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How to be a Pirate

How to be a Pirate

by Cressida Cowell (Author)


Read the original books before you see the How to Train Your Dragon film! THE STORY CONTINUES in the second volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ...Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Can Hiccup find Grimbeard the Ghastly's treasure before Alvin the Treacherous gets his sneaky hands on it? And if Hiccup opens a box that says DO NOT OPEN, will he live to tell the tale? How to Train Your Dragon is soon to be a DreamWorks film starring Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, out in March 2010 adapted from the best selling How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Read the rest of Hiccup's exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in How to Train Your Dragon, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, and How to Break a Dragon's Heart. Check out the all-new Hiccup website at It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own Dragon to do tricks!


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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published: 15 Jul 2004

ISBN 10: 0340881461
ISBN 13: 9780340881460
Children’s book age: 7-9 Years

Media Reviews
This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps * Books For Keeps *
It's a wonderfully vibrant story, illustrated with the author's hilarious drawings, and told with a delightfully gobby sense of humour * Books Quarterly (Waterstones) *
Cowell is a new star in children's fiction * The Times *
Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike * With Kids *
Very funny indeed * Maidenhead Advertiser *
Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing * Junior Education *
'If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature.' * Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children's editor *


CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.'

* Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times *
A wonderful adventure * The School Librarian *
A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. * Waterstones Quarterly Magazine *
How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper... It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. * Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow *
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. * Books for Keeps *
... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. * The Financial Times *
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. * Independent on Sunday *
An excellent sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, this highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike aged 8-12. * Publishing News *
Full of madcap action, to-the-death battles and hysterical Viking tomfoolery
Cowell is a new star in children's fiction * The Times *
extraordinary, funny and cool * Tom Dillon, Mill Lane Primary School *
good holiday reading for any young adventurer * Reading evening post *
As the tension mounts, an hilarious and warming story emerges. It cries to be read aloud. * The School Librarian *
A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with . . . riotous illustrations, lists and maps. * Books For Keeps *
'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing' * The Times *
Author Bio
Cressida grew up in Chelsea. She studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford Universtiy. She then worked at Macmillan in the Fiction department. She took a BA at St Martins in graphic design and then an MA in Narrative Illustration in Brighton. She is married with two children.