Caramel reviews How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell

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.

Caramel reviews How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.
Caramel reviews How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.

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?

C: Yes.

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.

Caramel is reading How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.
Caramel is reading How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.

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!

Caramel really enjoyed How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell, and is looking forward to moving on to the next book.
Caramel really enjoyed How to Speak Dragonese (Book #3 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell, and is looking forward to moving on to the next book.

Caramel reviews How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell

Last week Caramel reviewed How To Train Your Dragon, the book that started a whole franchise, written by Cressida Cowell. Today he is talking about the second book in the series: How to Be A Pirate. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.
Caramel reviews How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us about this book.

Caramel: This book is the second book of the How To Train Your Dragon series. And I think you should read this book too!

S: Tell me more.

C: In this book, we learn about a new dragon called a Skullion. They live on the Isle of the Skullions. The Vikings have to go to that island to find the treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. But there is a decoy instead of the real treasure.

S: Oh, don’t give away too many clues!

C: And Snotlout finds the decoy, but he still brags about it. He thinks he found the real treasure. And everyone believes him. Until Hiccup finds the real treasure.

S: Oh that sounds exciting!

C: Then there is a new character named Alvin. He is supposed to be an honest farmer but he turns out to be not so honest. But I won’t tell anymore. You must read it yourself.

S: Okay, I agree that you already told us a lot. So let us stop here with the plot.

S: Tell us now about the drawings in the book.

C: There are pictures on almost every other page.

S: Who is the illustrator?

C: Cressida Cowell both wrote and illustrated the book.

S: That is really interesting! Tell me about one of your favorite illustrations in the book then Caramel.

C: There is a drawing of the Skullions and there is all the statistics about them there too. That is where you learn that the Skullion is about ten feet tall, and it cannot fly or see or hear, but it has a very good sense of smell, and is extremely dangerous.

S: Hmm, that sounds worrisome. And Hiccup and the others still have to go to the Isle of Skullions, right?

C: Yes.

S: But the pictures are pretty good, right? There are all sorts of illustrations …

C: Yes, there is one with Toothless doing his poo in Alvin’s helmet.

S: That is pretty naughty!

C: It is! And then there is another one with Toothless trying to look innocent but kind of failing and it says “Does this look like the sort of dragon who would poo in a helmet?” Of course he does!

Caramel is pointing to the illustration of Toothless with the words "Does this look like the sort of dragon who would poo in a helmet?" around him in How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.
Caramel is pointing to the illustration of Toothless with the words “Does this look like the sort of dragon who would poo in a helmet?” around him in How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell.

S: Okay, I can see why you like the humor in this book.

C: Yes! The book is really funny!

S: Okay, so I am guessing “funny” would be one of your words for the book. Give me two more to describe the book then.

C: Intriguing, because there is a dragon on the cover of the book but I could not learn who that is. And it is amazing, because I had a lot of fun reading it!

S: Okay, I guess those will do. So what do you want to tell our readers as we wrap this up?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel loved reading How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell, and recommends it to all bunnies!
Caramel loved reading How to Be A Pirate (Book #2 of How to Train Your Dragon Series) by Cressida Cowell, and recommends it to all bunnies!

Caramel reviews How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

The little members of the book bunnies household have been fascinated by the How to Train Your Dragon series in all its manifestations, including the movies and the serials. Marshmallow even reviewed one of the books, How to Steal A Dragon’s Sword, for the blog about two years ago. This year Caramel finally got his paws to the actual books themselves, and today he wanted to review the first book. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell, the book that started it all.
Caramel reviews How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell, the book that started it all.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, why don’t you start by telling me what this book is about? Assume that I have never heard of How to Train Your Dragon.

Caramel: This is the first How to Train Your Dragon book I read!

S: Okay, so what is it about?

C: It’s about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. Hiccup is the son of Stoick the Vast who is the chief of the Hairy Hooligans tribe. They are Vikings. Stoick the Vast is really fat and Hiccup is really skinny.

S: So Hiccup is not like his father, but not only in size, right?

C: Yes. Exactly. Hiccup is not much into fighting but his father wants him to be a real Viking, a real warrior.

S: So how do the dragons come in?

