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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    My daughter loves these books!

    My daughter loves dragons and read this whole series of books very quickly. She and her friend act out scenes from the books and write their own stories about the characters. We really enjoyed going to the movie, "How to Train Your Dragon" together recently. I really like the message of cooperation and understanding among different people/dragons. It really resonates now with world events and a climate of distrust. I want my daughter to think about other cultures with an open mind and empathy. The books also help kids that are not the most popular or tough to see there are all different kinds of people and all are valuable and have something to offer. I would highly recommend these books for girls or boys ages 8 to 12.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

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    Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Viking hero Hicc

    Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite

    Viking hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III continues his memoirs in the sixth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series as told by Cressida Cowell.  The young warrior-in-training is observing his 12th birthday. His hopes that the occasion will be a peaceful one are not to be realized. It all begins when he tries to convince his dragon, Toothless, to eat his spinach and driftwood. Not only are vegetables important, but wood is essential for a dragon’s ability to breathe fire. As Hiccup leaves for a burglary competition, he tells Toothless he must eat everything by the time he returns. However, when he arrives home, Hiccup discovers spinach scattered over the throne room where he left Toothless. The driftwood is still on the plate, but the small dragon has eaten wood, all right: ¾ of his father Stoick’s throne has been consumed. When the chief returns, angry because Bertha, the chief of the Bog-Burglars, had teased him about his tribe’s lack of burglarizing abilities, the sight of his ruined throne infuriates him even more. And when he discovers that Hiccup had been writing a book, Stoick’s wrath reaches a whole new level. There is only one book worth reading: How to Train Your Dragon by Professor Yorbish. This gives Stoick an idea: get a copy from the Great Grim Meathead Public Library. But he can’t simply walk in and borrow it, for the library is guarded not only by the Hairy Scary Librarian but 400 Meathead warriors and their deadly driller dragons. But taking the book would prove to Bertha that Hairy Hooligans are good burglars, after all. How will Hiccup help solve this conundrum?

    Cressida Cowell has written yet another fast-paced thriller which will delight Hiccup’s fans. Readers will once again enjoy meeting the young hero and his friends and following their adventures. David Tennant’s lively narration is nothing short of delightful. Youngsters are sure to snap up the remaining two volumes in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Ironically, Got My Son to Use the Library

    We were in a new town, and I was trying to get my kids excited about the local public library. My 9YO, who LOVES Hiccup books, was dragging his feet, when his little brother spotted the spine of this book on the shelves and said, "Hey, isn't that one of those cool books???" 45 minutes later my son was begging me to get proof of residence and speed back to the library so we could get our library cards and check out this book so he could finish it and re-read it at home :).

    Pretty funny, since in this volume, our Hero, Hiccup, is tasked with spending his birthday stealing a book from the Meathead Public Library (we checked our copy out properly, didn't steal it :D ). The Hairy Scary Librarian actually reminds me of one of the librarians I encountered as a kid, come to think of it! Author Cowell has a gift for presenting the world as kids seem to see it in a very non-condescending manner that is real to kids and smile-inducing to adults.

    As always, the book was entertaining enough to keep my son engrossed in it until he was finished (twice) and my husband and I each read it as well, just because the books are so cute, and we want to know what he's talking about all the time. I often buy these books in twos; one for my son, and one to donate to his school, and it's actually a pleasure that he has a new school now so we can share them with a whole new crop of kids!

    School has just begun, and as a surprise I just ordered book#7 for my son. Can't wait for it to get here-- love watching him actually smile and laugh as he reads!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    This was my favorite book of the series!

    I like this book a lot because it is funny and exciting! It is scary in some parts like when the Hairy Scarey Librarian almost kills Hiccup and Camacazi while trying to help Toothless (Hiccup's dragon).
    I especially thought the dragon species book and the dragon dictionary in the back of the book were really cool! There is also a dragonese conversation guide that is fun to use with my friends!
    If you like dragons and vikings you should read this book!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    A Book the Boys Fight to Read First

    I was having a difficult time getting my son interested in reading and this book series is now in great demand in my house. All my kids elementary to High School love reading these books.

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