Express Lane Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Express Lane Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida CowellHow to Train Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Published by Little Brown on 5/01/2014
Genres: Children's, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: David Tennant
Source: Audible
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Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon...

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

Point One:  I really liked How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.  I picked it up from Audible when I was looking for a quick book.  When I saw that this was narrated by David Tennant, I couldn’t resist.

Point Two:  David Tennant was a wonderful narrator.  He gets to use his Scottish accent, and even though sometimes I had to really concentrate to understand what he said, it was so worth it.

Point Three:  The book is a lot different from the movie.  If go into this book thinking it will be like the movie, you’re in for a surprise.

Point Four:  To really enjoy this book, I think you will need to have an appreciation for children’s books, and I don’t just mean the award winners.  This book was written for entertaining kids solely in mind.  I completely understand why kids love this book so much.

Point Five:  The names of the characters are so much fun.  There’s our main character, Hiccup, and his best friend Fishlegs.  There’s the bully, Snoutlout, and even the Hairy Scary Librarian.  I loved it!

Point Six:  Hiccup is a wonderful main character.  He’s small, and can’t seem to follow the same rules as everyone else in the Hairy Hooligan tribe.  He’s not afraid to try things his way, even if no one else really understands.

Point Seven:  I enjoyed this book so much.  It was a wonderful way to spend Sunday.  It’s a lot different from the movie (or maybe I should say the movie is a lot different from the book), but I love them both equally.


4 Responses to “Express Lane Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell”

  1. Alison @ The Cheap Reader

    I wasn’t impressed by this book. I really, really enjoyed the movie so it was disappointing to see the two be so different. I almost want to give the book (or maybe another book in the series) another chance just so I can hear David Tennant narrate. 😀

    • Quinn

      Yes, I remember that you were disappointed with this one. I love the movie, too, and I saw it before I read this book. But I really did enjoy the book. And seriously, Tennant was such a great narrator. I do think that a large part of why I liked this book so much is because of Tennant’s narration.

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I listened to this for David Tennant too! 🙂 I remember really enjoying it and I think I picked up the next one too! I don’t remember too much about the story, but it is really cute. I’m kinda curious about the movie now – I didn’t know it was so different! Great review! And love the cute new layout!!

    • Quinn

      Seriously, when I saw David Tennant’s name listed as the narrator, I jumped all over it. He was so amazing. I think I will have to listen to the second one so I can listen to Tennant again! I think he should narrator ALL THE AUDIOBOOKS!

      This is definitely different from the movie. I love the movie; it’s really sweet, but it’s definitely different from the book. You should totally watch the movie.

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