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Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon; A Hero’s Guide

Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon; A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons

This summer George and James are taking part in the Staffordshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge.  If they can each get through six books they’ll receive stickers and a medal from the library, as well as completing their mythical reading challenge charts.

James’s first book got us off to a flying start. All three of us are fans of the breath-taking ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ films but I hadn’t realised that there was also a series of books. A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons is the first one that we’ve come across and it was a big hit.

The imaginitive story follows the memoirs of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third before he became the hero we know and love. As a young boy he struggles to make his mark, and in a Hero’s Guide, Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth, in a time when books have been banned.


James (9) thorough enjoyed reading from cover to cover. George (6) had a lot of fun sounding out words that he knew, and marvelling at the illustrations. The loudest laughs probably came from me, especially when Stoick the Vast is drawn into the skirmish

At the end of the book is an enthralling guide to the dragon profiles, sword fighting and the world of the marauders,  to accompany the story and give even more depth to the charaters.

Other books in the serise include How To Speak Dragonese, and How to Twist a Dragon’s Tail.

Learn more about the Staffordshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge here.

Film Reviews:- How to Train Your Dragon 2


This week the three of us watched the sequel to the amazing ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. The original was an instant hit with us, so we had very high hopes for more hilarious hiccup moments, not to mention thrilling dragon rides.

Joining us on our trip was James’s best friend Thomas who had seen the movie before. He had promised us that we wouldn’t be disappointed and when we offered to watch another movie he said that he would definitely watch this one again.

The film delivered excitement and mayhem from the start. The opening sequence is breathtaking, with Astrid and friends enjoying a dragon riding competition to entertain the village.  Meanwhile Hiccup and Toothless have abandoned the competition to go in search of strange new lands, making new friends and foes along the way.

The four of us where thoroughly entertained throughout the entire film. Lots of giggles from James and Thomas from start to finish. At one point I found myself leaning from side to side as Hiccup and Toothless soared majestically through the clouds. 100 minutes of great entertainment for me and the boys.

James’s review:-

Hiccup is on a new adventure! As he finds his lost mum something starts to happen. An unknown ship comes to Berk but then they see millions more ships and dragons behind them!

Hiccup is the main character. He has a young voice and is very brave. The other characters are Valka, Stoick, Gobber, Astrid, Snotlout and lots and lots more.

Every single picture in the whole film is espcially the dragons!

This film is awesome just like the first one, DEFINITLY.

If I was rating it out of 5 it would deserve a 10!

James describes the film he can’t wait to see next: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Transformers are in a new war as everything gets ruined on earth. As Octamos says it is the end of human extinction, the world is ending.

Optimus Prime is the main character and is the leader of the Autobots.

It actually looks like you’re in the film watching the war and I like the way the transformers look.

I think that this is just as good as the other transformers films.