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It's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the HairyIt's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy Scary Librarian and his dreadful army of Meathead Warriors and face off against the formidable Driller-Dragons. Will he make it out and live to see his next birthday?...

Title : A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
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ISBN : 9780340950340
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons Reviews

  • Sara Saif
    2018-11-24 14:34

    Um...this particular GIF has no relation whatsoever to this review but I really liked it so that's why it's here.So, the review:Plot: Hilarious but predictable 3/5Characters: Lovable as always 4/5The Laugh Factor: There but a bit less this time 3.5/5New Dragon(s): At least 4 notably Camicazi's Mood Dragon, Stormfly 4/5Development: Vikings lift their ban on books 5/5No wait! There is a connection; both the book and the gifs are DEAD cute!

  • Anna
    2018-11-20 18:33

    ** read by David Tennant app. 3 hrsanother 5⭐performance by David Tennant! 🎉💥🎉the Hairy Scary Librarian: "Nobody borrows books from my library and lives to tell the tale!"-Cressida Cowell, A Hero's Guide to Deadly DragonsToothless has gotten himself in trouble again! It's Hiccup's 12th birthday, and instead of a party, he finds himself facing the perils of The Meathead Public Library!

  • Anne
    2018-12-09 16:29

    To everyone who's only familiar with the movie/series adaptation of How to Train your Dragon, I can't emphasize enough on how the books are SO much better. I mean, the animated version isn't bad or anything, it's certainly enjoyable, but the books...the BOOKS!Yes, one of the biggest differences involves Toothless. In the movies, Toothless is a Night Fury, a big, rare and dangerous dragon. In the books, he's a Common or Garden dragon, the smallest of all the hunting dragons around. He's a bit of a scaredy pants and incredibly naughty. He can talk Dragonese, something Hiccup can speak as well, and has a stutter while doing so. If you ever listen to the audiobooks narrated by David Tennant, you'll never forget Toothless's way of speaking.A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons is the sixth installment in the 'How To Train your Dragon'-series. I highly recommend reading the previous five books first, but if you really can't or don't want to, you can also just read this as a standalone book because there are plenty of references/explanations back to the first books.This is the first actual printed book I've read in the series and I was quite curious to see if I would like it just as much as the audiobooks. I can say it wasn't a disappointment. The lack of David Tennant is being made up by some hilarious illustrations:All the illustrations are black and white and in this particular style. There are a lot of them so if this is not your cup of tea, well, you've been warned.I had the feeling this story was a bit shorter than the previous ones, but it's hard to tell when I never actually READ the others. Still, it was a really fun read, with adventurous suspense and plenty of laughing-out-loud-moments. As a bonus to this book, there's the 'real' A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons at the end, plus a Dragonese Dictionary in which we find out 'hairy no-brainers' is Dragonese for 'Vikings' and 'dandruff-di-woden' means 'snow'. Now guess what a buttok-thunder is...All characters are delightful. From the chief of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe, Stoick the Vast, oh hear his name and tremble, ugh ugh to Big-Boobied Bertha, chief of the Bog-Burglars, to Stormfly, the mood dragon with whom Toothless falls madly in love.The Sunday Express calls this a book 'Loved by six to nine-year-olds', but I think it's more for all ages, really. With the exception of really young children maybe, due to the suspense. If you were wondering ever since you looked at the illustration up here, this is NOT a picture book. Lots of illustrations, yes, but only to accompany the full story in text.If you love Vikings, dragons, children's adventures and an endless list of crazy characters, you should really start reading these books asap.I'm giving this one 4 stars, but only because I felt it was such a short story compared to the others. The first books each get a 5-star rating from me for sure!For those who are curious, here's what the audiobooks sound like! (Toothless is in the excerpt of Book 3)

  • miaaa
    2018-11-17 15:26

    If book #1 to #5 mostly about being adventurous and about being yourself, somehow I feel that Cowell tries to send a deeper message here in this book. Let me share with you Hiccup's note:"I myself grew up to be not only a Hero, but also a Writer. When I was an adult, I rewroteA Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, and I included not only some descriptions of the various deadly dragon species, and a useful Dragonese Dictionary, but also this story of hose the book came to be written in the first place.This is the book that you are holding in your hands right now.Perhaps you even borrowed it from a Library?If so, thank Thor that the sinister figure of the Hairy Scary Librarian is not lurking around a corner, hiding in the shadows, Heart-Slicers at the ready, or whirring whine of a Driller Dragon's drill.You, dear reader, I am sure cannot imagine what it might to be like to live in a world in which books are banned.For surely such things will never happen in the Future?Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky."

