Thursday, May 19, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon

A few nights ago my hubby and I had an evening to ourselves and planned to watch a movie.  He asked me if there was a particular movie I wanted to watch. Usually I don't, but I'd seen signs announcing that How To Train Your Dragon was out on DVD, and as I'd greatly enjoyed it the first time I wanted to see it again. Much to my hubby's chagrin, when he went to rent it online he found that it was available on DVD only at the moment. None of the rental places carried it. So he proposed checking out the audio book instead.

Don't expect this book to be like the movie. It isn't. Pretty much the only similarity between the two is the main character. However I found it quite enjoyable, like reading a second book in a series instead of something that is a rewrite of another story.

Hiccup is the son of a viking chief, and destined to be his tribes next leader. Or at least, destined to be the next leader IF he should he survive into adulthood--which appears less and less likely with each chapter. Known as Hiccup the Useless, Hiccup is a slight, red-headed, frecklefaced boy who, unlike his Viking tribe, prefers peace to war.

When the time comes for the boys of the tribe to be initiated into full-fledged tribe-members, Hiccup is in trouble. The first step in this initiation process is for each of the young boys to enter the dragon nursery while the reptiles are sleeping and steal a young dragon to train.  Easier said than done, considering there are several THOUSAND dragons, both young and adult, in the nursery. Despite a series of comical mishaps Hiccup manages to survive the first step of initiation, only to be faced with increasingly difficult challenges.

While this kids book isn't exactly the usual sort that I review here, it was a lot of fun to listen to.  The humor throughout had me giggling, and my husband alternately raising a brow and laughing. 

Follow Hiccup as he learns to be a viking and becomes a hero the hard way--by learning how to train his dragon.

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