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How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon Series #3)
     

How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon Series #3)

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by Cressida Cowell
 

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The rollicking sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" and "How to Be a Pirate" offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, and imaginative black-and-white illustrations to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.

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The rollicking sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" and "How to Be a Pirate" offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, and imaginative black-and-white illustrations to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and 11-year-old Nina went to stay with their eccentric great-aunts in Maine after their mother was killed in The Golden Hour (which PW called "an entertaining novel"). The Hour of the Cobra by Maiya Williams, finds the two headed to Egypt to save some ancient scrolls and they accidentally change the course of events in their own time. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The misfit hero of How to Be a Pirate (Little, Brown, 2005) returns in another Viking tall tale. Chief's son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon, Toothless, get separated from their class during "Boarding-An-Enemy-Ship" practice. The peaceful fishing boat they are supposed to attack turns out to be a prowling Roman galley, crewed by some of the Empire's least-distinguished legions. The invaders are plotting to provoke war among the Viking factions by kidnapping the heirs of Hiccup's own Happy Hooligans and the Amazonian Bog-Burglar tribe. Then, while the locals are occupied, the Romans plan to make off with the entire dragon population of the islands. With the help of Bog-Burglar girl warrior Camicazi and the bumblebee-sized dragon Ziggerastica, the boys must find a way to counter the treacherous plan before they all end up facing combat to the death in the local arena. There is a lot of raucous humor and mock-heroic dialogue; ridiculous names add to the fun. The theme of brains over brawn is well defined. Warriors, Roman and Viking alike, are loud-mouthed, bullying braggarts, easy targets for clever, scrawny Hiccup. The sketchy, childlike black-and-white cartoon drawings are amusing but occasionally indistinct. Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" books (Viking), for slightly younger readers, have a sharper, more literate sense of twisted history, but the broad humor of Hiccup's misadventures will appeal to reluctant readers.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for How to Train Your Dragon:


IRA and CBC Children's Choices List 2005

"Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages—and chuckling as they go."—Publishers Weekly"

A narrative rich in dragon muck... genuinely fierce [and] intelligent."—Kirkus"

...This is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup's exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read."—School Library Journal"

This hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340893043
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
11/17/2005
Series:
How to Train Your Dragon Series
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Cressida Cowell's first two books about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III were published by Little, Brown.

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How to Speak Dragonese 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is back. As the Viking hero continues his memoirs, translated from the Old Norse by Cressida Cowell, the 12-year-old son and heir of Stoick the Vast is engaging in a lesson on boarding an enemy vessel. Leave it to Hiccup, his demanding little dragon Toothless, his friend and fellow unlikely hero Fishlegs, and sleepy dragon Horrorcow to become separated from the group. Instead of boarding a peaceful fishing boat, the boys and their dragons find the ship they've landed on is a Roman one. As Hiccup hides, he overhears the prefect (really Alvin the Treacherous in a dastardly new role) and the grossly overweight consul planning to capture all the dragons on Berk and take them to Rome. While listening to the plot, our hero manages to save a tiny nanodragon from becoming part of the consul’s meal. As he sneaks away, Hiccup opens a dragon-filled cage, and the angry beasts attack and set fire to the ship. The boys and Horrorcow escape, but Toothless is not so fortunate: he is captured by the Romans. After the threesome finally arrives home on Berk, Hiccup faces Stoick, who is (again) disappointed in his son’s lack of ability. However, things are about to get worse. Romans disguised as members of the Bog-Burglers, a female Viking clan, capture Hiccup and Fishlegs. The boys’ destination is the frightening Fort Sinister, where the prefect awaits. Rather than killing the boys outright, their nemesis decides to have them engage in combat in the arena. Confined in a tower, they meet Camicazi, a small, tough girl who happens to be the Bog-Burglar heir, and whose sword-fighting abilities equal Hiccup’s. Will the three youngsters — and a dragon no bigger than an insect - be able to survive the arena? This third book in Cressida Cowell’s series is full of over-the-top wackiness, adventure, heroism, and enough plot twists to satisfy fans of the first two “memoirs.” David Tennant’s imaginative, lively narration in the audio book format is a perfect match for the story line. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the victory of brains over brawn. As the elder Hiccup counsels, one must battle with “the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loves the books in the Hiccup series. He needs to read at least 20 minutes a day for his school homework, but when it comes to reading these books, I have to 'make' him stop reading so he has time to finish the rest of his homework. I have also read the Hiccup books and I find them all not only funny but a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 because its hilarious and very fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read. I think anyone who needs a good laugh should read this book. The author has great talent, amazing descriptive skill and a sense of humor. It was an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book! everyone should read it. learning gragonese from this book is easy
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of hiccups most herioc adventure yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i would say that this book is a book that never gets olf:)
PetiteDiva More than 1 year ago
I'm 28 and I've been reading them like an addict, they only last a day or two. It's a cute experience to read children's books. I do recomend it.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall: 5  Narration: 5  Story: 4 Such a fun series of stories, as again our intrepid hero Hiccup, his best friend Fishlegs, his small and spoiled hunting dragon Toothless and the rest of the Hairy Hooligans make this series a light, fun and entertaining one.  When Hiccup isn’t spending his day studying his favorite things (dragons, dragonese and all things related to the two) or catering to one very spoiled and loquacious dragon, he is often trying his best to avoid his own death or maiming in the latest training exercise.    The young pirating trainees are set to perform their first raid, and true to form the overeager Hooligans haven’t necessarily thought things through – and they end up confused and raiding the wrong ship.  From here, the pacing is fast and action packed.  Adults that are familiar with Monty Python and the Life of Brian movie will find a similar bent in humor and situations, although most certainly the language and humor is really aimed at children.  There are plenty of laugh out loud moments as Big-Boobied Bertha’s tale of killing an elk with her outstanding features, the interactions between Hiccup and Toothless that are reminiscent of someone trying to use logic with a tantruming two year old or a cat. Cowell also brings us a new character to enjoy in Camicazi: daughter of Big Boobied Bertha and a fearsome little warrior with a soft spot for everything Hiccup.  Again, Cowell manages to add moments that are truly touching, that show Hiccup’s heart and determination to stay the course of what is right despite the odds against him.  A few lines in the book bring us an interaction with Toothless that show growth and affection in that relationship as well, perhaps the one real moment of forward character development in this book aside from Stoik’s actually starting to realize that Hiccup’s ideas and  ways may not be the worst he’s heard.  There is no doubt that he loves his son, but he’s a rough tough Viking who loves to eat, shout and fight: soft gentle words are often out of his reach.  Narration is again provided by David Tennant, and the addition of new characters and his easy transitions from Toothless’ slightly stuttering, lisping whine to the lilting sing-song Welsh-flavored voice of Camicazi, to Hiccups decided brogue and the other characters make this a treat for the ears.  For those who are following the series by audio will recognize many of the characters voices before their introduction, the care to create continuity as the character list expands is impressive and very much appreciated.  Cowell adds an epilogue from the “modern day” Hiccup, as he looks back on his life: this is, after all, his autobiography and the perspective is both touching and a bit of a summary as he reminds us of the important bits.  Hiccup is the anti-hero in this day of Hulks and Spidey, the quiet and thoughtful hero that uses knowledge, clever thinking, luck, dreams and the honest goodness of his heart to prevail.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.