Thursday, February 28, 2008
How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell - review
What do you want me to say? If the kid in question likes stories about monsters that aren't very scary... if the kid likes the funny... if the kid likes the mythical creatures... yeah man, you can recommend this series of books (How to Train Your Dragon: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) to a lot of kids. Heck, there's a movie contract already, so you know it's got broad appeal. (Either that, or an eleven-year-old orphan, which actually this one does not - Hiccup's father, Stoic the Vast, is alive and well and very loud.)
In fact, we listened to this one on audio. Gerard Doyle was the narrator, and holy moley - the guy really put his back into it! He even sang! He was so entertaining that while we noticed the author's occasional overuse of phrases and words, it just didn't bother us. Based on this reading, Gerard Doyle has made my short list of all-time favorite readers (others are Tim Curry, Jim Dale, Stephen Briggs, and Stephen Fry). Thumbs up.
No, I do have one more thing to say: Hiccup is brave and smart and a loyal friend. This is a funny book with a big heart. Extra thumbs.