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How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  4,122 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Reluctant hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find...a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge the terrible Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero. Again.
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2006)
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The Flooze
These books are quite delightful. Terribly loud, rude vikings storm around, yelling and fighting and insulting everyone, whilst poor Hiccup proves himself by embodying the exact opposite of everything he's been taught. He's an admirable character, and all the others seem ludicrous by comparison.

Our loyal and determined Hero sets out on an improbable quest to find an antidote, dealing with ridiculously large dragons, particularly nutty barbarians, and potentially fictional vegetables. As usual t
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miaaa
Old Wrinkly's (Hiccup grandfather on his mother's side) Cures for Common Ilnesses:

- Cold: Stuff a small carrot up each nostril to stop a running nose. Remember to breathe through MOUTH.

- Upset Stomach: Drink a cupful of live earwigs. The insects will the germs in your small intestine and eat them. Probably.

- Chicken Pox: Point the spots with Old Wrinkly's soothing lotion of Runny Seagull Poo. This will relieve the itching. It will also cause your friends to stay away from you, thus protecting th
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Gaele
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4


It is really hard to NOT like this series – it works on two levels: kids will love the action and the humor, and David Tennant’s vocal manipulations fit the character’s personalities, slimy, menacing, goofy and even spoiled. Adults will appreciate the erstwhile hero Hiccup and his ability to out-think, out-reason and when all else fails, out-manoeuver the competition. Hiccup is smart and clever, and thinks fast on his feet and never loses s
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mina
Petualangan Hiccup kali ini dijalaninya bersama (tentunya) Toothless, Camicazi teman perempuannya dari suku Viking cewek Bog-Burglar (mungkin semacam suku cewek Amazon), Si Mata Satu sang Pemimpin Naga Pengemudi Bertaring Pedang.
Tujuan: mencari obat untuk penyakit sahabatnya Fishlegs, yaitu Kobraitis akibat sengatan Naga Kobra Berbisa. Menurut kakek Hiccup yang peramal, obatnya adalah sebuah sayuran khayalan dengan nama: Sayuran-yang-tak-seorang-pun-berani-menyebutkan-namanya a.k.a kentang yang
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Karin sentosa
Horeee done this!

saat pulang kuliah, ketika hujan menerjang, badai menghantam, badan kuyup sampai ketulang, buku ini satu2nya yang aku pikirkan dan aku lindungi agar tidak basah (selain hape nomor dua).

Banyak, banyak banget pesan yang ada di buku ini. Gimana engga, tokoh utama yang super humble ini, emang udah seharusnya menang disetiap buku (ya, karena dia HEROnya), dan menang dengan kesederhanaanya. Hiccup bukan Snotlout, bukan juga dogsbreath, tapi dia bisa mengatasi quest-nya sebagai orang y
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Celestia
From my 10 year old:

This book starts out in the setting of the open sea. The characters are Snotlout, Norbert the Nutjob, Chief of the Hysterical Tribe, Stoic the Vast, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain, and Hiccup and Fishlegs and Old Wrinkly. The conflict they face is that Fishlegs has gotten stung by a dragon named the Venomous Vorpent. There's a cure, it's a vegetable that no one dares named, a potato. The only place where you can get it is America. Hiccup finds out Norbert the Nutjob has one and that
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Zarakoda
This, my friends, is a potato.

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It is ordinary, grows in the ground, and tastes very delicious when my family pulls it out from the dirty washes it off, and bakes it in the oven.

It also happens to be the source of many inside jokes between my friends and me. Starting in about the seventh grade, randomly inserting, "You know, I really like potatoes," was a great humorous hit in lunchtime conversation.

Thus, when I realized one of the chapters was titled "Quest for the Frozen Potato," I was positive
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Karen
The more I read the series, the more I think I prefer the Dreamworks version over the book version -- never thought I'd say THAT! But there is nothing wrong with the book version, and if I were a kid of 10 or 12, I'd probably prefer the book.

No matter what my age, though, the best part of this book is the Epilogue. Don't skip it.
Matt
Predictable, sure. But also fun, and better paced than the previous installment, with a *bonus* plot twist or two. Besides, it's written for the favoritest ten-year-old in the land (you can't prove otherwise!), and as such, it's kind of perfect for him.

