getting him to read daily and often found that he had gone beyond his required time just to "finish this part" or "at the end of the chapter, mom". I also got "it's Friday, I can stay up later to read my book". The book has great, silly, child-like illustrations that brought the story to life. Yes, the movie was great, but my little one had a great time finding the differences between the book and the movie. The biggest reward was when he finished the entire book and asked for another book to read. We're mid-way through Percy Jackson #1, he opted not to read another "How to" book for now.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite In How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, we meet Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Even though he is the son of Stoick the Vast, chief of the Hairy Hooligans, Hiccup does not fit the mold of the fierce Viking warrior, let alone a future leader. In fact, the boy’s quiet demeanor has earned him the nickname “Hiccup the Useless.” On the day the story opens, all the boys of the tribe are facing a fearsome challenge: sneak into a cave full of hibernating dragons and, without waking the fearsome beasts, snatch a baby one for himself. All goes well until one slumbering dragon awakens and alerts the others. In the mad scramble to escape, Hiccup gives his catch to his buddy Fishlegs (an even less likely Viking hero) and ends up with a pathetic excuse for a dragon. Small and without teeth, the youngster makes Hiccup the brunt of even more teasing.   However, catching the dragon was only the first part of the challenge. Each boy must train his dragon before the upcoming Thor’s Day, Thursday, or face exile from the tribe. Hiccup, who understands the creatures better than most people, tries many methods to make the aptly-named Toothless obey him before the deadline. As the boys work to train their animals, something is happening deep in the ocean: an immense sea dragon is awakening from a 600-year-slumber. The giant emerges from its watery world as the Viking warrior hopefuls face the big day. Yet a reptile from the ocean is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind, for every boy fails the test; and Stoick reluctantly orders them (even his son) into exile. Before they have to leave, an unexpected turn of events unfolds that can turn the failures into heroes. How to Train Your Dragon is a rib-tickling tale that will delight readers from the opening chapter. Sarcasm and slapstick humor combine with a bit of philosophizing to make a tale that works on so many levels. There are a few bits of “bathroom humor” which will appeal to many, but not all, kids. The audio book is read by Scottish actor David Tennant, whose spot-on delivery adds to the story’s entertainment value. Cressida Cowell’s comic tale is the first in a series, so there’s a lot more fun to be had.
eltrainor More than 1 year ago
It's way different than the movie, but it has the same tone, feel, and spirit to it. Overall, a great book.
chris3177 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my son... he really enjoyed it... i plan to purchase more books in this series...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book. I did not know the movies was adapted from a book. I plan on getting her other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of the best books I have ever read. "How to Train Your Dragon", was above all, hilarious! I strongly recommend this book for people who love adventure, fantasy, and most importantly, dragons.
staysoclose More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old son and my husband read this book by chapter (my son would read a chapter then my husband). Here is my boy's review: I give how to train your dragon a five star rating! I give it five stars because it's a really good action book and sometimes it's funny. Also it's good because at a few parts you think it's sad, but when you read a bit more it's happy. It tricks you! I think how to train your dragon is a really good family and kids book. Oh and also, if you read the book, you have to see the movie! We just did!
tapestry100 More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to the release of the upcoming Dreamworks movie, How to Train Your Dragon, and when I found out it was based on a series of YA books, I thought I'd give the first one a try when I found it at the bookstore the other night. Well, first off, based on what the previews look like for the movie and what the actual book is about, I'm going to have to assume that the movie is loosely based on the books. Anyway, the book was fun. We follow the (mis)adventures of Hiccup as he tries to train his dragon, Toothless, in order to pass the initiation to become a full-fledged member of his Viking tribe. To make matters worse, not only is he the son of the current chief, but he is also a rather un-Vikingish Viking. He has taken time to study the dragons and feels that the current method of dragon training, yelling at them, is not the best method to take with them, and in his studies has learned to speak Dragonese and tries to train his dragon through more civil means, which is generally frowned upon by the usual Viking laws. Basically, there are several morals to the story, that violence isn't necessarily always the answer (even though these are Vikings, so violence is necessary sometimes, after all), that family needs to come first, and that just because you are labeled as being plain and useless doesn't mean that's who you are and that you can prove yourself useful and rise above the labels placed on you by others. The story wasn't challenging in any way but still fun and the use of exaggerated fonts in the story to add extra emphasis was amusing. I don't think that I'll actually be buying anymore from the series, but if I find them at the library I'd probably pick them up.
