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How to Train Your Dragon #1: How to Train Your Dragon Award-winning

by Cressida Cowell (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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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 rival Snotlout at ball games. He certainly wasn’t stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet! So how did Hiccup meet his tiny sidekick Toothless the Dragon, and become a mighty hero after all?

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

Product Details

Catalogue number

5119 in Rewards Catalogue 2017/18


How to Train Your Dragon (book 1)






Hodder Children's Books

Date published

February 4th, 2010

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.6; Middle years; 5.0 points

Other details
  • 304 pages


UK edition



Cressida Cowell

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Cressida grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The island had no roads, houses or electricity. For the first four years, the family would be dropped off like castaways on the island by a local boatman and picked up again two weeks later. Imagine being like Robinson Crusoe and having a whole island to yourself to explore…

By the time Cressida was eight, the family had built a small stone house on the island, so they no longer had to camp out in tents, which made life much drier. Her father got a boat, so they could fish for enough food to feed the family for the whole summer.

Every year, Cressida spent the long summer holiday, and some of the spring, on the island. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no electricity, telephone or television, so Cressida and the family lived like people in the olden days. In the evening, Cressida’s father told the children old Scottish tales about the people who lived on the islands round about, who were always fighting and tricking each other, and about dragons living in caves in the cliffs.

Cressida spent her time writing stories, fishing for things to eat, and exploring the island looking for these dragons. These childhood experiences (quite apart from her fluency in Old Norse, of course), made her delighted to be approached to translate the Hiccup memoirs…

After leaving school Cressida studied English at university, and then got degrees in graphic design and illustration at art college. For her final project at art school she created a childrens’ book called Little Bo Peep’s Library Book and was lucky enough to have that book published in 1998. She has gone on to write ten more picture books, including the popular Emily Brown stories, which won the Nestle Childrens’ Book Prize in 2006.

In 2002 she began to write a book for older children. Remembering the stories she had written on the island as a child, these ideas became the book How to Train Your Dragon. There are now nine books in the Hiccup series, and a DreamWorks Animation film of How to Train Y0ur Dragon came out in 2010!

Cressida lives in London with her husband, three children and a hamster.


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  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.

    5out of 5

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  1. Clarice thumb 136

    on 14 June 2016

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

  2. Hayley 113303

    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!!!!

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 26 June 2015

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

  4. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 7 August 2014

    this book is amazing

    5out of 5
  5. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 19 July 2014

    i think the movie is better than the book.

  6. Default avatar 807810

    on 12 July 2014

    okish book

  7. Hayley 113303

    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!

    5out of 5
  8. Avatar owl 761790

    on 8 March 2014

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

  9. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2014

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

  10. Evie 113313

    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.

    5out of 5
  11. Avatar bat 761713

    on 7 March 2013

    I didn’t really like this book

    2out of 5
  12. Avatar cat 761729

    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!!!

  13. Default avatar

    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.

    5out of 5
  14. Gruffalo 113679

    on 16 March 2012

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

  15. Avatar lion 761782

    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!