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

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Reluctant hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and impossible to find... a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge the terrible Sharkworms Battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero. Again.

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Reluctant hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and impossible to find... a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge the terrible Sharkworms Battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero. Again.

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Gr 3-5 - Cowell is getting a great deal of mileage from her pseudomemoirs of the delightfully alliterative Viking. She retains her touch in this latest volume, which relates Hiccup's quest to find the Vegetable-That-No-One-Dares-Name, namely a potato that is the only thing that can prevent his friend Fishlegs from dying of Vorpentitis. The potato, you see, is an imaginary vegetable that comes from a place that doesn't really exist: America. When Hiccup realizes that he has only until 10 o'clock the next morning to find the mythical vegetable, it is a race against time and against the wishes of his father. It also requires traveling with the charming bog-burglar Camicazi, breaking into the headquarters of Norbert the Nutjob and his Hysteric tribe, and stealing the frozen potato while they sleep, all the while trying to avoid a fearsome sea predator. The result is an irresistible concoction. As with all the "Hiccup" books, this one is full of amusing illustrations, clever design that includes inkblots scattered throughout the pages, and an occasional explanation of hibernating dragons and venomous vorpents. This action-filled and compelling story will draw readers along. It's a must for libraries that have the previous books in this series, which is probably most.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340999103
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Division
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: How to Train Your Dragon Series , #4
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Cressida Cowell is the good friend and confidante of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Viking warrior and hero of The Heroic Misadventures. When she is not visiting with Hiccup to document his latest memoir, she lives in the UK. She is also the author of The Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby? and numerous other picture books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

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    This is one of my favorite books in the series. In the last book

    This is one of my favorite books in the series. In the last book "How To Speak Dragonese", one viking in the group gets poison by the deadly dragon, Vorpentitis. Cressida Cowell let it a mystery of who got the poision. Now in this book, Fishlegs to seemes to have the affects. Now it's up to Hiccup and Camicazi to steal a poatato from Norbert the Nutjob to save their friends life. I really love this book, it's action, adventure, comendy, and mystery all wrap into one. I recmend it for 3- 6th grade. I think it is for mostly boys, but girls can still read it (I'm a girl). Also, you should read the books before you read this book. So, you understand the book and characters.



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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Finally Age-Appropriate Stories for Boys Who Read

    It has always been a challenge to find just the right book for my son to read. He is a high-level reader, but many of the books that are in his reading-range are not approriate, or interesting, for a ten year-old boy. I was so relieved when he stumbled upon the "Dragon" series by Cressida Cowell.

    He has devoured these books on his "own time" and has been reading the series for pleasure, though the books do have associated AR reading tests available. It is the first time I have ever seen him walk home from school while absorbed in a book; he couldn't bear to put it down.

    He enjoys the quirky characters and the laugh-out-loud dialogue. Every time he starts a new book in the series, I race to order the next one because I know it won't be long before he needs to know what happens next.

    "How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse," #4 in the series, follows this rule. My son says that the story picks up cohesively from the other books, and the plot, the group's attempt to steal "the potato" in order to cure Fishleg's supposed dragon-bite induced ailment, is both funny and exciting.

    I like that my son WANTS to read these books. It is also a plus that the potty-humor is minimal. He and his friends are reading these books at the same time, and they are discovering the bond of sharing a story and characters that typically comes with involvement in a book club (but they don't know that). I think it's neat that they compete to see who has the next book first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've read all the other books in this series (they were awesome too!), but this one was the very best! It was very funny and entertaining, and sometimes shocking and weird!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    the funniest book

    hiccup is always in adventure with toothless and fishlegs then fishlegs gets sick and hiccup has to find the forbidon veggitable-the potato

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Very Funny and Entertaining

    I will often read through various children's books to determine if it's something that my son will enjoy reading. My son is 9 years old and enjoys any book that will make him laugh. This was a definite hit on his list. He loved this book as it was not only funny but had a lot of excitement in it as well. I would also recommend the other titles in the Hiccup series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! Anyone who loves dragons and vikings should read the whole sieries like I did, and anyone who read the other three books MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!! I'm telling you all. THIS BOOK IS AWSOME!!! :-) :-) !!!!!

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