Monday, August 24, 2015

Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell Review
As you probably know, I absolutely loved the How To Train Your Dragon movies, and I hadn't read the books. So out of curiosity I decided to try them out and I did not know what I was missing. Both the the books and the movies go in extremely different direction, but they are equally delightful and amusing.

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 1st 2003) 
Pages: 240
Source: Audiobook from the Library 

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer"...but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans.
Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!

Rating

★★★★★

Favorite  Quote

“I was not a natural. . . . This is the story of becoming a hero . . . the Hard Way.” 

I was hesitant to start this book, because I was worried it would ruin the movies for me or something like that, but I was hooked from the very first word. The story was engaging and David Tennant did an amazing job as well, my only complaint with the audiobook was that Toothless's voice is a little grating, but I believe that is the intended the effect.

Sadly enough this book got a lot of bad reviews on Goodreads simply because it didn't match the movie and that angered me, I understand you weren't happy but the party at fault there is really Dreamworks. Now I'm not saying the film should have been an exact carbon copy of the book because I loved the deviant universes, am I the only one? It was a lot of fun to see what the movie took and changed (which was a lot!)

Thought of course Toothless took a little to get used to, I soon grew to love him just as much as his movie counterpart. While the tiny green green who is actually toothless and the black nightfury with retractable teeth are very different characters they are both lovable in there own very different way.

It took me about a day to finish the book and that was about three hours of audio, How To Train Your Dragon is one of those books you pick up and don't put down till you are out of pages or audio in my case. I picked this book out for a road trip and was unable to get an ebook or paper book format, which quite saddened me. I have heard that the art adds a lot to the reading experience, but was unable to get my hands on it.

I liked how for children this tale is told in a believable fashion, I positively loved the fact that this story explores the disappearance of dragons! It's just such a brilliant idea, while I will be sad to see the dragons go if they do indeed disappear I think a book series explaining why dragon's are no longer in the human world will be fun to read and explore, and I look forward to starting How To Be A Pirate. All hail Hiccup the Useful and his dragon Toothful.