[3 stars for simple fun still being fun.]
Sarah
I love these books! They are super fun and great for little boys (because there are a lot of silly potty words). Cressida Cowell crafts enough peril that the books are interesting but wraps them up with a lot of heartwarming victories fueled by friendship, courage and family.
Rubi
Another good Hiccup adventure.
This time Hiccup confronts a particularly aggressive tribe of Vikings in an attempt to rescue a friend. He has to search for an "imaginary" vegetable from a country that "doesn't exist". And confront a new dragon. I loved how Cressida mixes the story like that. making what we consider real, fake and vise versa. Like for us Dragons aren't real, but to Hiccup's people they are a part of their everyday lives.
I had a feelings who'd got bitten, and turns out I was right
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Queen
How far would you go to save someone you love?
Would you go off to dangerous lands for a vegatable that didn't exist? With a nutbrained viking cheif and his deranged vikings on an island guarded by a dangerous dragon?
Some times those people are worth it.

Fourth book, some times great lengths are needed to save someone.
Really nothing is set in stone.
While I have watched the something i hold dear to me grow sick and old, only to eventually leave me and become nothing more then ashes in an inern. I
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Ani Lopez
A Potato... REALLY?!!
Larasestu Hadisumarinda
SELAMAT HARI PAHLAWAN!
Siapkah kalian menjadi pahlawan seperti Hiccup. Suku Viking pertama yang tidak mengandalkan ototnya tetapi otaknya, menggunakan kecerdasannya?!

Hahaduh.
Seharusnya saya nugas tapi entah kenapa malah menyambar buku ini di detik-detik terakhir dan memilih gak produktif, memilih males-malesan. Buku boleh pinjem doang nih. Uhuhuhuhu. Seru. Sejauh ini buku HTTYD yang paling gak ketebak endingnya. Ehe. Twistnya banyak. Misal soal Doomfang dan siapa yang kena Kobraitis, sial, aku me
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D.C.
Utterly absurd and wacky adventure that occurs at a madcap pace. As with all the others, it's really funny and has some sort of huge surprise element somewhere.
Hestia Istiviani
This review is written in Bahasa

Buku keempat dari serial How to Train Your Dragon ini mengisahkan petualangan Hiccup menyelematkan nyawa temannya, Fishlegg, yang terkena penyakit Kobraitis.

Untuk hal seperti Gaya Bahasa dan Kosa Kata, Penokohan, dan Plot menurutku sama saja dengan buku-buku sebelumnya.

Yang selalu aku suka dari serial ini adalah, Cressida bisa menuturkan cerita seakan-akan semua itu memang pernah terjadi. Hal tersebut diperkuat dengan adanya coretan ilustrasi dan catatan di lemba
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Tania Andarini
Seperti biasanya, lucu, menegangkan dan menghibur. Baca buku seri ini, rasanya pengen buat buku untuk anak-anak juga. Ringan tapi mampu merefresh otak. Bukunya tidak hanya untuk anak-anak saja, contohnya saya, udah tua senang banget baca buku ini.

Di bukunya yang keempat ini, ada bagian-bagian yang mengejutkan, membuat banyak spekulasi-spekulasi yang salah. Tadinya berpikir, pasti begini nih, kenyataannya begitu. Ah unik sekali. Penyelesaian masalahnya selalu diluar ekspektasi yang ternyata kere
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Dannuel Saùl Delizo
Sure, that Venomous Vorpent twisted this whole adventure. Okay, this is one of my favorites. I must admit, i cried a bit. Probably because i was pretending to be a seven-year-old little girl reading her favorite viking series. How adorable is that for my age? LOL

I dont wanna be a spoiler, but this book is a must-read!!! I mean, not just this but the whole series!! You have to find out yourself who got stung by the deadly Venomous Abominable Vorpent.

Dragons were always so selfish in the tales we
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Danny
This book is a story about a boy named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.
Hiccup is heir of Stoick the Vast. Who is chief of the Hooligan.
Hiccup DOESN'T look like heir of chief. So he always get bullied by his cousin, Snotlout.
This time, Hiccup's friend Fishleg got poisoned by very dangerous poison. It's antidote is only one thing. The potato.(By that time, there was no potato in the Berk.)
So Hiccup travels through frozen sea to find potato.
So he finds potato but a giant sea dragon named Doomfang e
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Paige Lemmon
I missed Alvan the Treacherous
Jace Morgan
Like all the other books in the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the 3rd series, How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse is a brilliantly written story involving heroic feats, hilarious predicaments, and the vegetable that must never be named that comes from an imaginary land called America! Kids at all ages will love this cheerful book and will be enthralled with the characters! They will laugh at the wacky predicaments, gasp as Hiccup races against time to save his best friend, and clap with joy at the final c ...more
Maggie Lyons
How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse in the How to Train Your Dragon series (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) by Cressida Cowell

Another rambunctious adventure of the young Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of Chief Stoick the Vast. Hiccup’s friend Fishlegs has been cursed by a dragon. Hiccup must go on a quest for the one and only frozen potato that can save Fishleg’s life. This means he must use all the wits he can muster against fearsome enemies including Norbert the Nut
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Ira Book Lover

Hmmm...kenapa ya saya bisa-bisanya lupa kalau saya punya buku keempat dari seri How to Train Your Dragon. Untung cepat sadar, hampir saja saya menamatkan How to Twist A Dragon's Tale, buku kelima dari seri ini. Gara-gara kebanyakan timbunan nih, hehehe.



