Caramel has been reviewing the books in Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series (2001-2015) one by one. He last reviewed the tenth book in the series: How to Seize A Dragon’s Heart. Just recently he obtained copies of the last two books in the series and is getting ready to review them for the book bunnies blog. But in the meantime, he wanted to talk about a little book that Cressida Cowell wrote (or apparently, translated from the Dragonese) in 2006: How to Train Your Viking by Toothless the Dragon. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: Okay, Caramel, so we just read this book together, and I think at 74 pages, this is the shortest book from Cowell about Hiccup and Toothless, no?
Caramel: Yup, at least the shortest I’ve read.
S: True, there might be other books, possibly for younger folks, that might be shorter. But this is definitely shorter than the ten books you read from the How To Train Your Dragon series, right?
C: Yes. And it is not quite a part of the series really.
S: So tell our readers what this book is then.
C: This is a story told by Toothless. All the ten books I read from the series are told from Hiccup’s point of view. But this time, Toothless is telling us a story.
S: Yes, and it is a pretty neat story I thought.
C: Yes. In this story, Hiccup and Fishlegs are still pretty young and so is Toothless. The young Vikings are in a hunting competition, and they are supposed to have their dragons hunt fish for them.
S: And then what happens?
C: Toothless eats a ton of glow-worms, those are nanodragons that the hunting dragons like to eat. And don’t worry, they are not being cannibals. Nanodragons are a different species, very small and apparently delicious according to Toothless. So Toothless says it is like humans eating chicken, not like humans eating each other.
S: I see.
C: Toothless is too full to hunt but then the glow-worms in his tummy light up and help them catch lots of fish. And then …
S: Wait, don’t give away all of the details!
C: Okay, I won’t. I will stop here. I will just say that the rest of the adventure involves a DarkBreather, a horrible terrible sea monster with a huge mouth.
S: Okay, I think that is a good clue to share with our readers, just enough to whet their appetites.
C: But I do have to say DarkBreathers are scary and they drink BLOOD…
S: Wow! Okay, I think we should not scare our readers too much!
C: Oh, they should not worry. It is not a scary story really, but really fun to read.
S: So quite a typical story from the How to Train Your Dragon world, right?
C: Yes, but a new one, it was not one that we had read earlier from Hiccup’s view.
S: Okay, so then let us think about the book more generally. What three words would you use to describe it?
C: Funny, adventurous, and interesting characters.
S: Well, we knew the characters from the other books already, no?
C: Yes, but hearing about them from Toothless is fun.
S: I see. And the dragons are still much smaller than the ones in the movies and the animated series, right? They are small, like big hunting birds?
C: Yes. Some are the size of an eagle or a hawk. The books are very different.
S: But I do know you like those series a lot too.
C: Yes. And I really really like one of the songs from them. Can we put a video of “This is Berk” here?
S: I think we can. Let me see. For some reason I am not able to embed the video (even though we can embed other YouTube videos to our posts), but here is a link for folks to listen if they want to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNPIih4X7SA And this is the link we have used more often: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWr0hSKLcXY Unfortunately, both have some ads at the beginning.
C: No worries. I love this music!
S: I know. Maybe you think about flying on your own dragon?
S: A little bunny on a dragon might not be too safe.
C: Meh, nothing is safe in this world.
S: A pretty insightful statement from a little bunny, but as your mommy bunny, I am not sure I like that sentiment coming from you.
C: Aw come on. You know I am always careful!
S: I know. I know you would definitely be careful if you were flying a dragon!
C: I wish! But can we at least put a trailer of one of the movies?
S: Okay, let us try.
C: The movies are really fun too but I also really like the books.
S: I know! Okay, I think this is a good time to wrap up our review. I know our readers will be looking forward to your reviews of the last two books from the series.
C: Yes, they are coming! Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!