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The How to train your Dragon films have been a huge success (check out my review of it HERE). The book that started the increasingly popular franchise is definitely worth a look too.
The books do share many of the same named characters as the films and they are about Vikings and dragons, but other than that they follow a very different plot.
In the book the children have to go through a series of coming of age challenges that involve finding and training dragons to work for them. There is no human/dragon conflict in the book like there is in the movie version.
Instead the books main plot follows Hiccup, son of the village leader, as he attempts to train his rather awkward dragon Toothless.
In this original version of the story Vikings learn to train dragons using a famous book; How to train your Dragon. This book contains only one instruction; “yell at your Dragon”. Hiccup refuses to train Toothless by shouting at him and so the story follows the pair of them as they battle for control.
One of the biggest changes the film made is that in the book the children do not ride their dragons. This is one of the most exciting features of the films and I can definitely see why the filmmakers would have done it.
It’s a wonderful book with lovely rough and ready illustrations that would be great to share with children around the age of 8 or 9. The book isn’t particularly hard to read but some of the character’s names can be a little challenging.
If your little one is a fan of the films it is definitely worth a look.