Kali ini Hiccup dan kawan-kawan belajar Perburuan dengan Anak Panah dan Busur Menggunakan Papan Ski ditengah musim dingin yang sedang melanda bangsa Viking. Saking dinginnya musim dingin kali ini, Lautan Cemberut pun membeku sehingga seluruh pulau

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Maki (of To - Ra - Ba)
Good lord, does Hiccup take charge in this book! There was very little of his typical "reluctant Hero" timidity here, while he still relied on his brains rather than his brawn (wait...what brawn?) to save the day.

(Granted, there's a reason behind his unusual behavior, but still.)

It was exciting watching him disobey his father, take on the scariest tribe of Vikings - whose boss has a personal vendetta against Hiccup - with almost no assistance, steal a vegetable-that-in-this-review-shall-remain-u
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m. ulinnuha
Kali ini Hiccup bertualang lagi.

Di acara pelatihan ski anak-anak Viking oleh Gobber the Belch, Fishleg, sahabat Hiccup, mengalami demam dan pilek yang parah. Tidak hanya itu, dia juga sering mengamuk dan menyumpah tanpa sebab. Hiccup pun membawanya ke Wrinkly Tua, kakek Hiccup yang juga merupakan peramal, penyembuh, dan ahli nujum di suku Hooligan Berbulu. Dan menurut ramalannya, Fishleg menderita Kobraitis, penyakit yang disebabkan oleh sengatan naga kobra. (di akhir buku sebelumnya, How to Spe
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An Odd1
"How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse" (How 4) by Cressida Cowell is a slapstick fast night's adventure with old friends and new enemies, outlined figures of fear and fun. Old Wrinkly sooth-says Vorpentitis virus poisons runner-bean asthmatic allergic squinting (when did Vikings get spectacles?) pal Fishlegs, so scrawny freckled red-head Hiccup 11, heir to Viking Hairy Hooligan tribe, seeks cure from Hysterics led by Norbert the Nutjob. Nutjob senior prophesied the one who could take the AmerIndian arr ...more
Agus Indonesiatulen
hahahah puassss....ini buku petualangan Hiccup yang paling nerve-racking bagi saya. Cerita menegangkan tersaji dihampir setiap babnya. Di buku ini pulalah, Hiccup mengajarkan kepada kita arti sebuah persahabatan, sebuah ikatan yang tidak hanya terbentuk atas dasar saling membutuhkan saja, tetapi terbentuk oleh sebuah kepercayaan yang terjalin dalam sebuah rangkaian jaring yang bahkan Doomfang si naga laut monster ataupun Nortbert the Nutjob "Kepala suku Viking Histeria" tidak akan mampu mencabik ...more
Janeen-san
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell is the fourth hilarious installment in Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third's funny, adventurous life.
He and Camicazi of the Bog-Burglar Tribe set off on a quest to find THE POTATO (a magical, unheard of vegetable) to save the life of Fishlegs.

This one was just as great as the rest, and I'm SO glad the author brought back Camicazi, she's really funny. I loved the drawings, my favorite one being Gobber the Belch sneezing VERY HARD. Tee hee! Norber
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Hadi Wijaya
What I like from ‘How to Train Your Dragon Series’ is that it’s not only story about dragon, action, war, fighting like the impression we might get from the title. But it's also the story about adventure, friendship, wisdom, and morale life.

If I may bring past memory, I remember story in second book about Hiccup can't use sword and then he realize that he is left handed and he does great sword fight with it. This part teaches us to find out our potential which we surely have it.

In this book, I a
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Samrat
Okay, I'm not actually pleased with author's decision to use girly and sissy as pejoratives throughout and depict the matriarchal tribe as masculine enough to be worthy (even Big-Boobied Bertha - now there's a name for a chief - has stubble). This is what comes of reading children's books as an adult, perhaps. Though she may have tried to show the Viking culture as BACKWARDLY barbaric, negatively valuing "male" talents over "female" ones in order to highlight the ludicrousness of the system, it ...more
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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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