Makena78 More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old daughter spent the summer reading this series. She loved them so much she couldn't stop. She has one more book left and done with the series. I'm so proud of her. At 7, there are some big words in there and some strange talk to keep up with. Highly recommend for kids who love adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old son loved this book and read it before watching the movie. He actually enjoyed it more than the movie.
Pepper-Pages More than 1 year ago
We went to see the movie first, which I must say was fabulous one of the best movies of the year, and then we read the book. The similarity between the movie and the book was only the title and the name of the main character Hiccup. The book was also fabulous though completely different from the movie. My children laughed throughout the whole book and never wanted me to stop reading. It has a lot of typical boy humor, friendship and loyalty, parental expectations, bullying and problem solving. We really enjoyed the dragon humor and Hiccup's sarcasm. We can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this story is brilliant! The story is well-told and the vocabulary is both challenging and educational. This book is not dumbed-down for an easy read, but neither is it too hard. My first-graded (granted, he's reading WAY above his grade-level) found this story not only engaging, but also funny and inspiring. He's now moved through the second and third books and on to the fourth. He's also incorporated the vocabulary he's learned into daily use.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, easy, quick book to read. The story is engaging and funny. I found myself laughing throughout the book and really liked the plot and how the main character grew in the story. Great fun for everyone!
Evansmom99 More than 1 year ago
My son enjoyed the book, he liked the characters and the dragons. He said the dragons were funny and he recommends the book. We look forward to seeing the movie this spring by Dreamworks.
Lashelle More than 1 year ago
this book is pure funny . it had me cracking up many a time , and reads very quickly , i recommend this book for roadtrips or just for a quick read ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The funniest characters were Toothless and Hiccup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would encourage you to get this book because it is funny. It is about dragons and vikings. There are comic pictures on alot of the pages. I am 10 years old and read this over the summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How to Train Your Dragon is the best book I ever read. I`m already on the next book and that is great,too. My favorite part is when Hiccup talked to the giant dragon. Some- times I even laughed. I also like dragons just like Hiccup. And I like Fishlegs, Stoick, and Gobber the Belch, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a bit gross for those who don't like bodily function jokes, but fabulous for any fifth grade boy who does (or girl...I guess). This book is about the adventurous, rowdy and rude happenings of a young Viking boy named Hiccup and his dragon. The imagery is great and the fantastical information is nicely thorough...sometimes too much so (unless, of course, you are a fifth grade boy). A word to moms, though this book has 'rudery' in it, the rude happenings are never condoned and only reluctantly practiced by the main character, Hiccup, who feels that he doesn't really fit in as a rough and tough Viking boy. I say this so as to assure you that your child will learn how the most rude bullies in this story never win...whereby teaching your child that rudeness will not get you anywhere, while cleverness and honor certainly will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 11 yr. old son is a reluctant reader but this book kept him entertained from the first page to the last. He even chose to read the book over watching that is a first for him! He finished the book in under three days and I have him extra reading time in the evening just because of the pure joy on his face while he was reading it! He asked to go to the library the following day to check out her next book, 'How to Train Your Pirate.' YAHOO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter has just started reading it, she is fascinated with the illustrations and story. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most hysterical books I have ever read. I would recomend this book for other 9 year olds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a real book about a kid who goes and has to get a dgagon and tain it and it is action packed
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very fun to read,it may be very short book but a really GOOD read.