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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon #6)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,792 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
It's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Hodder Children's Books (first published 2008)
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Anne
Dec 22, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-copy
dwagon

To everyone who's only familiar with the movie/series adaptation of How to Train your Dragon, I can't emphasize enough on how the books are SO much better. I mean, the animated version isn't bad or anything, it's certainly enjoyable, but the books...the BOOKS!

toothless

Yes, one of the biggest differences involves Toothless. In the movies, Toothless is a Night Fury, a big, rare and dangerous dragon. In the books, he's a Common or Garden dragon, the smallest of all the hunting dragons around. He's a bit of
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miaaa
If book #1 to #5 mostly about being adventurous and about being yourself, somehow I feel that Cowell tries to send a deeper message here in this book.

Let me share with you Hiccup's note:

"I myself grew up to be not only a Hero, but also a Writer. When I was an adult, I rewrote A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, and I included not only some descriptions of the various deadly dragon species, and a useful Dragonese Dictionary, but also this story of hose the book came to be written in the first pla
...more
The Flooze
Six books in and I'm still immensely entertained by this series. Though there's a common thread throughout all the stories - brain over brawn - each book brings with it related, worthwhile messages. (And a lot of boobie humour.)

A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons centers largely on one of Hiccup’s favorite topics: the value of books. (This Viking is one of us, don’t you see?) Unfortunately, Hiccup lives in a world where books are banned ::gasp:: and the very idea of reading them - let alone writing
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Ani Lopez
Feb 11, 2015 Ani Lopez rated it liked it
Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...

And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky."
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
For some reason it took me ages to read this one. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite of the series so far. I feel like the books before this one had more compelling plots but this one was just kind of about the characters running around in a library (from an evil killer librarian, but still). At least Stormfly was introduced in this one though––YAAAY. :D

I might write a longer review eventually.
King Haddock
It wasn't that this was a horrible installment of the "How to Train Your Dragon" novel series. However, it lacked much of the luster that has characterized many of the other books. In a typical novel, I expect to laugh over crude and silly humor, go on a high stakes adventure, and watch Hiccup magically pull out tricks to save himself in the nick of time. In all these areas, though, "A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons" does not fully deliver.

The Downsides

The humor was present but not quite as flam
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D.C.
Feb 22, 2015 D.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I dunno... it was just so short, much shorter then the others, and with much less substance and humor. I absolutely LOVED the Dragon Dictionary and Dragonese Finder in the back (and there's a funny piece of wisdom somewhere), but as for the story, meh.
Emily
Jul 22, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This one isn't as long as the others because the last quarter of the book is made of up a "Book of Dangerous Dragons" and a "Dictionary of Dragonese". Still, the story that is there is a good one, especially since Stoick is finally proud of his son. At the beginning, it is Hiccup's birthday. However he is having a bad day, partly because of Toothless and partly because of Stoick. But his friend Camicazi suggests that he remedy the situation which of course leads the pair, along with Fishlegs and ...more
Fantasy♥Magic♥Love
In A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons it's Hiccups's birthday and unusual as it is on the 29th February (a leap year). Apparently this one was his third birthday. Get it?

Anyway let's move on. This is another beautiful, funny and fun tale of the How to Train Your Dragon Series .
Plus, in this one are.... BOOKS mentioned... Yes, you heard me right: "Vikings and books?"
Well, in Hiccup's case and also because he's yet again on a quest to find a book that will restore the good faith in Toothless and m
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Miss Ryoko
This one may be my favorite storyline so far of all the books.

I really do love Hiccup as a character. While he's a bit less sarcastic in the books, he's still quite great. I also really love Camicazi!

Stormfly showed up in this tome, but just like everything else, she is completely different from the movie. She is not a Deadly Natter, she's actually a mood dragon, which was quite fun. And I liked the fact she spoke Norse.

