Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.
CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.
... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy.
'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.'
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.
'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.'
'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.'
'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.'
Especially good... raises the series to classic status.
Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. *****
Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated.
A modern classic. Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity. Highly recommended.
A delight for 8+.
Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever.
Action and excitement aplenty.
The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic.
Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vividly imagined alternative world.
If you have 6 to 12-year-olds, and you don't know about David Tennant's readings of Cressida Cowell's How To Train Your Dragon series, you don't deserve to be a parent.
A delight for 8+
Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever
Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity...Highly recommended
Action and excitement aplenty
The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic