CBBC Office: Book Club: How to Train Your Dragon
Hi everyone. Chris here! I'm taking over the CBBC Book Club this week. We're going to read How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, which was suggested by OrangeLaughingZOOKster, WhiteGrumpyPhoenix and SapphireBrainyBadger.
I've put my description and review of the book in the links below. Take a look.
I'd like you to get hold of this book, have a read and tell me what YOU think.
- Did you like it?
- Which was your favourite part?
- Did you have a favourite character?
Hiccup isn't doing too well - on the verge of being exiled from Berk, he and a group of other young Vikings are tasked with capturing and domesticating dragons to prove their worth.
Unfortunately, the official guide on this, 'How To Train Your Dragon,' is only one page long and no help at all. Add to that the ongoing struggle to actually get along with his chosen dragon, Toothless, and it seems as though poor Hiccup will not only lose the respect of his warrior father but also his place amongst the other Vikings.
All he needs is a chance to prove that he can be a hero - like perhaps, on the night of a particularly dangerous storm when 'The Green Death' comes to call...
Cressida Cowell is a wonderful writer who finds fun ways of using words and imagery throughout the book. I know you will be used to writing a certain way based on English lessons in school, but this author uses various little quirks throughout to help emphasise sounds and paint vivid pictures in a way that lets you know that sometimes it's ok to bend the rules a little.
Hiccup is such a loveable character and we can all relate to the underdog - he's the only scrawny, brainy Viking in his village! I found myself rooting for him and Toothless throughout the entire story and really wanted him to become a hero.
The story is accompanied by loads of extra fun pages that delve deeper into the dragon-trainers' world, such as a 'Beginners Guide to Speaking Dragonese', and some gorgeous illustrations at key moments.
Even if you've seen the film based on this book you really should read the original story and fully submerge yourself in Hiccup's world. And who knows, the dragon-training tips may come in handy one day.
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