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How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

(How to Train Your Dragon #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  10,347 ratings  ·  608 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. ...more
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
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 t
Joey Woolfardis
Unfortunately this is the last How to Train Your Dragon book I will be reading (unless I seriously run out of other books to read or need a very, very quick simple book). I haven't been as entertained by the books as I'd like and I have not garnered much amusement from them at all. Full review to follow. ...more
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.

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

Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This felt like a side adventure rather than one that moves along character or plot development. I did enjoy hearing about the Hysterics, the potato and the Doomfang, though!
McKenzie Dean
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Read: January 2019

This was just as good as the first time I read it! Maybe even a little more so because I knew how the story would end and knew exactly what to look for.

First Read: October 2018

Cressida Cowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’ve been a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon movies and shows for several years now, but only recently have I begun to read the books that inspired it all. I can say with certainty that I love the books just as much as the mov
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun dragon adventure! One of my favorites of the series.

Hiccup selflessly faces the danger of all dangers to help his friend who is deathly ill. The task must be done to find the mythical... potato... that will save Fishleg's life.

I liked this story a lot because Hiccup tries so hard to be the hero of the situation, and he somehow pulls it off, whether accidentally or not is unknown... And his father's response at the end? Priceless.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! I loved the story and the humor and the stakes too! It was so tense and thrilling, while also hilariously funny.
**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
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
Deborah Pickstone
More heroic antics with Hiccup, Fishlegs, Toothless and Camicazi. Quite entertaining.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
a veggie which can not be named (I laughted cuz in my head Voldemort was holding one in every hand) and there where many fun lines that I wanted to remember but can not. something about two icebergs and polarbears. Chairs. And a very funny one near the end.

I love these books. I think I might need to buy them.
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. ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
re-read 2018: I adore these audiobooks
Except for the second book, so far each book has been amusing in how it's explored the map of yesteryear. While the third book dealt with the Romans, this one hints at the myth of the Americas. Most of the Vikings believe the world to be flat except one tribe, who has supposedly gone there and found the Plant-That-No-One-Dares-Name, the "potato," a mythical vegetable that cures a deadly dragon venom.

Here, Hiccup has to rescue his friend, Fishlegs from succumbing to this venom and has to chase do
Rick Silva
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far the best in this series so far. This story benefits from a relatively simple plot, but even more so, from a move toward humanizing the characters a bit more, moving away from very extreme caricatures and adding a bit of depth and complexity. It was great to see Hiccup with a bit more confidence, and Stoic is more interesting in the last two chapters of this book than he has been in the entire series up to here.

The basic plot involves a deadly slow-acting venom that has affected one of the
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I found my anthem for what I aim to be in life in this book: "You are a little weirdo, it is true, but you are a LOYAL little weirdo." What more could you want in life? :P Epically funny as usual - and can I just say that the little drawing of Toothless in a tiny fur coat is one of my favorite things ever?! Cowell strikes gold again in this charming little book, especially in her depiction of the friendship between Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Camicazi - sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned fri ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I don't know what it was about this particular book in the series but I loved it. From the vegetable that must not be named or the limited amount of time that Hiccup has to find it, this felt more adventurous. I was thoroughly invested in him wanting to save his best friend and run into various dangerous situations. I actually gasped when Hiccup fell into the giant pot of soup.
This is my favorite of the series so far.
Diane Will
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I forgot to put this on the list as reading...and I've finished it today...I do love a Hiccup read and his adventures.....who would have thought he would be searching for a potato as an antidote to save his friend Fishlegs from dying...! ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite a bit better than the first three! I won't say too much, since at this point it's getting a bit repetitive, but I really enjoyed the twisty plot, and the peek into a larger Viking world that this book gave. I'm quite looking forward to reading the next in the series. ...more
Beetle The Bard
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is definitely my second favorite. The ending was the best. And snow? Yes! A Voldemort potato? Yes! An Unidentified Frozen Object (U.F.O)? Yes! I had too much fun with this one. I'm glad that I ended June with this awesome sauce. ...more
Keturah Lamb
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*listened to audio book*

My sister and a lady we worked with listened to this book with me and I think they liked it, too. The plot was more predictable in this one, but still just as enjoyable and funny!
Alexis Kaelin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part of this five star rating is owed to David Tennant's terrific narration. How many different Viking voices can YOU do? Fun, well-paced, and always lots of heart. We have a great time listening to Cowell's books in Tennant's voices - thanks! ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
David Tennant knocks the narration out of the park on this one. Humor, heart, this book made me laugh and get teary eyed. The lengths Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Camcazi go for each other as friends to save each other's lives is heart warming. The adults also get character arcs as well. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book voices so well the spirit of a 12 year old boy. I love how the hero gets in and out of terrible situations. This book itself has a little more tenderness than those before it in the series, giving it extra points.
So good. Please read.
Colleen Earle
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book that features THE-VEGETABLE-THAT-NO-ONE-DARE-NAME (potato) is going to be a fav
I loved the surprise ending
The epilogue was beautiful
I love this series with my whole being and I am so excited to read more
Dea Berlinda
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Toothless kinda reminds me of Garfield ...
Carson Wolbert
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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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