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How to Train Your Dragon #4: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse Award-winning author/illustrator

by Cressida Cowell (author)

Suitable for 7 - 12 years

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Product Description

AAAARRGH! Fishlegs has been struck down by the deadly disease of Vorpentitis! The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find – a potato! Can hairy little Viking warrior Hiccup save his sick friend, fight the dastardly Doomfang, dodge the axe of Norbert the Nutjob – and be a hero YET AGAIN? The fourth riotous and totally ridiculous adventure starring our favourite mini Viking hero.

  • Laughs and thrills with our favourite nerdy hero
  • A wonderful mix of humour, suspense and excitement
  • Hilarious writing paired with witty pencil cartoons
  • Hiccup’s books are now major Hollywood films

Product Details

Series

How to Train Your Dragon (book 4)

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780340999103

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books

Date published

February 4th, 2010

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.8; Middle years; 5.0 points

Other details
  • 240 pages
Condition

New

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  • How to Train Your Dragon Pack x 12

    How to Train Your Dragon Pack x 12

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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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    Mathgeek
    on 6 May 2016

    great

    5out of 5
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    bookaholic202
    on 8 March 2014

    I love the climax at the end. P.S. did you know Vikings actually discovered America first?

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    leahlu
    on 7 November 2013

    not read this ahhh

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    emilythetiger
    on 10 July 2011

    it looks good for 8+.

    5out of 5
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    mozzer1010
    on 25 May 2011

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was great when something happens that you don’t expect to happen ! brilliant for 9+

    4out of 5
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    Coraline
    on 28 August 2010

    my absalootly faveorate book in the WORLD

    5out of 5