Caramel has been going through the How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell these past few weeks. He has already reviewed the first four books for the book bunnies blog: How To Train Your Dragon, How to Be A Pirate, How To Speak Dragonese, and How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse. Today he talks about the fifth book in this series: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what happens in this fifth book of the How To Train Your Dragon series?
Caramel: The same as every other one of them. Hiccup gets in trouble and then gets out of trouble.
S: That sounds like you are getting bored of this series. Are you?
S: So it is somewhat formulaic but you still find it a lot of fun to read?
C: Yes. There is a new character called Humongous, Humongously Hotshot. He plays an important role in the story.
S: So tell us a bit about that story. But please, no spoilers this time.
C: The book starts with Hiccup in the pirate training program, herding reindeer on dragon back. As you can probably expect, Toothless messes everything up. Again. Like he did in all the other books.
S: So is Toothless silly, impulsive, or volatile? Why doe he always mess things up?
C: He gets too excited about everything and that causes trouble.
S: I saw you giggling your way through the book. Is it just as hilarious as the earlier books?
C: Yes. If you like the other books in the series, you will like this too. For sure.
S: It seems to me that the books are independent from one another. Is that true?
C: Not so much. Some characters from earlier books show up and knowing them from those earlier stories really helps. There is Alvin the Treacherous who shows up here. And he is a pretty good bad guy. But he first showed up in How to Be a Pirate. That was the second book.
S: I see. So there is some continuity and development in the characters, and the basic story of Hiccup keeps developing. But the individual books have distinct adventures which are relatively self-contained.
C: Yes, that is right.
S: So maybe you can give me your three words to describe the book.
C: Funny, adventurous, and fantasy.
S: You have used the first two before, but fantasy is new.
C: But fantasy does work for all the books. This is fantasy because Romans, Vikings, and dragons all live in the same world.
S: That makes sense of course Caramel. So let us wrap this up so you can move on to the next book in the series.
C: Yes, but I am actually reading a different book now, and that will probably be my next review.
S: That sounds intriguing. Readers will need to wait a week to see what this other book is. But for now, what do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!