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Product Description

Meet the not-so-mighty warrior from the amazing films in this cute picture book for all you lucky smallies. Long ago there was a little Viking called Hiccup, who dreamed of being a hero. And before that, there was an author called Cressida Cowell, who was writing her first ever story about Hiccup. She went on to create a super-funny fiction series. Hiccup became a mighty hero and a Hollywood film star. But the first book about Hiccup was this picture book full of jokes and adorable artwork. Want to be a Viking hero? Hop aboard!

  • A charming first picture book about Hiccup the Viking
  • The inspiration for the How to Train Your Dragon series
  • A must for younger fans of the Dreamworks films
  • Exciting story of facing fears and saving the day

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781444921366

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books

Date published

May 1st, 2014

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

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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