This book also had pretty much the greatest literary line every written in
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Robbie
Nov 19, 2011 Robbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This is #6 in the books on which the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" was loosely based. I loved the movie...not so much the book. This is the only one I've read but the excessive descriptive mentions of the character "Big-Boobied Bertha" turned me off. I can't say how many times Cowell talks about her excessively large bosum and its accomplishments but it was "a lot" too many. In the dragonese section in the back "piss-person" is used frequently...also a turn-off. I don't think my boys will be ...more
Alberto
First off, may I wish him a happy birthday. And second, I don't think I've ever said how much I admire his artwork. A gripping tale about robbing a library that won't let you get books out. A lot of methods to think about.
Celestia
Jan 09, 2015 Celestia rated it really liked it
From my 8 year old:

This story is about Hiccup. Hiccup is a Viking. On his birthday he tells his dragon to eat his wood. Then he goes off to a pick-pocketing contest. After it is over he goes back to his house. He sees that his dragon hasn't eaten any of his wood but has eaten part of his father's throne. Then his dad comes home and gets mad at him. Then his dad starts looking for How to Train Your Dragon. Hiccup finds out it has been eaten by his dragon. Then he decides to go off to the Meathead
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Melissa
Setting most of this book in a library?? How could I not love it! Toothless wrecks havoc again and eats the copy of "How to Train Your Dragon" right when Stoick was looking for it. So naturally, Hiccup, Fishlegs and Camicazi decide to break into the Meathead Public Library and steal another copy to replace it before Stoick finds out. Thought to only be guarded by the Hairy Scary Librarian, our hapless heroes soon find multiple types of dragons are also on the lookout for intruders, and things (a ...more
StorySnoops
May 01, 2011 StorySnoops rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sixth installment of this wildly popular series is just as entertaining as its predecessors, with lots of action, adventure, humor, and a cast of endearing characters to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Readers can't help but root for Hiccup, an underdog with... (click for full review http://www.storysnoops.com/detail.php...)
Shara Karlin
Nov 30, 2015 Shara Karlin rated it it was amazing
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell is the sixth book in the How to train your Dragon series. This book takes place on Hiccup's 12th birthday. It is all about his adventures with his friends to the Meathead public library.

A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons is another great book. It is also a great story to read. The author introduces the reader to new characters. Toothless is still my favorite character. This is because it's still it is still funny how he acts around people and ot
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Gaele
Sep 13, 2014 Gaele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5

Hiccup is turning 12, and when you only have a birthday every four years, you really want to make your day special. But, it seems as if all of the fates have conspired against him: all he wanted was a quiet day- perhaps to read or write a bit, and to not have to participate in Viking training.

But, this is a story about the Hairy Hooligans and Hiccup’s struggle as he tries to meet the expectations of his father and the tribe, all while trying
...more
Gaele
Sep 13, 2014 Gaele rated it it was amazing
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5

Hiccup is turning 12, and when you only have a birthday every four years, you really want to make your day special. But, it seems as if all of the fates have conspired against him: all he wanted was a quiet day- perhaps to read or write a bit, and to not have to participate in Viking training.

But, this is a story about the Hairy Hooligans and Hiccup’s struggle as he tries to meet the expectations of his father and the tribe, all while trying
...more
Rubi
Sep 01, 2014 Rubi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story took place during Hiccup's 12th birthday. The poor boy awoke to another disaster caused by Toothless and an adventure in an attempt to fix it.
His father made a bet with Camakazi's mom about who's tribe were the best burglars. And since Toothless destroyed the How To Train Your Dragon book, Hiccup and company decide to steal another copy.
He ends up defeating the Scary Librarian and undoing the law against reading for saving both his father and Camakazi's mother.
He also discovered a
...more
Nicole
Aug 18, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
C has read this entire series this month. I'd read a few of them with varying success, but I told her to pick the best one and I'd read it. She gave me this one. Excellent choice! Set in a library, introduces Stormfly, (the girl dragon...who in this version changes color like a mood ring...so girly! lol), and a nice message about the value of books.

