If you’re stuck for a series of books to introduce to your child, you won’t go wrong with Cressida Cowell’s “How to Train Your Dragon”. This is a marvelous series of books that has been and still is one of G1’s all-time favourite books. Cressida Cowell has a knack for story-telling with a wit that will leave your child gleefully entertained for hours. I only hope she doesn’t wait too long before she releases the last book in the series…
Introducing How to Train Your Dragon…
When G1 was 5, I introduced him to the movie “How to Train Your Dragon“. Although his initial reaction was somewhat lukewarm, I have to say that once it grew on him, he was a die-hard dragon-fan.
So enraptured by the story was he that I decided to buy him the first book in the series written by Cressida Cowell. At that time, I did not realise that the movie had made a serious departure from the storyline of the book. If I had feared that this difference would put him off the book, I should not have because Cressida Cowell is such an accomplished writer that her wonderfully engaging and humourous style won my son over so completely that he was on the pre-order waitlists for each new book as soon as they became available. “How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero“, the penultimate book in the series, was released last year and after completing it he has been desperate for the final book ever since.
Time has worn down his constant pestering for the book but he still asks me on occasion if there are any new books from the How to Train Your Dragon series. The release of the sequel movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2” has brought back his Dragon Fever…
Unfortunately, there have been no new books to accompany the release of the movie except for these books on the dragons:
Volume 2 is available for pre-order but it won’t be out until August 26:
The original “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell has also been re-released as a special edition containing two additional short stories that I have been hunting for, unsuccessfully, for a while now:
- The Day of the Dreader – the tale of a truly dreadful Seadragon who challenges the Hairy Hooligans to a standoff
- How to Train Your Viking – a dragon’s eye view with Toothless the Dragon narrating an epic tale
If you’ve been searching for them, too, here’s your chance to snap them up with this special edition of “How to Train Your Dragon” – the original book that started it all…
Children love to draw their favourite characters. Now you can help them learn to draw their favourite dragons with How to Train Your Dragon 2: Draw-It Dragons –
With all the merchandise that has followed this hit series, I am honestly surprised that they haven’t attempted to create a “Book of Dragons” – like the one in the first movie (that was subsequently featured in the TV series – Riders of Berk). Yes, I realise that the books on dragons listed above are probably it, but I was thinking more along the lines of a hard cover “leather-bound” book – like the Dracopedias (food for thought for the marketing team, perhaps).
In the meantime, this is probably about as close as you will get to it or if you get Cressida Cowell’s recently released – The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species…
You can certainly also inspire your child to make her own “Book of Dragons”.
While you’re waiting for the last book in the series, you should try these How to Train Your Dragon Games, if you haven’t already:
- Dreamworks Dragon Wild Skies – train your dragons
- Dragon Drop – brain game testing your wits – can you save all the sheep and direct them to the ship?
- School of Dragons
- Write in Dragonese