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

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  6,071 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
Fishlegs has been struck with deadly Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find - a potato. But where on Berk will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a hero again.
Paperback, Hodder Childrens UK, 256 pages
Published 2010 by Hachette UK (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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Sara Saif
Another book in the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III that is as comical and absurd as the previous ones. It's filled to the brim with Cressida Cowell's witty, rib-tickling dialogue and follows an infinitely adorable Hero-in-Training that is Hiccup.

Summary:
Fishlegs starts acting very strange and the village soothsayer and doctor declares that he has been bitten by a Venomous Vorpent and thus has Vorpentitis and if Hiccup is unable to find THE cure by the next morning, Fishleg

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Maki
Dec 26, 2014 Maki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Shafaet Ashraf
Jul 11, 2015 Shafaet Ashraf rated it it was amazing
ছোটদের জনয লেখা বইটা, ছবিতে ভরপুর, পড়তে দেখে মা বললো "এই বই এখন তোর না, তোর ছেলের পড়ার কথা!"। তারপরেও রাজপুতর আর ডরাগনের রাজযে হারিয়ে যেতে একদমই খারাপ লাগছে না :), দুরদানত একটি বই।

(বি:দর: সিনেমাটা দেখে থাকলেও বইটা পড়তে মানা নেই, উলটোটাও সতযি। সিনেমাগুলো এই সিরিজটা থেকে অনুপরাণিত হয়ে বানানো, কাহিনীর সরাসরি মিল নেই)
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Josiphine
Lots of fun. I loved the comments about "the-vegetable-that-must-not-be-named." (view spoiler) Also, my little brother listened to most of this with me and I don't know if I enjoyed listening to it or listening to him laugh at it more.
Kristen
May 03, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-reads
This one wasn't QUITE as fun for me as the others in the series because the adventure portion of the story didn't include Fishlegs, who is fast becoming one of my favorite characters. I do love that our girl character, Camicazi, has a larger role in this one, though...and this book has one of the best endings so far. I also love the humor in this one, referring to our country as "America if You Believe Such a Place Exists" and the quest for "The Vegetable That No One Dares Name" (spoiler alert: ...more
Beatrice
Sep 26, 2015 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Gaele
Sep 13, 2014 Gaele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2011 mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nilsson
How unlucky that potatoes were so rare back then! I'm glad he got his hands on one.What he did took a lot of guts.

And may I say, his father is a very unreasonable man! I do not like him.
Miss Ryoko
So much time passed between being able to read this book I feel like I can hardly remember what happened!

Lol, from what I remember, I did enjoy this book. Hiccup is a great character both in the books and in the movies, and I actually really like Camicazi a whole bunch, so I'm glad she made a return. Old Wrinkly is pretty great too.

The story was fun. I like how easy these books are to read. Now I have to wait for the 5th one because I thought I had it but I don't and there is a wait list at the
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Ronja
Dec 07, 2015 Ronja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and all about the right values like friendship and loyalty. Enjoyable for all ages imho.
Celestia
Dec 19, 2014 Celestia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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King Haddock
This, my friends, is a potato.

 photo greek-potato_standard20460x345_zpsaf047f74.gif

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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Khan Ozair
Lol just lol.
Carolyn
Feb 01, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015, 2016
This book was ridiculously funny. I enjoyed it the best of all the series so far, this being quite unique to most series, that it keeps getting better as more books go by. The farcical plot device of the potato was really entertaining, but overall this book was the most "serious" of the first four. Saving a friend from almost certain death, burglary, loyalty, and very real suspense from page to page. I'm on to the next (hopefully) hilarious adventure with Hiccup and Toothless.
Rifda
Sep 26, 2015 Rifda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Di akhir buku sebelumnya, pembaca diberikan cliffhanger yang cukup membuat penasaran. Katanya ada 'pahlawan' yang terkena racun naga! Sejujurnya, aku kira itu Hiccup.. tapi ternyata.. Fishlegs! Astaga~

Hiccup harus menempuh kutukan naga untuk menemukan antidot-nya, yaitu sebuah sayuran yang tidak boleh disebutkan namanya. Sayuran apakah itu?

Nah, nama sayurannya tidak penting.. yang penting, Hiccup harus tahu cara menemukannya. Dia harus bisa melalui kutukan naga, mencuri dari kaum histeris yang s
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Karen
Oct 08, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liz
Aug 12, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 3 of us--me, husband, 6 year old-- love this series so much! I've never watched Dr. Who but am probably as big of a David Tenant fan as anyone because of his voices on these CDs. We've had some long driving days this summer, but as long as one of these books is playing, we don't hear "are we there yet??" at all. Pressing play has diffused more than one travel tantrum.

What I think is especially great is that often with kids media, the kids are laughing at something goofy while the parents ar
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Ellen Broadhurst
Book 4 kicks it up further to a place where grown ups can really enjoy the language and themes. I really love Camicazi as a character (tough girls can become caricatures, but she is such a charmingly unself-involved little tough girl it's hard not to love her).

Hiccup is becoming more and more aware of himself and how well he performs under pressure; he just wishes, though, that he could hang out with his friend, Fishlegs, and not worry so much about being the Chosen One. Who can argue with that
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Matt
Jan 04, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
Jul 30, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mrs W
Mar 31, 2015 Mrs W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2015
At the end of the last book, HOW TO SPEAK DRAGONESE, there is a teaser to set up the events of this book. This review will carry some spoilers as to where that teaser went, so if you haven’t read that far yet, you have a chance to stop reading right now.


Spoilers are coming.

Are you really sure you want to continue?

You had your chance.

So someone was stung by the Venomous Vorpent at the end of the last book. It turns out, that person was Fishlegs. Old Wrinkly diagnoses Fishlegs with Vorpentitis aft
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Queen
May 17, 2014 Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Jan 22, 2014 D.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 lemb
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Cara
I liked this book better than the last one. One of the main points that I like better is that there was a lot less of Snotlout in this book. I can't stand him! Stoick is slowly coming around and also I'm glad that there was less Gobber as well, his constant yelling is a tad irritating. Toothless and Hiccup got along much better now as well.
I thought Cowell was pretty hilarious calling the ship 'The American Dream' and using the potato as magical cure, though in all honesty, the potato came from
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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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