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I saw the film a while back and really enjoyed it I bought the book for my daughter Celyn s 9th birthday and read it to her she s registered blind and couldn t watch the movie We finished it last week in hospital She did fall asleep a couple of times but to be fair she was recoving from a general anaesthetic.The book is very different to the film Both share some comical Vikings and a weedy hero named Hiccup Both contain dragons That s about the end of the similarities In the film the I saw the film a while back and really enjoyed it I bought the book for my daughter Celyn s 9th birthday and read it to her she s registered blind and couldn t watch the movie We finished it last week in hospital She did fall asleep a couple of times but to be fair she was recoving from a general anaesthetic.The book is very different to the film Both share some comical Vikings and a weedy hero named Hiccup Both contain dragons That s about the end of the similarities In the film the young Vikings are trained in a mixed class to battle dragons In the book the young Vikings boys only own and train dragons.Actually I lie Hiccup is very similar in character An outsider at odds with his societal norms A thinker in a world that s all about fighting Also as in the film there is a hostile uber dragon two in fact that is truly gargantuan The book is good fun but a touch too silly for there to be any real emotional connection with the characters always a minus for me It has some clever bits, some funny bits, and Celyn and me certainly didn t waste our time reading it A solid 3 for fun I would rate the filmhighly, and that s a rarity for me Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes How do I rate this book I rate it Started reading it to my six year old but when he was too tired to continue I kept reading to myself and didn t put it down until I reached the last page. 2010 Finally, finally I found it Boy, where do I start Okay, to make things clear I did see the movie first it was one of Dreamworks best ever but that didn t necessarily mean I had expectations for this book based on that I did check up on it before reading it, so I was fully prepared with the knowledge that it was completely different from the movie when I started Still, no matter how much I loved the movie, I loved this book too The characters are likable as story book characters, 2010 Finally, finally I found it Boy, where do I start Okay, to make things clear I did see the movie first it was one of Dreamworks best ever but that didn t necessarily mean I had expectations for this book based on that I did check up on it before reading it, so I was fully prepared with the knowledge that it was completely different from the movie when I started Still, no matter how much I loved the movie, I loved this book too The characters are likable as story book characters, anyway I doubt anyone would want to meet a real Gobber the Belch in person and the idea and plot are original and entertaining I think this version earns the title of How to Train Your Dragon alotthan the movie Hiccup, who already isn t real Viking material, is set up to train an impossibly small yet needy, whiney, vain, ungrateful, disobediant, proud, cheeky, self centered brat of a dragon Toothless don t let all those adjectives set you off, he s still cute , which he quickly understands could take alotthan just the simple advise of Yell At It to accomplish It doesn t matter that he can speak Dragonese luck just isn t on his side He ll have to train dragons his own way.The morals of this story are well delivered You can tell how Hiccup s methods pay off when, having treated Toothless with kindness and generosity such that no other Viking has, Toothless finally feels grateful enough to help him defeat the Green Death This book is mainly aimed at nine and up year old boys, but I bought it for me, and I ended up reading it to my little sister, who enjoyed listening to it and surprisingly was able to overlook the fact that it was nothing at all like the movie she loved Toothless was still her favorite character and Hiccup mine 2013 I feel like I should update this review, given the amount of likes it s getting, and plus because the above review looks pretty mediocre to me now Also, since then, I ve read and reread the rest of the Hiccup books as well Actually, this will belike a list of reasons why you should read these books rather than an actual review of this one.So, to get right to it Reasons to read the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell 1 Our little Hero in Training, the smallish boy with the longish name of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, is in my opinion one of the sweetest protagonists in literature, alongside Bilbo Baggins, playing the excellent role of reluctant hero He reminds me a little bit of Jim Hawkins from Treasure Island, although less inclined to thoughts of glory He s a selfless, modest, polite, and extremely kind little kid just trying to stumble along in doing what s right And although his overall personality doesn t go through any drastic change as the books progress, it s enjoyable to see his little moments of triumph, when he realizes there is still one last thing he can do There is some character development in the last few books, when the story starts to get darker and Hiccup grows older, but in the end I like him the way he is This is the kind of character who makes you smile when he s happy, cry when he cries, get mad when he gets mad, and cheer silently in your head when he stands up after falling Although the books wouldn t be nearly as enjoyable or funny without his