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How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon Series #4)

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Hiccup Horrendou

    Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite

    Hiccup Horrendous III, only son and heir of Stoick the Vast, chief of the Hairy Hooligans, is back. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse continues the memoirs of the hero as translated by Cressida Cowell. As the tale opens, the young Viking and his fellow students find themselves on a dragon-pulled sleigh. Today’s lesson is hunting with bow and arrows on skis, and Hiccup is leading the operation. Their destination is the island of the Hysterics, a vicious Viking tribe led by Norbert the Nutjob. 

    As so often happens with the boys’ training, things don’t go as planned, and Hiccup ends up shooting the Hysteric chief in the backside. The boys narrowly escape, but Hiccup has another worry. His best friend Fishlegs appears to be ill. After they return, a concerned Hiccup takes his friend to ask the advice of the wise Old Wrinkly. It turns out that Fishlegs was stung by a dragon known as a Venomous Vorpent. The only antidote is a potato, a vegetable that does not yet exist in Viking lands. However, Old Wrinkly informs Hiccup that there is one: on the island of the Hysterics. 

    Determined to get the potato and cure his friend, the Viking-in-training is joined by Camicazi, a girl as brave and skilled at warfare as she is small. Together, the youngsters, with the help of a dragon named One-Eye, make their way to the Hysterics’ island. Hiccup and Camicazi discover the location of the coveted Vegetable-That-Must-Not-Be-Named (Harry Potter fans will love the inference): the Hysteric Great Hall, where a huge feast is taking place. Hiccup, Camicazi, and reluctant little dragon Toothless snatch the potato from under the noses of the Hysterics and make a harrowing escape from the island. Now they must rush back to Berk in time to save Fishlegs.

    The fourth volume in Cressida Cowell’s riotously funny series lives up to the reputation of its predecessors. The spot-on narration by David Tennant adds to the fun. Full of kid-pleasing humor, nonstop action, and unexpected twists, Hiccup’s new adventure will have readers enthralled. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake. As soon as kids finish this one, they’re sure to be clamoring for the next installment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    We were very disappointed that when this book arrived (also book

    We were very disappointed that when this book arrived (also books 5 and 6) the cover image was not the one in the picture.
    The entire cover was different from the other dragon books that my son already owns.
    At the time I am writing this review, the cover shown for this book on the web site is blue and has the image of the helmet
    and book number on the front. The alternate cover has neither of those and has a different picture and color scheme.
    It simply doesn't look like it is part of the set we were collecting.
    We returned the book and are trying to find a store where we can buy the matching books but we are not sure they exist in hardcover.
    It looks like we may have to start over and buy the complete set to get matching books.

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