Inspired ― The Times Published On: 2008-10-18
‘This fast paced adventure is packed with hilariously named characters and mythical monsters that will grab any young boys attention.’ ― Books for Keeps
A hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes ― The Times Published On: 2007-10-27
‘genius’ ― The Times
‘… full of charm … imaginative and bursting with inventive, off-the-wall humour, making them great stories to be read aloud.’ ― Waterstones Books Quarterly
‘another triumph from the creative pen of Cressida Cowell.’ ― Writeaway.org
‘… inspired series … its enchantment lies primarily in the comical, affectionate and often irritable relationship between Hiccup (the only nerd in the violent Viking Hooligan tribe) and his runty little dragon Toothless.’ ― Amanda Craig, The Times
‘Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.’ ― Amanda Craig, The Times
Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing ― Amanda Craig, The Times
CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour … full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. ― Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper… It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. ― Sunday Herald, Glasgow
… raucous and slapstick … liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell’s] riotous drawings, notes and maps. ― The Financial Times
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. ― Books for Keeps
‘a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.’ ― Amanda Craig, Times
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. ― Independent on Sunday
‘Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal Cowells anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.’ ― The Herald
‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature.’ ― Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children’s editor
Scary, crazy… and very funny. ― First News Published On: 2013-12-20
About the Author
Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019-2022). She is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon books series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton.
The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 38 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is a major DreamWorks Animation film franchise, as well as being made into a TV series on Netflix and CBBC.
Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children’s Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children’s Book Prize.
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