Cowell, C. (2003). How to train your dradon: The heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking. New York, NY: Little Brown and Company.
Genre: Adventure, Humor
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12
Similar Titles: Harry Potter
Plot: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third belongs to the Tribe of Hairy Hooligans, a clan of Vikings living on the Isle of Berk. Hiccup is at the cusp of manhood and is expected to participate in the initiation that will make him a man – the killing of a dragon. The Isle of Berk is plagued by dragons and all citizens are expected to fight. Hiccup's father, Stoik the Vast expects Hiccup to join him in the killing of dragons, but keeps on being disappointed by Hiccup's clumsiness and interest in things other than fighting, like inventing. Will Hiccup ever be a fighter? Or will he use his brains and skills to find another way to deal with dragons?
Personal Thoughts: I thought the story of Hiccup was hilarious. The book is a quick read that flows well. The way that "the story was told" to Cressida Cowell definitely made the book a fun read. The illustrations by Cowell added another facet to the memoir of the little Viking boy. This is the first book in a series, I look forward to exploring the others.