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How to Train Your Dragon series

by Cressida Cowell


Book Summary

Book 1: How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of the Viking chief, is sent to capture a dragon with a horde of other Vikings his age.  Each boy must train his dragon to follow simple commands by the Thor'sday Thursday festival, or be banished from the tribe.  Hiccup is not a natural yeller, leader, or hooligan, which are all characteristics prized in his community.  He finds a new way to try to train his dragon, but will it earn him the respect of his father and his tribe?

Book 2: How to Be a Pirate
Book 3: How to Speak Dragonese
Book 4: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
Book 5: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
Book 6: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
Book 7: How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
Book 8: How to Break a Dragon's Heart
Book 9: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
Book 10: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel
and more

How to Train Your Dragon book cover
How to Train Your Dragon

Book Review

Cleverly written and infinitely more funny and enjoyable than the movie, this book does not disappoint.  While the movie was a predictable action/adventure story, the book's characters and events are quite different, with more depth and surprises. It's like Captain Underpants's more sophisticated, and enviably cooler older brother, if he had more heart and brain to back up his  witticisms. Even if you dislike low-brow humor involving drooling, belching, and Viking insults, you will find more than enough to make you laugh and cheer about as you read this book.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Identity
  • Honor & Loyalty
  • Courage
  • Good and Evil
  • Responsibility to do the right thing
  • Finding your own path

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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