  • The Flooze
    2018-11-15 15:06

    Six books in and I'm still immensely entertained by this series. Though there's a common thread throughout all the stories - brain over brawn - each book brings with it related, worthwhile messages. (And a lot of boobie humour.)A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons centers largely on one of Hiccup’s favorite topics: the value of books. (This Viking is one of us, don’t you see?) Unfortunately, Hiccup lives in a world where books are banned ::gasp:: and the very idea of reading them - let alone writing them, as our Hero himself is attempting to do - is abhorrent. Books were despised by the Viking Tribes, as they were seen as a horrible civilizing influence and a threat to the barbarian culture. Because they were banned, they were locked up in the great grim Meathead Public Library, guarded by the terrible Hairy Scary Librarian…Oh, dear. Naturally, with such an intimidating description dangled before us, it’s inevitable that Hiccup is going to end up visiting this fortress of forbidden knowledge. And despite being terrified, Hiccup is amazed at what a magnificent place it is.But here, it was like entering a cave full of treasure.“WOW,” breathed Hiccup, “if you stayed here long enough you really could find the answer to everything…”I couldn’t help but be swept up in Hiccup’s excitement at the vast store of knowledge before him. Though I often take NY’s large libraries and sprawling bookstores for granted, it was lovely to live vicariously through Hiccup, imagining what it might be like to come upon such a place for the first time. I can certainly appreciate his burning curiosity and the little voice in his head pleading with him to grab a tome and dive in. Because nothing involving Hiccup and his friends is ever simple, there are multiple dangers standing between our young Viking and the written word. The primary threat is the Hairy Scary Librarian. He’s a fearsome foe and an all around bad egg:"Well I'm very sorry, too," whispered the Hairy Scary Librarian, sadly shaking his head and drawing out another sword with his left hand. "But I think that these books are MINE all MINE." A horrible gloating and greedy look came into his mad, half-blind eyes.Um. I think this Mr. Hairy Scary and I might have something in common…There are other subplots involving burglary contests and murderous neighbouring Viking tribes, as well as lots of additional info on the dragons that inhabit Hiccup’s world. There’s the requisite Moment of Contrition from Hiccup’s father (I do wish he’d learn his lesson properly one day), and many instances of the importance of true, reliable friends. There’s also the emphasis on thinking logically and quickly to overcome troubles - I’m pleased to say Fishlegs gets a good deal of credit in this area. All of it melds together to form just the sort of fun, fast-paced adventure I’ve come to expect from Cressida Cowell and her endearing characters. I'm always thrilled with how the author wraps up her stories - reflecting on not just the immediate dilemma but also on the wider implications for Hiccup’s development. Mentally reviewing his chaotic day sparks a thought in Hiccup’s mind, one that all bibliophiles have had and a concept that we all treasure: in reading, we often discover that we’re not alone. A character’s passing thought, a laundry list of misgivings, a description of a feeling so vast we thought it indescribable or of a touch so fleeting we didn’t think anyone else would notice…the fact that someone else - quite outside our heads - could express these moments so perfectly, prompting a relieved, thankful sigh of, “Yes. Yes! Me, too.” Ahhh. These are the moments that give reading its bone-deep significance. It bolsters us up, validates us in ways we might never truly realize relying on personal connections alone. And with that realization, “Hiccup (and every reader with him) gave a sigh of contentment.”

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2018-12-05 11:22

    Further adventures of Hiccup, Fishlegs, Camicazi and Toothless. This was the least interesting so far.

