Monday, December 5, 2011
Age Group: Middle Grade
Published: February 1, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
Format: Paperback, 214 pgs.
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer" ... but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior 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? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and becomes a hero!
Mini-Review: Cressida Cowell delivers; How to Train Your Dragon is a cute, fun book that will have people of all ages laughing and cheering for Hiccup as he tries to become a Viking hero.
(NOTE: First and foremost, this book is completely different than the absolutely adorable movie that was based on it; of course, they're both fantastic. Second, I am going to attempt to post my MG reviews on Mondays in support of MMGM regardless of what I thought of the book, as the whole point is to promote Middle Grade books. This shall my first official contribution.)
Hiccup is hilarious. He really just wants to live his life in peace, but he's the son of a Viking Chief, and that makes life difficult enough as it is. Throw catching and training a tiny, stubborn dragon and the threat of exile on top of that and you've got Hiccup's worst nightmare, which is, of course, his current situation.
Of course, Hiccup is also the only one capable of speaking Dragonese, so when huge seas dragons land on the Viking island, it's up to Hiccup to save the day. And I cannot tell you how cute, adorable, funny, hilarious, and downright wonderful Hiccup's adventures are to read. I'm going to have to track down the rest of the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III books, and if my little cousins are lucky I might even share.
Also, the artwork and the dragon stat pages are a riot. I giggled. A lot.
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