by Cressida Cowell
Classics List - Fantasy Theme 2017-18
So far we have received 22 reviews of How to Train Your Dragon.
You can read them below. Why not add your own review?
Chloe from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How To Train Your Dragon book report I enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon but I thought the first two chapters were a bit boring that's why I rated it eight stars. I'd recommend this book for people who likes dragons and adventure. The book made me feel: sad, excited, happy and shocked all the way through the story. My favourite part of the book was when hiccup fell down the dragons mouth.
Samuel from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How To Train Your Dragon is an ok book there was some parts which I didn't enjoy and some parts I did. My favourite part I would have to say was when Hiccup found Toothless because looking at the drawing Toothless was cute. My worst bit was when Hiccup failed the final test and was going to be banished to exile. At times this book made me yawn which wasn't good but other times made me curious. I would rate this book 4/10 stars only because of how boring it was at times. My 2 favourite characters made would have to be Hiccup I think, the author did a great job off Hiccup and Hiccups character made the book exciting by his choices like when he spoke to the Green Death. My 2nd favourite would be Toothless the author thought vey carefully about this tiny creature Toothless made this book exciting and maybe a little funny. The 5 adjective I would use to describe this book would be exciting, curious, interesting, little funny and tense I would choose these because of the cliff hangers and jokes like what's black and white and red all over "A sunburnt penguin" So over all this book is an okay but good book.
Phoebe from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How to train your dragon is quite different to the movie but I think it is just as good or even better. There are lots of funny jokes and a few dramatic scenes. As well as that, there are loads of challenges that the to be chief (Hiccup) has to face along with some more boys hoping to become a part of a tribe. In this book, there are lots of hard words to understand and read. If you want a challenge read this book! I really enjoyed this book and other people will to no matter how old you are!!!
Violet from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Hiccup Horrendous haddock 111 is trying to pass a test to see if he is a true Viking. Will he complete the test? This is a very good book to last hours once you have started you can't put the book down I recommend this book for age 7+. Hiccup thinks he is world's worst Viking ever he's useless... One day there is a massive dragon in Berk who is going to save the town from being destroyed? Will the boys go to Heroes or Exile? Who will save everyone? What will happen? When will the dragons learn? Where will the story lead? The boys will have to get dragons and train them but 'the toothless daydream' has no teeth how will it fight?
Casper from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How To Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell Hiccup is a boy he is the son of a Viking chief and wants to take his place when he is old enough. However first, he must first take a test to prove he is good enough! They have to take a dragon from the dragon nursery sneaky without being caught . they should train there dragons to catch fish and do what they say. Hiccups dragon (Toothless) seems useless but isn't.
Isabella from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How to train your dragon is a good book but on some parts i got very bored. This book didn't take that long to read probably up to two and a half weeks.My favorite character is Hiccup because he makes me laugh also my favorite part is were hiccup finds Toothless because his face is so cute he is the cutest dragon in the whole book maby the world but they don't exist. This book is very funny and boring book but i give this book a seven out of ten its not that boring but it is an ok book but i'm sure other people will like it.
Matilda from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
I thought this book was amazing and would recommend it to people who like adventures . My favourite character is hiccup because he believes that he and his dragon can do well. My favourite dragon is toothless because he is funny. The most exciting part was when they have thorsday Thursday because of al, weird activities they have to do on the day. I was surprised when stoick the vast nearly vanished hiccup. I also really enjoyed the part where Hiccup went to speak with the seadragonus giganticus Maximus .I found the meathead public librarian very funny . I would describe this book as an interesting adventurous and funny book.
Isla from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book is very good and easy to read! I would recommend this book to readers of all ages. How to train your dragon is about a boy called Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and a dragon called Toothless. Hiccup is the son of the Chief. You may think he would be big and tough because of his dad, but Hiccup is the asolute opposite. Here is a draft from the blurb. 'Can Hiccup pass the dragon Initiation Program whith a toothless dragon and fight the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus before it gobbles up every Viking on Berk? It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a hero.' I think this story is very funny and for those who are thinking how is it funny?,go to page 183 and you will see. Here is a draft from the page before. 'They then burgled every item of material they could find: Gogglet's nappies, Gobbers PJ's, Mogado the Meatheads tent, Vallharama's bra- anything they could get there hands on.' Overall, in my opinion it was written very well, making you want to keep reading till the end. Some of the words are tricky to pronounce but visualise and break up the writting then this book is for you! Can't wait to read the next one to see what happens next.
Tiffany from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book is about a Viking boy called Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, who is a very unpopular boy. Hiccup tries to find ways to train his dragon, Toothless , and at the end , Hiccup and Toothless become heroes! I would give this book five stars because it is a very interesting story. Also, I would recommended this book to 9-12 year olds and to people who love action and adventure books/stories. Some of the characters are: Hiccup, Speedfist, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain, Tuffnut Junior, Wartihog, Clueless, Stoik The Vast, Fishlegs, Snotlout, Gobber The Belch and or course, Toothless! If forgot to say, the story is set/atmosphere is on the wild and windy Isle of Berk. In this story, the proper hero is Toothless, because Toothless saved his master, and physically killed the Purple and the Green Death (2 seadragons). I hope if you read this book, you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Isobel from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How to train your dragon I thought this book was ok but not enough happens. Its a book about a small child that has a pet dragon and goes on an adventure with his family and friends. I had watched the film before I read the book so it was a bit easier to picture the characters and picture what was happening. At the begining of the book Hiccup nearly becomes ehile, and at the end he becomes a hero! I would recommend it to anyone ages 10 and under but over 10 might still enjoy it. Hiccup has a dragon named toothless and Hiccup can talk to dragons. Hiccup is the skinniest Viking on berk. He becomes a hero by fighting off a green sea dragon and nearly getting eaten by it.