C: Dragons and humans are friends. This is different in the movies because in the movies they are enemies at the beginning. In the book, they all get to have a dragon and train it.

S: That is interesting.

C: Yes. In the book they also say that only chiefs and sons of chiefs can have a special dragon, a monstrous nightmare. But instead of Hiccup, another boy named Snotlout gets the monstrous nightmare. Hiccup doesn’t even try actually.

S: Hmm, so this is in line with his not being chief material, according to his dad, right?

C: Exactly.

Caramel is reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell.
Caramel is reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell.

S: So how different is the book from the movie? I know you love the movies. Do you like the book version, too?

C: Yes! You should read the book! It is different from the movie but it is good!

S: Tell me more.

C: Toothless in the book is tiny. In the movies he is big enough to fly and carry Hiccup on his back when flying.

S: That’s very interesting. But Toothless is still Hiccup’s friend in the book, too, right, like in the movies?

C: Yes. And apparently dragons can talk to Hiccup. He is the only person who can speak Dragonese, the native language of the dragons. This does not happen in the movies.

S: So do you learn how to train a dragon in the book?

C: Not really.

S: Why do you think the author named these books that?

C: I don’t know. You do learn a lot about dragons though. There is a page where there are some sentences in Dragonese, and then the English versions.

S: Well, you mean dragons who live in the world of this particular series… Okay, looking at how eager you are to move on to the second book, I am guessing you really liked this one. So before we wrap up, tell us your three words for the book.

C: Funny, adventurous, interesting, especially because it is so different from the movies, but I still really liked it.

S: That sounds good Caramel. Then let us end this. What do you say to our readers?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel has very much enjoyed finally reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell and is all ready to dive into the second book.
Caramel has very much enjoyed finally reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell and is all ready to dive into the second book.

Caramel reviews The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes

Caramel has already reviewed the graphic novel versions of the first three books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. (See Caramel’s review of The Dragonet Prophesy here; his review of The Lost Heir is here; and finally his review of The Hidden Kingdom is here.) Today, for his last review for 2020 (and the last review of the book bunnies until February 2021), he decided to review the fourth book in the series that appeared (just yesterday!) as a graphic novel: The Dark Secret (adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, art work by Mike Holmes, color by Maarta Laiho). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions as needed.

Caramel reviews The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes.
Caramel reviews The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, I saw you were so eager to get your paws on this book as soon as possible. Was it worth the wait?

Caramel: Yup. Most definitely.

S: So you have read it once so far. What happens in this book?

C: In the beginning Starflight finds himself in the Night Kingdom because some NightWings have kidnapped him.

S: Oh then, the rest of the book is him trying to get back?

C: Nope. There is that but there are a lot of other things happening, too. They run to the rain forest and have other adventures.

S: Do we learn more about the prophesy in this book?

C: Yes, apparently, it’s … oops, I should not spoil it for the readers. But yes, we learn a lot of new things that I didn’t know.

S: At least tell us: are they interesting and surprising?

C: Yep yep yep!

Caramel is reading The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes.
Caramel is reading The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes.

S: Tell me more about Starflight. Did we meet him before in one of the earlier books?

C: Yes, of course. He is one of the five dragons the prophesy says will save the world. Remember, he is a NightWing but cannot tell the future or read minds like most others can.

S: So each of the books tells the adventures of one of these five dragons, right?

C: Right. The first one was about Clay, the MudWing. The second was about Tsunami, the SeaWing. The third was about Glory, the RainWing. And this is about Starflight, the NightWing. Then of course the fifth one should be about Sunny, who is a SandWing.

S: That seems to me to be a good narrative strategy for series. I do hope you will some day read the books these graphic novels are based upon, too. I expect those will have a lot more details about these characters and their world.

C: Yes, I think I will some day. But for now I want to read the graphic novels over and over again.

S: Okay then. We can wrap up this review so you can read it again.

C: Sure.

S: We should also remind our readers that we will be off for January 2021, and we will be back in February 2021.

C: Yes! Happy new year everyone! And stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel has very much enjoyed reading The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes, and is looking forward to rereading it over and over through the holidays. .
Caramel has very much enjoyed reading The Dark Secret (Book Four of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes, and is looking forward to rereading it over and over through the holidays. .