friends, who provide most of the comic relief although Hiccup himself does make quite a few smart sarcastic comments , Hiccup is the real soul of the series.2 The fantasy world Hiccup and his friends inhabit is filled with places as fantastic and incredible as they are treacherous And they re filled with lots, and lots, and lots of dragons, of every shape and size, from the tiny Nanodragons, some of which glow like worms, to the Monstrous Seadragons the size of mountains, that can be found in the depths of the ocean or in dark underground tunnels and caves The dragons in these books are unlike any other dragons I ve read or watched Oh sure, you ll find the occasional ultimately smarter, nobler, high and mightier than thou dragon of the old fairy tales that conversation with the Green Death was reminiscent of Bilbo s little chat with Smaug , and there are quite a lot of blood thirsty no mercy killing machine dragons equipped with weapons even worse than fire breath but the best of the dragons in these books are as distinctive as the human characters they share their world with the ones that argue, pick a fight, pick on others, pick their noses, smirk, laugh, snort, show off, show up, groan, complain, play tricks, play with their masters, play with each other, and give the occasional helping hand or claw in a crisis the humans can t seem to solve on their own In fact, you could describe these dragons like misbehaved little puppies The relationship Hiccup has with his own dragon Toothless is one ofthan just Master and Beast it s one of a boy and his pesky younger brother, or a Model A student and his trouble maker friend Mostly it s that of two companions who ve been through a lot together and who stick together through thick and thin not precisely out of loyalty or friendship, but because they wouldn t have it any other way.3 The story itself is just plain fun to read through The books start out as seeming completely disconnected, of The Whacky Adventures of So and So variety Amazing World of Gumball Misadventures of FlapjackWell, some Cartoon Network show You might even roll your eyes at the juvenile humor clearly aimed at the nine and under year olds these books were originally written for In the last few books, however, everything gets sewn neatly together in ways that ll leave you gobsmacked, and then things start getting a bitserious and it s for this reason that, although they may say it s safe to do so, it s best not to read the books out of order, or at least not the last four But yes, for the most part, How to Train Your Dragon is just great for laugh out loud until you cry moments Even the villains, though mad and dangerous when angry, provide much of the humor The dragons too, as I ve said, are hugely entertaining besides Toothless, there s One Eye the Sabre Toothed Driver Dragon who hates humans, or Ziggerastica the self proclaimed god Now that I think of it, in regards to the humor part of the series, I d liken it most to the anime One Piece it may seem childish in some parts and the characters don t feel like they re taking anything seriously, but when things get nasty they can pull their own, and you find yourself saving your laughs for later.I can think of plentyreasons if I sit here long enough, but the three I ve given provide a nice long essay in themselves, so I m sure they ll suffice All that s left to say is that I give this series a strong recommendation I m not saying everyone who reads it will like it the same way, I suppose, that not everyone who watches One Piece for the first time will instantly fall in love with it, although I certainly did , but I think all that matters is your ability to love adventure, to love the characters, and to tap into your inner hero And if not a hero, there s always at least someone who appreciates heroism somewhere inside you, which is probably why you read books about them in the first place 2014 Hehe, me again Well of course So the second movie is out I have to say, although it was amazing, I m pretty sure I prefer the first movie better The first film s poignant moments were treated withsubtlety, and it came off as an overall very charming film without really trying too hard It s like the directors were so scared of tarnishing its reputation that they decided to take everything that was good about the first film and crank it up to overblown levels of epicness , without really paying it the amount of attention it deserved so that all these conflicting elements comedy, drama, action, cutsey ness flowed easily from scene to scene.AnywaysI came up with a fourth reason, haha You have to readof this overlong review of a book series that s still probably only being bought because people loved the movie so much that s me being a hypocrite, la di da da So, reason number4 Despite it being a children s book series, these books don t talk down to kids And when I say that I don t only mean that the narrative is surprisingly very adult, using normal literary vocabulary rather than over simplified written like you say it kid speak say, like, I don t know, The Lightning Thief Some of the situations Hiccup gets himself in are truly intense It s one of the reasons why, though I do love the films, I would love for a one hundred percent faithful cartoon animated series to be adapted from these books I want to see these scenes Watching Httyd 2 in cinema I got the feeling that the directors were trying to make Hiccup look a littlebadass that awesome fire sword though I m not gonna say that book version Hiccup is much of a badass himself in the end he ll always be the nicey nice guy but because he s so unexceptional and pathetic looking other characters get