Elodie from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
How to train your Dragon I really enjoyed this book . The book was really good that I had to get the second .I would recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure and cliff hangers .I wouid love to read some other books by Cressida Cowell. My favourite part of the book was when they made friends with the dragons instead of hurting them. Hiccup was my favourite character because he was courageous and kind. I really enjoyed this book a lot. Why don't you read it?
Samuel from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book about a Viking called Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, who is part of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. He is also trying to become a full member of the tribe by passing three tests or going into exile. My favourite characters are Toothless, Hiccup and Dogsbreath the Duhbrain. I recommend this book. to 7 to 10 year olds because its quite short but is very good at the same time. I rate this book 7/10 because its very short but still very interesting, funny and adventurous.
Owen from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
this book is so cool but I gave it a nine. I prefer the film but the book is also cool.
Liam from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:
I like the imagination that has went into it, it inspired me at a young age to draw dragons but could you publish a book suitable for teenagers. Please
Poppy from Year 5:
This book, How To Train Your Dragon is a brilliant world of its own, and has lots of good descriptive words and phrases in different chapters about dragons. After reading this I now think about imagination and making the reader go “wow!”, which gives me good ideas for my own writing. In parts of this story I feel sorry for Hiccup because people call him “useless” which is not kind. Toothless [Hiccups dragon] is different to the other dragons as he is not fierce, he is gentle and only hunts for food. This novel is set in the Viking times on a sandy beach and is shown in the animated film really well. If you had to choose which book to read then definitely read this book because it is more interesting and fun, which everyone likes because it allows you to use your imagination to picture the characters and settings. The first 3 chapters were boring but then got better once you get in to the story .This book is for over 7’s as some words are tricky .So in that case this book is a 7/10 because some parts are boring.
Hannah from Year 7, - Home Educated -:
I absolutely love this book I have read all the books in the series and this is the first and in my opinion one of the best although if you have watched the film the start can be rather confusing as in the film toothless is a big black dragon in the book however he is a tiny green toothless daydream or at lest they hope he is. my favourite character is definitely toothless. this is one of the best books ever with characters that you can feel happiness sadness ect. ect. for this book turned me into a dragon lover. I would recommend this book to dragon lovers and none dragon lovers because this will be the book that makes you love dragons forever.
Benjamin from Year 7, Rossington All Saints School:
I like dragons so this book is good.
Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
You ever wondered what it would be like to own your very own dragon? Then behold, you should meet someone- Hiccup! Wanting to take the place of his dad ( the Viking Chief) when he is older, Hiccup needs to work hard to keep up with the class and unfortunately not all is going well. However when he finally is redeemed the chance to own his own dragon, the two become a team to save lifes, create adventures and prove everyone wrong. Will he become the next a Viking chief? Will he overcome the odds? Find out in ‘How To Train Your Dragon!’ I enjoyed this book as this is a perfect opportunity to create new imaginations for children! To explain what I mean by this, it is a fun subject to talk about and as this was my favourite book when I was younger, it created plenty of sparks and I too enjoyed creating my own dragon and adventuring off with him ; if I lead my own imagination after reading this book I can assure you that many others lead on this path too! Another point among many I have linking to this book is that the illustrations are extremely child friendly and and break down the barrier between the author/illustrator and the child reading this. To explain in further detail, most illustrations are very detailed, polished and slick. However this book looks similar to many younger children’s drawings which may intrigue the reader in to the book further as they connect and understand them more as they could easily draw some of the pictures from the book. Although this point is hard to explain, I hope you understand my point mainly. This means that I am giving this book a 10 because it is totally child friendly, it is a perfect book to have fun with and is very clever with both the plot and the illustrations!
owen from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
i liked the book but the film is better! What i didn't like like was when hiccup was eaten and when a dragon bit another dragon in the neck. Hiccup had a really cool dragon toothless but hiccup was meant to ride the monster nightmare. Hiccup is my favourite because he is brave.....
Benjamin from Year 7, Rossington All Saints School:
Great book I love the imagination put into this novel I would recommend this book to everyone of all ages :)
Harry from Year 5, - Home Educated -:
How to train your dragon is styled off the film how to train your dragon, it includes the same characters and adds some new ones, the story is different and it is a really really exciting book. The main character is hiccup, a viking whose dragon is quite small. Dragons, sea dragons and vikings all come together in this exciting book.
Rosie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:
I love this book. Who wouldn't? Its all about vikings and dragons. There is a boy and he finds a dragon. He tries to get eveyone to think that dragons are friendly. He tries to understand the dragons and tries to change everyone's mind about them.