In these past few weeks, Caramel has been reading the How To Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell. And he has already reviewed for our blog How To Train Your Dragon, the book that started it all, and How to Be A Pirate, the second book of the series. Today he is reviewing How To Speak Dragonese, the third book. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you finished the third book of the How To Train Your Dragon series. What is the main storyline in this one?
Caramel: The main character is again Hiccup, but we meet a few new characters. Ziggerastica and Camicazi. The first one is a small dragon and the second is a Viking girl. She is from a different tribe than Hiccup. They are called the Bog Burglars.
S: So there are some new characters. That is interesting. Tell me then: what is happening?
C: There are Romans in this one. They have a hidden outpost called Fort Sinister and they are trying to take all the dragons in the Barbaric Archipelago and turn them into handbags or food.
S: Oh, so Hiccup’s task is to save the dragons from the Romans?
S: And he does this with the cooperation of his friends and dragons?
C: Yes, Fishlegs and Toothless help him. But my favorite character in the book is Gobber.
S: Who is that?
C: Gobber the Belch is a Hairy Hooligan, from Hiccup’s tribe. His funniest line in the story is in the back of the book:
“THE BOAT SORT OF SANK?” roared Gobber. “YOU CALL YOURSELVES VIKINGS AND YOU SORT OF SINK YOUR OWN BOAT ON A PERFECTLY CALM DAY TWO HUNDRED METERS FROM YOUR OWN ISLAND? WHAT KIND OF HOOLIGANS ARE YOU ANYWAYS? YOU CAN’T BUILD BOATS, YOU CAN’T TRAIN DRAGONS, FISHLEGS HERE CAN’T EVEN SWIM…”
“Saltwater brings out my eczema…” mumbled Fishlegs.
S: I know you have loved reading these books not only because they remind you of the animated series or the movies but also because they are absolutely hilarious. Is this book as funny as the first two?
C: Yes. Possibly even funnier.
S: So I bet “hilarious” could be one of your descriptive words for this book, right?
C: Yes definitely.
S: What other words would you add to that to describe this book? We usually give three. So you need two more.
C: Good plot twists and neat illustrations.
S: Hmm, that is more than two more words, but you described the reasons why you liked the book well. So do you see yourself rereading this book?
C: Yes, and you should read it too. But now I need to move to the next book. At the very end there is something like a cliffhanger. So I want to know what happens next.
S: Hmm, then let us not delay you too much. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!