that muchshocked and afraid when he does manage to put one over on them He doesn t always manage to keep his cool, and wins don t come easy he panics, and gets scared, and very often has to fight for his life, but that s what makes the danger seemreal, and Hiccuplike a hero especially considering that he s still a kid Aside from the aforementioned sketch with the Green Death, my most favorite scene of the series, I would really love to see Hiccup looking for the witch in the dark of the tree prison, or riding away on the back of the Windwalker with a murderous hundreds strong dragon hoard on the chase, or scrambling up the mast of a sinking ship trying to get away from an axe wielding madman in the midst of a storm, fully animated Not like a regular kids cartoon but somethingalong the lines of Avatar The Last Airbender On page a lot of these situations may sound ridiculous, but if you really allow yourself to picture it that way it s nothing short of astounding.Plus Hiccup is an expert sword fighter in this version December 2015The final book has been released and I ve read it and loved it, and a link to my review is right here As we all know, movies often aren t much like the books they re based on, and that s incredibly true here Now, the setting s the same Vikings, dragons, characters and all that However, there are a couple of major differences, based even on what I remember from the movie I saw once about three years ago When you think of How to Train Your Dragon, I bet your first thought is something along these lines Certainly, I did Awkward boy befriends adorable dragon Cuteness abounds Everyone learns t As we all know, movies often aren t much like the books they re based on, and that s incredibly true here Now, the setting s the same Vikings, dragons, characters and all that However, there are a couple of major differences, based even on what I remember from the movie I saw once about three years ago When you think of How to Train Your Dragon, I bet your first thought is something along these lines Certainly, I did Awkward boy befriends adorable dragon Cuteness abounds Everyone learns things Not really how it goes down, though The actual story is definitely tailored to a little boy audience, with gross jokes, battles and such Also, Toothless is creepy as all get out And green.No, seriously Toothless is not remotely adorable He s crude and gross, and purposely poops all over Hiccup s house Also, he hates Hiccup for most of it, and Hiccup hates him, mostly because the Vikings actually use dragons as slaves after they DRAGONNAP them from their caves when they re babies That s one of the tests to become a full member of the tribe As is training the dragon to do what you say by yelling at it Oh, AND Toothless is way smaller than in the movie Hiccup can carry him around If anything, Toothless reminded me of Gollum Yeah.Basically, I kept expecting the story to end with a realization that dragons need to be treatedequally, considering that they re smart and have their own language and everything, but that didn t really happen Like, at the end, I think they respect dragons a little , but still plan to make the dragons do what they say I just didn t really feel that much sympathy with the Vikings when the HUGE dragon arrives with plans to eat them, yanno Also, just fyi, there was not a single female character in this story that I noticed Not a one Apparently the Vikings figured out a way to procreate with only men, or with dragons Of course, I don t think that s true Women are just so unimportant they re wholly unworthy of mention Thanks, movie, for adding in a wholly not historically accurate female character who was in the same class as the boys I mean, there are dragons, so are we really that big on historical accuracy Much as I didn t like the story, because it s just totally not for me, there is one reason I rated this three stars and did like listening to it WORTH IT Oh, David Tennant I love him as Doctor Who, of course, but now I got to hear him go full on Scottish, and I loved it He s a delightful narrator, just as you would expect He even did a voice that was rather reminiscent of Jeremy Irons for the giant, man eating dragon I just sort of tried to pay as little attention as possible to the story and to soak in the accents.I wish I could say that I liked this enough overall to want to continue with the rest of the audiobooks he narrated which is six or seven of the series , but I don t As much as I love David Tennant, I would have to buy each one from Audible, and that s just too much money for books I don t like If my library had them, well, that would be another story.So, there you have it Unless you re a huge David Tennant fan why wouldn t you be or totally okay with the absence of women and treatment of the dragons, you ll probably want to skip this one However, that s sad Let s look at David Tennant onetime, huh 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 become a hero What a fun little series I read this book in a sitting and I enjoy it It s very much a fantasy Roald Dahl type writing I ve never seen the movies so I enjoyed the fresh perspective. I love these movies They are wonderful I expected the book to be somewhat similar and they really aren t I think the movie captured the spirit of the books and how kooky and zany they are, but the story is totally different with some new characters Hiccup is mostly the same but most others are different The biggest difference is that Toothless is a totally different dragon They are nothing alike really I like the toothless of the movies muchI did not like the toothless from the boo I love these movies They are wonderful I expected