  • Maricarmen Estrada M
    2018-11-21 19:08

    In this fun and lovely episode of another of Hiccup's perils, he has the chance to make his father proud, to meet some amazing dragons, and the thing which I loved the most: to have a great adventure with books!

  • Kristen
    2018-11-12 14:20

    I was worried I wouldn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first five, since this is the first one that I have read instead of listening to. (And if you follow my reviews, you know how amazing David Tennant is in the audio books.) Luckily, I could still hear Mr. Tennant's range of voices in my head, and the action and adventure were just as fun. I also got to enjoy the pictures, which ALMOST made up for missing out on the audio. I get a LITTLE frustrated that in every book Stoick doesn't trust or listen to his son--I mean, Hiccup has saved the tribe many times already--but the adventures that spawn from his distrust are original and fun. I'm particularly fond of this story, as Hiccup and his friends explore the forbidden library and Hiccup wonders if he convince his tribe that books are good, not bad.

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2018-11-18 19:12

    For some reason it took me ages to read this one. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite of the series so far. I feel like the books before this one had more compelling plots but this one was just kind of about the characters running around in a library (from an evil killer librarian, but still). At least Stormfly was introduced in this one though––YAAAY. :DI might write a longer review eventually.

  • Ani Lopez
    2018-12-10 18:25

    Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky."

  • D.C.
    2018-11-28 16:23

    I dunno... it was just so short, much shorter then the others, and with much less substance and humor. I absolutely LOVED the Dragon Dictionary and Dragonese Finder in the back (and there's a funny piece of wisdom somewhere), but as for the story, meh.

  • Denae Christine
    2018-11-14 19:23

    Reader thoughts: Again, such fun. Fishlegs points out that they're in trouble when they're trusting a dragon who is a pathological liar and amnesiac. Oh, and the floor is covered in some sort of stinging dragon worm. And the drillo dragons are drilling into the library, and the Hairy Scary Librarian is chasing them. And the murderous clan is hunting them, too.But at least they have Hiccup, and he's learning that Vikings don't have to be afraid of books. Really, you'd think that, with all the dragons to be afraid of, the Vikings would not fear books so much. It is funny that they do, though.I'm realizing how little Stoic really listens to Hiccup. At least we know they love each other anyway.Writer thoughts: Cowell uses quite a few coincidences in her books, but she points them out. This is a writer technique called "hanging a lantern on it" to let the reader know that some event is improbable. Instead of sounding like a mistake, now, the reader realizes that this was on purpose. How likely is it that Hiccup would glance up and see the book his ancestor wrote at just the right moment that he needed it? AND it has the same title that Hiccup's own book has? Cowell doesn't treat this moment as a plot hole, she treats it as a surprise, a quirk in the story. Whatever it was, it was on purpose, and the reader knows it.

