Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day. A day to Appreciate Dragons began in 2004 and was part of a book launch for a book called Dragon Spell (I have never read it). I enjoy the fact that we have a day to Appreciate Dragons.
The word Dragon actually comes from a Greek Word that means serpent or sea snake. In a lot of ancient texts it usually describes a long or huge snake, a sea monster of sorts. It is thought that somewhere in the aeons of time someone mistook the word for lizard instead of snake and that’s how we get the European “lizard type” dragons.
H O W T O T R A I N Y O U R D R A G O N
Rating : 5 / 5
Blurb : (From Amazon)
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.
In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup’s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . . Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?
My Review :
This is a book that has been hiding on my bookshelf for a while. I know it is aimed at children but I really love the movies so I wanted to read it. I am one of these annoying people that always likes to read the book and then I go about how much better the book is than the movie. Once I got over the fact that this book was not going to resemble the movies, in anyway shape or form (with the exception of the characters names) I really enjoyed it.
Hiccup is the main character in the story and is also the narrator of the tale. He informs the audience that the dragons have gone back to the sea now. This ties in with the etymology of the word dragon which I like and also provides an explanation as to why there are no dragons now. I always like it when Children’s Books provide an explanation straight away, it saves parents having to think on the spot, when children begin with the “why’s?”.
Toothless of course is introduced to us but is not the Toothless we know and love in the movies. In the movie Toothless is a Night Fury, however in the book Toothless is believed to be a common or garden dragon, not very impressive to the other villagers. In fact, Toothless is quite small and as the name suggests has no teeth. Toothless is also a bit rebellious and is reluctant to do a Hiccup says. Hiccups rebelliousness is a source of stress for Hiccup as he has to train his dragon as part of his initiation. Besides the problem of a rebellious dragon, Hiccup is not the most popular boy with the other boys despite being the son of the chief. Eventually though Hiccup comes into his own and it is up to him to save the village.
This is a great book for children it is very enjoyable and I can see the appeal. If I had a child I could read the books too, I would read them all, however I cannot see me carrying on with the series. It is prejudice on my part, I do love the movies to much and unusually for me, I prefer the movies. I would recommend to anyone with young children.
For Appreciate a Dragon Day I did a quick drawing of Toothless from the movie. Hope you like it.