How To Be A Pirate by Cressida Cowell
  

How To Be A Pirate

Cressida Cowell

Part of the How to Train Your Dragon Series
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This is side-splittingly funny, wonderfully written and sure to appeal to children from about 8 upwards. It’s pirates with a big twist that includes a toothless dragon and a raft of peculiar people. Enough said, it’s a laugh on every page.

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Synopsis

How To Be A Pirate by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and everso hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.

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'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 * 'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing' * The Times * A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with . . . riotous illustrations, lists and maps. * Books For Keeps * As the tension mounts, an hilarious and warming story emerges. It cries to be read aloud. * The School Librarian * good holiday reading for any young adventurer * Reading evening post * extraordinary, funny and cool * Tom Dillon, Mill Lane Primary School * Cowell is a new star in children's fiction * The Times * Full of madcap action, to-the-death battles and hysterical Viking tomfoolery 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 * Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. * Independent on Sunday * ... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. * The Financial Times * [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 * 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 * A wonderful adventure * The School Librarian * A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. * Waterstones Quarterly Magazine * A wonderful adventure * The School Librarian * Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing * Junior Education * 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 * Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing * Junior Education * Very funny indeed * Maidenhead Advertiser * Very funny indeed * Maidenhead Advertiser * Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike * With Kids * Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike * With Kids * Cowell is a new star in children's fiction * The Times * Cowell is a new star in children's fiction * The Times * 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) * 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) * This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps * Books For Keeps * This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps * Books For Keeps *'

About the Author

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather.

Every year, Cressida’s family spent four weeks of the summer, and two weeks of the spring, on the island. The family had to catch their own fish to eat. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no telephone or television, so Cressida spent her time drawing and writing stories.

In the evening, Cressida’s father read the children tales of the Vikings, who had invaded this island Archipelago over half a millennium before, of the quarrelsome Tribes who fought and tricked each other, and of legendary dragons who were supposed to live in the caves in the cliffs. This was how Cressida herself first began to write stories about Vikings and dragons, back when she was eight or nine years old. Many years later, she turned her original childhood ideas into the book How to Train Your Dragon, featuring Hiccup the reluctant Viking, and his equally reluctant dragon, Toothless.

When Cressida wasn’t on the island, she was going to school at Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she met and became close friends with Lauren Child, a fellow author/illustrator and the creator of TV’s Charlie and Lola. Cressida and Lauren remain close friends. Indeed Lauren is godmother to Cressida’s daughter Clemmie.

After school, Cressida obtained a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton.
Cressida wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Little Bo Peep’s Library Book, for Hodder Children’s Books in 1998. Her first novel for eight to twelve year olds, How to Train Your Dragon, was published to popular and critical acclaim in 2003: ‘The next big thing in children’s literature,’ wrote The Independent on Sunday. ‘Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing,’ said The Times.

How to Train Your Dragon has now been published in over thirty languages. Film rights were sold to DreamWorks Animation in 2003 for a substantial sum and the filmed version was released into cinemas in March 2010. The 3D animated film from the studio that created Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (the directors of Lilo and Stich) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (who produced Toy Story).

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Format

Paperback
240 pages

Author

Cressida Cowell
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Author's Website

www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

15th July 2004

ISBN

9780340999080

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