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Review: How To Be A Pirate, Cressida Cowell

Title: How To Be A Pirate (Goodreads)

Author:   Cressida Cowell

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Series: How To Train Your Dragon Book 2 of 9

Genre: Childrens Fantasy

Published: Little, Brown and Co, 2004

Pages: 211

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Paper copies: Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Book Depository

Not available as an e-book.

Hiccup is a Viking and a member of the Hooligan tribe. When Hiccup and his fellow classmates and their pet dragons are taking part in Pirate Training, a huge storm wrecks their ship and washes them, and a strange coffin onto the shore. Could this coffin hold the treasure of the legendary Grimbeard the Ghastly, the greatest pirate who ever struck Terror into the Inner Isles?

Review

You may have seen the movie version of the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon. I borrowed this second book in the series, thinking it would continue the story on from the end of the movie.  In fact, the movie version was changed quite a bit from the original story. The vikings don’t ride the dragons as they are way too small. Hiccup speaks to Toothless (who really doesn’t have any teeth) in Dragonese. The characters names are there but the characters themselves seem quite different.

That aside, How to Be a Pirate is a very cute story. Almost every page has a little sketch illustration from the author that littlies are sure to love. While the movie version of How To Train Your Dragon was a more grown-up story of adults trying to protect their homes and families, the adult vikings in the books are much more silly and cartoonish, with plenty of fart jokes in there with the adventure.

I must hunt down the other books in the series (this copy came from the library) – I have a little boy who I am sure is going to love these in a few years time.

Read this book to your little ‘uns? Yes, they will love it!

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Year of the Dragon Reading

It seems that 2012 is an auspicious time to be starting a blog about fantasy books – not only is it the Australian National Year of Reading, but it is also the lunar year of the Dragon!

National Year of Reading

2012 is the National Year of Reading in Australia, focusing on teaching children to read and love reading, and also to allow keen readers to find new inspiration. Events are planned all over the country in libraries, bookshops and schools, so if you’re in Australia make sure you check out the Love2Read website at http://www.love2read.org.au to see what’s on near you and how you can get involved.

 

Year of the Dragon

This year is the Lunar year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac. Those born in the year of the Dragon are fierce, ambitious and ready to take risks.

What better way to celebrate the year of the Dragon than by reading a stack of Dragon-related stories? My Year of the Dragon challenge is this: read five books related to Dragons in some way then come back and let me know what you read! Take a button for your site if you wish as well.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Any of the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
    • Even though the first Pern book, Dragonflight, was first published way back in 1969, they remain fantastic stories. The world and characters will stay with you long after reading them!
  • The Inheritance series, Christopher Paolini (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
    • Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance – Eragon and Saphira’s story is an epic one, and I’ve only read the first two so far. Definitely on my list.
  • How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
    • There are seven books for young readers about Hiccup and the dragons of Berk. The dragons of the books are quite different from those in the movie – they’re worth a read to get the real story, even if I do like the movie-version Toothless better.
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
    • The classic tale of thirteen Dwarves and one Hobbit’s epic adventure to relieve a dragon of his treasure is timeless and should be re-read on a regular basis. Read it to your little ones before the movie is released in December.

 

Do you have any other recommendations of Dragon books to read?

 

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