the book to be somewhat similar and they really aren t I think the movie captured the spirit of the books and how kooky and zany they are, but the story is totally different with some new characters Hiccup is mostly the same but most others are different The biggest difference is that Toothless is a totally different dragon They are nothing alike really I like the toothless of the movies muchI did not like the toothless from the book much at all He was rather annoying and did little to help out.I am so amazed at just how different this story was from the movie I mean, they completely made up their own story In the book, everyone owns their own dragon and initiation is stealing your dragon from the wild dragon caves I did enjoy this story, but in my mind they are 2 different stories that happen to have the same name and some similar characters I think I prefer the movie, but I did enjoy the book too in its own way It s a special book with outlandish viking characters which mostly made it to the screen The giant hell dragon is here, but there are actually 2 of them and it s very different than the movie I do want to readof this series It was fun in it s own way and Cressida Cowell is a fun and fantastic author I enjoy how she tells a story Is the movie better Yes I feel it s muchrounded and has a better story in many ways I love the relationship between Toothless and Hiccup and what an dragon expert Hiccup is It works so much better I read this alongside watching Cressida Cowell s reading of this book on her YouTube channel It was such a wonderful reading that really transported me back to being in primary school and listening to my form teacher reading a story before school started I laughed and couldn t stop smiling throughout Cowell s reading of her wonderful first book.Hiccup is the son of a Viking chief and he truly believes he isn t a hero However, in a world where dragons exist, Hiccup finds himself with the abili I read this alongside watching Cressida Cowell s reading of this book on her YouTube channel It was such a wonderful reading that really transported me back to being in primary school and listening to my form teacher reading a story before school started I laughed and couldn t stop smiling throughout Cowell s reading of her wonderful first book.Hiccup is the son of a Viking chief and he truly believes he isn t a hero However, in a world where dragons exist, Hiccup finds himself with the ability to be able to talk to dragons, befriending a tiny dragon called Toothless, and eventually becoming a hero of his viking village.This is definitely very different to the Dreamworks movie and I knew this going into it I read this as a totally separate story and this helped me to enjoy this loads I just love Cressida Cowell s writing, she s so imaginative and I love all the silly bits in this that got me laughing Her illustrations are also rather wonderful I can t help but love Hiccup and I look forward to seeingof his adventures Edit 2nd reading The book is good, but the audio book just opened the characters up for me It made the bookdynamic and the characters seemfun I wasenthusiastic this time I will be seeking outbooks read by Tennant, whom seems to come up with an endless amount of voices and energy to back them I now have the audio book to go with this one So far I m thinking this will change my rating It adds a lot to it. I wanted to read this book because I HAD A DRAGON SHAPED HOLE IN MY READING LIFE Come on Who hasn t heard of the movie And there s a book I would be a negligant bookworm if I ignored it Just so you know it s nothing like the movie Except some of the names are the same Nope, in the book Hiccup and the boys of his village must capture a dragon and train it in order to be initiated as warriors Hiccup captures a very tiny insignificant looking dragon who has no teeth so he calls it Toothl I wanted to read this book because I HAD A DRAGON SHAPED HOLE IN MY READING LIFE Come on Who hasn t heard of the movie And there s a book I would be a negligant bookworm if I ignored it Just so you know it s nothing like the movie Except some of the names are the same Nope, in the book Hiccup and the boys of his village must capture a dragon and train it in order to be initiated as warriors Hiccup captures a very tiny insignificant looking dragon who has no teeth so he calls it Toothless TOOTHLESS Toothless is cantankerous and coldhearted and utterly rude and Hiccup can t train him To be honest, I love the movie most But the book is fantastic I can totally see readers 8 enjoying the draongish adventures There s snot jokes and everyone s names are ridiculous and Hiccup is just a little self deprecating.I ADORED the illustrations There were scratchy sketches on most pages and I just have to say it made the book I loved the book on training dragons too, with it s helpful instructions which are, in entirety yell at it So useful.I did feel a little too old for it Which isn t usually the case for me and MG books, but for this one I read very very fast and I enjoyed myself entirely, but I couldn t help wishing I d had it to read when I was 10 STILL The dragon shaped hole in my life is appeased and I m glad Toothless was still awesome if not big and black There was no dragon riding And I did love Hiccup and how he looked out for Fishlegs even though it cost him and he really did it without thinking Like most MG books, it addresses bullying It smacks bullies in the nose Literally sometimes Toothless was, entirely, toothless Just so you know But he nearly got his named changed to Toothful I wonder if that will happen later An entirely cute and worthwhile read TOOTHLESS AND HICCUP WERE ADORABLE