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This is hilarious, entertaining and intelligent. I loved every minute of it. I was hesitant, because kid books usually ruin dragons by making them like dogs. That does not happen in this book. The dragons come in all shapes and sizes and they are all vain and selfish. Hiccup the main character is not overly strong, smart or have heroic powers. He does not usually get out of jams by having good luck (well, most of the time). All the characters, human and dragon, are interesting. I love the names of the characters such as FISH LEGS AND DOG'S BREATH. Dragons have many colors, of which some are POOEY BROWN OR SNOT GREEN. This will be enjoyed by all ages.
YELL AT IT
There was one problem and that was with the volume. At times the sound is whispering and I could not always hear and at other times the volume was loud screaming. It was impossible to adjust the volume to a comfortable level. It was very annoying. I also question the narrators accent. It seemed Scottish or at least not what I expected Vikings to sound like.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
I hope the volume control is not enough to keep you from trying the book, it would really be a shame to miss out on this excellent book. If it is too much for you, you could always return it.
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Consider this to be a review of the series, and not just this book. Though the book is good, the series gets stronger and stronger (and a bit darker) as it moves along:
I listened to this series with two children (6 and 9), and we all really enjoyed it. David Tennant (!!) is a stunning reader, though the accents can be a little challenging at times, and there is occasionally some sound effects or music as well. Cressida Cowell can write as well - mixed in with the typical elements of middle school adventures (incompetent adults, dumb bullies, heroic kids who don't fit in) and humor are some beautiful turns of phrase and even some real melancholy, especially in the epilogues. You miss the illustrations in the book, but it is more than made up for by the reading.
This is a total winner for adults and kids. There is lots of action, a bit of potty humor, some sly phrasing that appeals to adults (Hiccup's mother is "Valhallarama of the White Arms and Chunky Thighs"), and some violence that is occasionally just shy of too graphic/scary for an elementary schooler. In short, an excellent series when your kids are not quite ready for Harry Potter, but you can't read another Magic Treehouse or Rainbow Fairies without screaming.
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