How to Train Your Dragon #1: How to Train Your Dragon Award-winning by Cressida Cowell (author) (UK edition)

How to Train Your Dragon

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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“Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow…”

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was just a nerdy little Viking, not big or hairy or scary at all. In fact, however terrifying he tried to look, he often just ended up looking quite – well – cute! He wasn’t loud enough to make himself heard at his father’s dinner table; he wasn’t tough enough to beat his bullying rival Snotlout at ball games – and he certainly wasn’t stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet! So how did valiant Hiccup meet his midget sidekick Toothless the Dragon, and become a mighty hero after all? First in the mega-selling Hiccup series, this is a side-splitting, breathtaking romp, bursting to the hilt with dragons, pirates, brave heroes, amazing battles and hilarious pencil cartoons.

“Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.” Independent on Sunday

Product Details

Catalogue number

533 in EU Primary May 2024, 4034 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25 and 1053 in Education Catalogue 2023–24


How to Train Your Dragon (book 1)






Hodder Children's Books

Date published

February 25th, 2010

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.6; Middle years; 5.0 points

Other details

  • 304 pages



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Part of this Series


Cressida Cowell

Photo of Cressida Cowell


  1. Flashburn the Dragon
    on 28 September 2012


    This book is very funny and entertaining. Once you start reading it you want to know what happens next because it is very exciting and action packed. If you like battles, dragons and vikings you will love this book. By Flashburn the Dragon aged 7 and a quarter.

    5 out of 5

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  1. HermIone333
    on 2 March 2021

    This book is really good and is a great introduction to the series of How to train Your Dragon. The characters are really great, as are the funny illustrations to go with it. I would definitely recommend this book!

    5 out of 5
  2. livelaughread
    on 14 June 2016

    this book was quite easy but i can’t wait to read more about hiccup and his adventures in berk

  3. ParisLucy
    on 23 May 2016

    It is a great story for all ages and it is a story for kids that loves adventures. I think that it is an amazing story. READ IT NOW!!!!

    5 out of 5
  4. bluepeter123456
    on 26 June 2015

    This book was exciting because it had lots of adventure and mystery in it.

  5. crazystuff
    on 7 August 2014

    this book is amazing

    5 out of 5
  6. dragons9
    on 19 July 2014

    i think the movie is better than the book.

  7. cheem021
    on 12 July 2014

    okish book

  8. ILoveBooks1595
    on 27 May 2014

    I love this book soooo much I have read two other of the books too and Cressida is my favourite author!

    5 out of 5
  9. bookaholic202
    on 8 March 2014

    Toothless is totally my favorite character. He is so cute. Toothless Daydream, indeed!

  10. Prisoner01
    on 4 March 2014

    If you’ve watched the film, don’t be fooled, the book and film are VERY different.

  11. ssabes987
    on 25 July 2013

    This book is just spectacular.It is about a boy called Hiccup Haddock Horrendous the third and he goes on amazing,exciting adventures.

    5 out of 5
  12. pawprint2
    on 7 March 2013

    I didn’t really like this book

    2 out of 5
  13. fifilola27
    on 19 February 2013

    I couldnt put the book down its about a boy called hiccup who his dad is a hero type thing who killes dragons and hiccup wanted to be one too! hiccup realises that the dragons are really sweet and he saves them!!!

  14. coolcars
    on 7 September 2012

    I loved this book and it is one of the best I have read in my life. I would happily reccomend.

    5 out of 5
  15. wearo
    on 16 March 2012

    Hiccup is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoever dosen’t like this book is weird.

  16. smileitsfriday
    on 1 March 2012

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a really unlikely hero. Always out-shone by Snoutlout, his glory hunting cousin who thinks Hiccup would make an awful chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. But Hiccup can talk to dragons! He meets Toothless, the toothless Common – or – Garden (Or Toothless Daydream, as he likes to call himself!) and they show their Hero-ness by saving the tribe from a Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus! * * * * *! Loved it! It was sooooo funny!