  • King Haddock
    2018-12-09 12:27

    It wasn't that this was a horrible installment of the "How to Train Your Dragon" novel series. However, it lacked much of the luster that has characterized many of the other books. In a typical novel, I expect to laugh over crude and silly humor, go on a high stakes adventure, and watch Hiccup magically pull out tricks to save himself in the nick of time. In all these areas, though, "A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons" does not fully deliver.The DownsidesThe humor was present but not quite as flamboyant as some of the other books were. The entire setting of kids going through a spooky library does not provide quite as much material by which to joke, nor were their hazards so ridiculous that their adventures could spice up the comic relief, either. All in all, while the book was amusing and had its cheeky moments, it didn't shine.Secondly, the idea of Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Camicazi going in to steal a book from a library on Hiccup's third/twelfth birthday feels a lot less dramatic of an adventure than what Hiccup has already endured. We can talk all we want about the fact that the Hairy Scary Librarian is a good swordsman, but when you come down to it, this adventure really lacks the flare that we've before seen. For let's do a tally. Hiccup faced the Green Death and almost got swallowed whole in "How to Train Your Dragon"; goes on a treasure hunt, sinks the bottom of the sea after diving off a burning ship, and faces numerous dangerous dragons in "How to be a Pirate"; is kidnapped by Romans and forced to be a gladiator-like figures fighting Sharkworms in "How to Speak Dragonese"; gets chased and captured by Hysterics and almost dies from Venomous Vorpent poison in "How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse"; and has to save the entire archipelago from destruction by hurling a stone into an activating volcano in "How to Twist a Dragon's Tale."Amidst so much drama, of near-death escapes, kidnapping, facing terrible mountain-sized dragons, diving off burning ships, and saving the world from total disaster, it almost seems like "A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons" is a joke plot. Right after Hiccup surfs on the Windfinder down lava, we're expected to be content with he and his friends stealing a book just to maintain Stoick's pride during a burgling competition? The premise of the quest is simply for the boys to make up for Toothless's wood eating frenzy and for Stoick to not feel so horribly beat by Big-Boobied Bertha. It's really not all that satisfying.Sure, with the insertion of Madguts the Murderous and Gumboil, we have some more "true danger" in the storyline. But that was very much a side-element of a book which mainly concentrated on the kids wandering around a library and fighting one old man who wielded dual swords.Not only is the adventure itself slightly more lacking than average, but it's shorter, too. Whereas the average book thus far for this series is notably over 200 pages of story material, "A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons" hands us only 177, and is only as thick as the other books due to its lengthy appendix. I would also think that there are more (and larger) illustrations, further reducing page size. This book took me one short day to read, whereas the others I remember spending more time.And if I want to get nit-picky I can add another criticism that we have a continuity error - Fishlegs owns a book about visiting Rome for the first time and it's no big of a deal (reread "How to Twist a Dragon's Tale"), but here any reading at all is forbidden. It's not an enormous continuity error, but still slightly annoying for those who like in-universe cohesion.The Bright SidesCriticism done, I am going to point out that there is, of course, much still to enjoy about this novel. And I did, and the novel still deserves three stars. The comments I will make might be slightly spoiler-ish being as they don't happen at the beginning of the book (so you have been warned).The first thing that was special about this installation in the series was Stormfly's introduction. We meet the little Mood Dragon in this novel, and she is a wonderful character addition from the first page she appears. A pathological liar whose color-changing gives her away makes for an amusing, selfish dragon. She's certainly a dragon I want to see more of in the next books - and I'm sure we will!Secondly, there is something incredibly special and heartwarming to see Hiccup locate a book from his ancestor. Ever since the first book where he was introduced as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, I have wanted to know precisely what the First and Second Hiccups were like. Finding a key element of his past about which he never knew is a special reveal to both our character on his birthday and to readers.Final WordKeep reading. There's always going to be one or two books in a series that don't shine quite as much as the others. Hopefully this is the only one and we're back to more drama, more side-splitting humor, more high-stakes, and more pages of awesome with the following installments.

  • Emily
    2018-11-21 11:08

    This one isn't as long as the others because the last quarter of the book is made of up a "Book of Dangerous Dragons" and a "Dictionary of Dragonese". Still, the story that is there is a good one, especially since Stoick is finally proud of his son. At the beginning, it is Hiccup's birthday. However he is having a bad day, partly because of Toothless and partly because of Stoick. But his friend Camicazi suggests that he remedy the situation which of course leads the pair, along with Fishlegs and their dragons, on a dangerous quest. There is a lovely bit at the end which reminds the children who are reading this book about how lucky they are to live in a society that values books (if you remember from the previous book that books were banned). It's a good opportunity to teach children about freedom. Anyway, there is plenty to keep young boys and girls laughing and even some smiles for this mother! I think this was the most humorous of the stories, but the shortest. Still a good one.

  • Robbie
    2018-11-26 11:19

    This is #6 in the books on which the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" was loosely based. I loved the movie...not so much the book. This is the only one I've read but the excessive descriptive mentions of the character "Big-Boobied Bertha" turned me off. I can't say how many times Cowell talks about her excessively large bosum and its accomplishments but it was "a lot" too many. In the dragonese section in the back "piss-person" is used frequently...also a turn-off. I don't think my boys will be reading any more of these. While I don't know for sure, my guess is Cressida Cowell is British. They may consider us prudes but I consider her way too loose in what she thinks is appropriate for young children.

