How to be a Pirate

Written by Cressida Cowell

Part of the How to Train Your Dragon Series

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LoveReading View on How to be a Pirate

Hiccup, the Viking hero in the world of entertaining and unusual adventures, is back for a new set of adventures on the Pirate Training Programme. Still being trained by Gobbler the Belch, Hiccup learns new skills to help as he searches for Grimbeard the Ghastly’s treasure. Pirates and Vikings and treasure and dragons collide in a glorious romping adventure.

Lovereading4kids adds:

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.

How to be a Pirate Synopsis

THE STORY CONTINUES in the second volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ...Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Can Hiccup find Grimbeard the Ghastly's treasure before Alvin the Treacherous gets his sneaky hands on it? And if Hiccup opens a box that says DO NOT OPEN, will he live to tell the tale? How to Train Your Dragon is soon to be a DreamWorks film starring Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, out in March 2010 adapted from the best selling How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Read the rest of Hiccup's exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in How to Train Your Dragon, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon's Storm, and How to Break a Dragon's Heart. Check out the all-new Hiccup website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own Dragon to do tricks!

How to be a Pirate Press Reviews

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

'A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story.'
- Waterstones Quarterly Magazine

'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

'[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

' ... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.'
- The Financial Times

'Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.'
- Independent on Sunday

'A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with ... riotous illustrations, lists and maps.'
- Books For Keeps

'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing'
- The Times

'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

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ISBN: 9780340999080
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780340999080
Publication date: 15/07/2004
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340999080
Publication date: 4th February 2010
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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 ...

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