Original Title: How to train your dragon
Year Published: 2004
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 214
First Sentence: “There were dragons when I was a boy
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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!
Ok, so I know this is a children’s book. But I’ve wanted to read it since I first saw the animated film (which I know was also intended for children, but just bite me). However, I didn’t actually want to buy it in case it was too childish. Luckily for me, my local library had a copy and I was able to lend it from there. Trust me, it is not too childish. Pretty short and not too complex? Yes, but the overall story was still a fun read and I enjoyed it.
If you have seen the film and loved that, then be advised that the book is actually quite different. Sure, Hiccup and Toothless are there, but they are different from the film. Yes, Hiccup is still sarcastic and a fun narrator, but Toothless is whiny and well… childish. Our beloved dragon is also quite tiny in the book version. Think … cat and you have his approximate size. So, he definitely wasn’t what I expected. But it was quite fitting for the book which made it OK. You should also know that the supportive cast of characters aren’t the same as the film, but these have their own charm.
Plot-wise, the book was fun and entertaining. I did snort with laughter several times which is something I rarely do. Yes, it is a little bit silly at times (children’s book!) but it’s fine and it doesn’t really matter. This is a book that you as an adult could enjoy and if you have kids then it would make an excellent book to read together with them. It is probably also a great book series for your kids to start and then grow older with.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.