I still could live without Big-Boobied Bertha. I find her descriptions to be immature (obviously) and unnecessary, but perhaps my age is showing thro
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হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
চারের চেয়ে একটু বেশি। সরল, সুনদর গলপ, এপিলোগটা চমৎকার। সিরিজের পঞচম পরবে এসে যেমন গলপ একটু ঝুলে গিয়েছিলো, এই ষষঠ পরবে আবার চনমনে ভাবটা ফিরে এসেছে। ...more
Sydney
Jan 29, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was different than the other books in the series, but I still really enjoyed it. It was fun read.

In this book it takes place on Hiccup's birthday, and Hiccup has to steal a book from the Library, which was heavily guarded, in order to save his little dragon from being banished. We also get to meet Camicazi's dragon, Stormfly. And toothless has crush on Stormfly, it's so cute.

Since this book was shorter, there was some pages of extra information, like a dragonese dictionary, and inform
...more
RCEII Elliott
Jun 11, 2013 RCEII Elliott rated it it was amazing
it is AMAZING. this one is my favorite of all. i love how after there's all the dragon breeds, and the how to speak dragonese. it's just really cool.
Anjela
Oct 20, 2015 Anjela rated it really liked it
I applaud Cressida Cowell's brilliant closing words to her readers, both young and wrinkly.

"You, dear reader, I am sure cannot imagine what it might to be like to live in a world in which books are banned.

For surely such things will never happen in the Future?

Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...

And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky.”



Haley Judi
Jun 17, 2015 Haley Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't keeping my attention at the start, but by the end it had made up to give it those 4 stars.
Mrs W
Apr 30, 2015 Mrs W rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2015
Hiccup hopes for a peaceful, laid-back birthday, but readers can count on Toothless to spoil those plans. This time, Toothless destroys Stoic’s throne. Stoic is already having a bad day and threatens to banish Toothless if he misbehaves like that again. Unfortunately, Toothless already has. He’s burned the very How To Train Your Dragon manual that Stoic needs so he can prove to Big-Boobied Bertha that the Hooligan tribe is just as good at burglary as the Bog-Burglars. The only solution is for Hi ...more
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Libraries are great! I hope Hiccup invests more into them once he becomes chief.
Dannuel Saùl Delizo
The twelfth birthday of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was really epic that he lifted the prohibition of books in the Isle of Berk and other inner islands!!!

Why?

Well, he had a very shattering adventure with Fishlegs, Toothless and Camicazi again. At first, he thought it was goin to be a very sad birthday because Toothless ate and burned Stoick the Vast's throne and How to Train Your Dragon book. Stoick even gave his final banishment warning to Toothless. of course, Hiccup would do anything just
...more
Amy
Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the other books in the series. I think it was a nice little adventure, but it didn't have as much depth and character development as the other books. I did enjoy the love of reading theme found in the book and some of the world-building however. The Meathead Public Library was an interesting place to explore. I also thought the characters, Hairy Scary Librarian and Stormfly, were interesting additions to the series. Overall, it's
...more
Charlene
Jun 08, 2010 Charlene rated it it was amazing
This series is so very fun.
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Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own w ...more
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“But how can we know that dragons did not exist? We have never actually BEEN to the Dark Ages.” 39 likes
“I myself grew up to be not only a Hero, but also a Writer. When I was an adult, I rewrote A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, and I included not only some descriptions of the various deadly dragon species, and a useful Dragonese Dictionary, but also this story of how the book came to be written in the first place.

This is the book that you are holding in your hands right now.

Perhaps you even borrowed it from a Library?

If so, thank Thor that the sinister figure of the Hairy Scary Librarian is not lurking around a corner, hiding in the shadows, Heart-Slicers at the ready, or that the punishment for your curiosity is not the whirring whine of a Driller Dragon's drill.

You, dear reader, I am sure cannot imagine what it might to be like to live in a world in which books are banned.

For surely such things will never happen in the Future?

Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...

And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky.”
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