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HOW TO TWIST A DRAGON'S TALE (How to Train Your Dragon series)

Author: Cressida Cowell

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is the memoir of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the greatest Viking that ever lived. As a boy, he and the other children of Berk took part in the Pirate Training Program. While on a herding exercise, the Exterminators (big, evil, fiery dragons) set fire to the mountains. All but three children escape: Goliath, Hiccup, and Gobber, their teacher. A man in a fireproof suit saves them. He introduces himself as Humungously Hotshot, one of the greatest heroes on the planet. Hiccup's father Stoick appoints Humungous as Hiccup’s bodyguard.

Hotshot agrees to be Hiccup's bodyguard, but then puts Hiccup in danger, only to save him later. Turns out, Hotshot is conflicted: he fell in love with a Viking woman but failed in his quest to earn her hand in marriage. When he finally accomplished the quest, the woman was married ... and now the challenger wants Hotshot to kill Hiccup. What will Hotshot do? Is Hiccup safe? This is a middle grade novel that is part of the How to Train Your Dragon series.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 6.9

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Cressida Cowell's stories about Hiccup and his adventures are always extremely entertaining. There is a lot of humor involved, and the action progresses really quickly. The best aspect of this book though is that, even though it seems to be a children’s book, it’s actually quite a satisfying read for any reader of any age and any gender. Hiccup is a character people can relate to: an average boy who finds out that he is actually capable of doing wonders.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Lots of action and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments make this a fun, quick read for readers and listeners.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Personally I suggest this book for anyone and everyone who just wants a quick, fun read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Speak Dragonese WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON   THE LAST DRAGON (Dragon Speaker Series)   THE DRAGON TREE (THE HALL FAMILY CHRONICLES)

Educational Themes: This is a series meant to be read for fun. That said, there are lessons in honesty, integrity, friendship, family, and self esteem.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, middle grade series, dragons

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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