  • Miss Ryoko
    2018-11-20 16:14

    This one may be my favorite storyline so far of all the books.I really do love Hiccup as a character. While he's a bit less sarcastic in the books, he's still quite great. I also really love Camicazi!Stormfly showed up in this tome, but just like everything else, she is completely different from the movie. She is not a Deadly Natter, she's actually a mood dragon, which was quite fun. And I liked the fact she spoke Norse. This book also had pretty much the greatest literary line every written in it:"The mighty bosoms of Big-Boobied Bertha had killed many a Warrior in mortal combat."Perfection.I also enjoyed the Dragonese dictionary in the back. Some of that language is quite clever.Halfway through the series! What other shenanigans will Hiccup and his friends get into?

  • Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
    2018-11-10 16:36

    Not only is it leap year, which comes only once every 4 years, it's also Hiccup's birthday.Toothless has been a very naughty dragon, and ate Stoik the Vast's (oh hear his name and tremble. Ug.Ug.) brand new throne, and his edition of the How to Train your Dragon book. It's up to Hiccup and his friends to break into the Meathead Public Library to burglar another copy; before his father finds out what Toothless has done. This is where we get to meet Stormfly, Camakazi's hunting dragon, a mood dragon. Personally I really enjoyed this one, and found myself guffawing at the parts with the The Very Scary Hairy Librarian.

  • StorySnoops
    2018-11-11 13:15

    The sixth installment of this wildly popular series is just as entertaining as its predecessors, with lots of action, adventure, humor, and a cast of endearing characters to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Readers can't help but root for Hiccup, an underdog with... (click for full review

  • Nilsson
    2018-11-12 13:34

    First off, may I wish him a happy birthday. And second, I don't think I've ever said how much I admire his artwork. A gripping tale about robbing a library that won't let you get books out. A lot of methods to think about.

  • RCEII Elliott
    2018-11-16 18:08

    it is AMAZING. this one is my favorite of all. i love how after there's all the dragon breeds, and the how to speak dragonese. it's just really cool.

  • Haley Judi
    2018-11-29 11:25

    This wasn't keeping my attention at the start, but by the end it had made up to give it those 4 stars.

  • EvaGleitz
    2018-11-21 11:36


  • Charlene
    2018-11-10 12:09

    This series is so very fun.

  • হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
    2018-12-01 19:10

    চারের চেয়ে একটু বেশি। সরল, সুন্দর গল্প, এপিলোগটা চমৎকার। সিরিজের পঞ্চম পর্বে এসে যেমন গল্প একটু ঝুলে গিয়েছিলো, এই ষষ্ঠ পর্বে আবার চনমনে ভাবটা ফিরে এসেছে।

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2018-11-12 16:21

    Libraries are great! I hope Hiccup invests more into them once he becomes chief.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-17 15:13

    Wow, the epilogue felt a bit preachy, though kids probably wouldn't notice or care. (Not that I'm a fan of banning books, but this is How to Train a Dragon, not Farenheit 451!) I enjoyed this one but was a little let down-- I thought I had more of the story to go but instead there were pages and pages of "facts" from the dragon book.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-05 16:21

    I was a bit disappointed in this one. Near the end Hiccup tells a lie to resolve a situation. That bothers me, when this is a hero for young readers. I used it for a teaching moment. The rest of the book was every bit as fun as the last ones.

  • Melissa Cabbage
    2018-12-07 11:30

    Always an entertaining and light book to pass the time (and to meet my reading goals haha)

  • Katherine
    2018-11-10 16:27

    Charming as ever and poking good fun at the hairy-scary librarian

  • James
    2018-11-24 14:13

    Four stars only because it seems a quarter of the book is really an appendix. Loved the story and humor, and especially, laughing about it with my 7 year old.