Sunday, August 05, 2007

How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell - review

How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell. Age 5 to 10.

What do you want me to say? If the kid in question likes stories about monsters that aren't very scary... if the kid likes the funny... if the kid likes the mythical creatures... yeah man, you can recommend this series of books (The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) to a lot of kids. Hell, there's a movie contract already, so you know it's got broad appeal. (Either that, or an eleven-year-old orphan, which actually this one does not - Hiccup's father, Stoic the Vast, is alive and well and very loud.)

In fact, we listened to this one on audio. Gerard Doyle was the narrator, and my god - the guy really put his back into it! He even sang! He was so entertaining that while we noticed the occasional overuse of phrases and words, it just didn't bother us. Based on this reading, Gerard Doyle has made my short list of all-time favorite readers (others are Tim Curry, Jim Dale, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Campbell Scott, and Stephen Fry). Thumbs up.

No, I do have one more thing to say: Hiccup is brave and smart and a loyal friend. This is a funny book with a big heart. Extra thumbs.