How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse /

by Cowell, Cressida.
Series: The Hiccup series Published by : Hodder Children's, (London :) Physical details: 237 p. : ill. ISBN:9780340999103 (pbk.) :; 0340999101 (pbk.) :. Year: 2010 Fiction notes: Click to open in new window
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Young Learners Books British Council Library
JF/COW (Browse shelf) 1 Available

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Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films!

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup's father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.

Hiccup's best friend Fishlegs thinks he has a nasty cold, but Old Wrinkly has diagnosed . . . VORPENTITIS, caused by the sting of a Venomous Vorpent, which is pretty much ALWAYS FATAL!

The only antidote is the Vegetable-that-No-one-Dares-Name - the POTATO. But the only way for Hiccup to find the cure is to face Norbert the Nutjob and the terrifying Sea Dragon, the DOOMFANG.
Can Hiccup survive the quest to save his best friend - and discover how to cheat a dragon's curse?

You don't have to read the books in order, but if you want to, this is the right order:
1. How to Train Your Dragon
2. How to Be a Pirate
3. How to Speak Dragonese
4. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
5. How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
6. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
7. How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
8. How to Break a Dragon's Heart
9. How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
10. How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel
11. How to Betray a Dragon's Hero
12. How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

Originally published: 2006.

Formerly CIP. Uk

Reviews provided by Syndetics

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Cowell is getting a great deal of mileage from her pseudomemoirs of the delightfully alliterative Viking. She retains her touch in this latest volume, which relates Hiccup's quest to find the Vegetable-That-No-One-Dares-Name, namely a potato that is the only thing that can prevent his friend Fishlegs from dying of Vorpentitis. The potato, you see, is an imaginary vegetable that comes from a place that doesn't really exist: America. When Hiccup realizes that he has only until 10 o'clock the next morning to find the mythical vegetable, it is a race against time and against the wishes of his father. It also requires traveling with the charming bog-burglar Camicazi, breaking into the headquarters of Norbert the Nutjob and his Hysteric tribe, and stealing the frozen potato while they sleep, all the while trying to avoid a fearsome sea predator. The result is an irresistible concoction. As with all the "Hiccup" books, this one is full of amusing illustrations, clever design that includes inkblots scattered throughout the pages, and an occasional explanation of hibernating dragons and venomous vorpents. This action-filled and compelling story will draw readers along. It's a must for libraries that have the previous books in this series, which is probably most.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In this fourth Hiccup the Viking adventure, the unlikely hero quests after a cure for the deadly Vorpentitis disease that's stricken his best friend, Fishlegs. Zany sketchlike black-and-white illustrations, playful fonts, and silly gags continue the series's fun, although readers familiar with it may find this installment is just more of the same. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Once again, the small and seemingly powerless triumph over the huge and hulking, when, as to prevent a horrible death, young Chieftain's son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III sets out in search of . . . The Vegetable That No One Dares Name. Well-populated with thuggish, aptly named adversaries like Snotface Snotlout and Norbert the Nutjob, Hiccup's latest adventure takes him--along with his drama queen mini-dragon, Toothless, and reckless but capable companion, Camicazi, daughter of Big-Boobied Bertha--to the Island of Hysteria, and then to a confrontation with a mountainous marine dragon known as a Doomfang. Illustrated, like its three series predecessors, with both scribbly sketches and random blots of ink, this seemingly farcical outing delivers more than it promises, continuing to develop the theme that a true leader is better served by brains and a conscience than by brawn alone. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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