Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell


by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Author: Cressida Cowell
Format: Hardcover
# of pages: 224
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Hiccup Haddock III isn’t the world’s best Viking. Even though he’s son of Stoick the Vast, the chief of their tribe, he isn’t exactly how you would describe a hero. Hiccup and his tribe go searching to catch dragons (to train, not kill like the movie depicts). Hiccup struggles to catch the tiniest dragon of the lot, but at least he has caught a dragon, so he’s already done better than expected. When a giant dragon encounters the pair it’s time to put Hiccup’s heroic skills to the test. Will Hiccup epically fail?

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because it was a class assignment. I also wanted to read it because it was going to become a movie and you know how it is, I can’t see a movie if there’s a book to it.


  • I like the idea behind this book. I like dragons and training a dragon for a pet sounded cool.
  • I thought that this book was going to be very “slap-stick” and stupid based off of the trailer for the movie, but it wasn’t which was good. I like smart humor. 🙂


  • The book started off pretty good and went downhill. I couldn’t keep focused on it.
  • It was too predictable and even though I liked the ending. I pretty much had this book figured out from the get-go.

Last minute thoughts: I don’t think I would have kept reading this book if it wasn’t an assignment. The movie was better than the book in my opinion.

Buy: How to Train Your Dragon (Book 1)

Book Rating: I give this book 2.5 treasure chests!

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  1. We haven’t quite reached the ending of the book, but we’ve seen the movie TWICE! I love the movie – you are quite right about the smart humor. The book is much more juvenile (um, and violent!), and I think targeted it younger kids.

  2. Yes! Exactly! 😀

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