How to Train Your Dragon
Suffering scallops, it’s not easy training to be a Viking! Young Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has everything to prove and everything to lose as he attempts to claim his place as future Chieftain of Berk – starting with training his very own dragon. Hiccup might be smarter than his age-mates but he’s also smaller, weaker and much more afraid; can he overcome his fears to become a Viking hero? Or is he going to wind up in a dragon’s guts?
Full of bright wit and brutal honesty, this is a brilliant book that launched a huge series. Each page is scrawled over with unruly illustrations, studded with scraps of dragon lore, and punctuated with hilarious commentary from Hiccup and his companions. This is a fantastic adventure that explores failure as much as success, and weighs the cost of being different against the price of fitting in with sneaky maturity and shining humour.
- Nicole Brandon, Scottish Book Trust