Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Review: How To Train Your Dragon
By Cressida Cowell
Genre Middle Grade Fantasy
On the island of Berk boys go through a right of passage by capturing their own baby dragon and training it to compete in a contest. When Hiccup ends up capturing the most boring kind of dragon there is he's certain he won't win. Especially because is dragon doesn't even have teeth. How's a boy to become a man with such a sorry excuse for a dragon?
Long ago on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.
I read this one for book club. It was an easy read. I think I read the whole thing in about an hour in one sitting.
Obviously everyone who's seen the movie thinks the movie was WAY better than the book. I love the movie too so I can see why people feel that way but I wanted to defend this little book.
First of all, it's not fair to compare the two. The movie is great but before it came along the book was being loved and admired for itself. If the movie never existed would the book be as "boring" as we think it was? I don't think so.
The book was cute. As soon as I stopped trying to compare it to the movie I quite enjoyed it. Yes, it was a bit young for me but I wasn't the target audience so I was fine with that.
I think it had a good message about finding your own way to become a hero and using your natural talents to do so.
Should you read it
I think it deserves a chance. I particularly think young kids should read it.