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How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  8,205 Ratings  ·  505 Reviews
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's loyal dragon Toothless has been captured. The nanodragon is about to be gobbled and Sharkworms are on the loose. With the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans in disarray, it's up to Hiccup to prove himself a true Viking Hero.
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 2005)
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Chester Dean
May 30, 2016 Chester Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-2016


Como ya dije, continuamos viendo el proceso de Hipo de niño enclenque sin nada especial hacia su futuro como un héroe vikingo. Narrado por el Hipo del presente, pero como si fuera en tercera persona, ahora nos cuenta de cómo parte del entrenamiento era secuestrar una embarcación, pero en el proceso y después de casi hundirse en su desvencijado barquito, Hipo y su mejor amigo Petapez abordan por error un barco Romano (los cuales son los peores enemigos de los vikingos) y éstos terminan secuest
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Sara Saif
---The books are starting to seem a bit repetitive. Hiccup and Fishlegs get bullied in the beginning, manage to mess up their lessons and land somewhere completely different, encounter something/someone, get back but nobody believes them then save the day/themselves.
---It still made me LOL a lot so there's that.
---We meet Astrid's book counterpart called "Camicazi". Instead of the Hairy Hooligans, she belongs to the Bog-Burglar tribe of women and is their heir. She is tiny but ferocious.
---The V
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Nikki
This series remains quirky and fun, a good break from doing reading for my dissertation. Hiccup and Toothless are the perfect characters to root for: underdogs who nevertheless come out on top. Still, there isn't much by way of character development and so on, so older readers might start to find themselves a little bored. I think I'll give it a good long break before I read another one, since they are charming and fun -- just very definitely aimed at kids.
Yasamin
Jan 11, 2016 Yasamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian, 2016
actual rating: 2.5

EN:
it was a fun read, but it wasn't something special :/
i liked the 2nd better
and this is the last book that i've read in this series.

FA:
خبببب. کتاب فانی بود. ولی چیز خاصی نداشت این قسمت. نا امید شدم اصن :/
کتاب دوم رو بیشتر دوست داشتم
و این آخرین کتابیه که از این مجموعه میخونم. دیگه ادامه ش نمیدم
Jo Woolfardis
It's only been about a week since I read this, but I cannot remember much of it. I have tried reading four books of the How to Train Your Dragon series, but sadly we are not compatible. I prefer my fiction to be even vaguely historically accurate: you may think that defeats the point of it being fiction but I disagree rather strongly.

The books are relatively harmless, I suppose, though the genders stereotypes are rather a bore until Kamakaze turns up. She should have far more page time than any
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Zaz
A good volume, light in adventure but full of hungry Romans and dangerous dragons. And there's finally a girl!

Hiccup continues his training and, as usual, everything doesn't go well. While trying to board an harmless ship with Fishlegs and their two useless dragons, they end in front of a small Roman army.

The previous volume was disappointing, so I was pleased to enjoy this one a lot more. A few things happened but as usual Hiccup had some smart ideas, helping to save the day. There were several
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Deborah Pickstone
I made the scurrilous comment that the first of these was for overly young children - however, they have entertained me and I am still reading them! I particularly like Toothless and Stoick the Vast :)
Amanda
Sep 11, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more from these books. I was expecting Harry Potter or Percy Jackson caliber.

I had watched the movies first and I'm sorry to say, at least so far, I think the movies are much better. I'm going to continue with the series though, so maybe this opinion will change.
Patrizia O
Jul 01, 2011 Patrizia O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bambini e adulti che si sentono un po' bambini
Recommended to Patrizia by: Dragon trainer della Dreamworks
Ho voluto comprare questo libro perché questa serie ha ispirato “Dragon Trainer”, un film di animazione della Dreamworks tra i miei preferiti (anche se devo precisare che a me piacciono quasi tutti i prodotti Dreamworks, sono tutti i miei preferiti!).
Il libro ovviamente non c’entra quasi nulla con il film. Il protagonista conserva il suo nome per esteso ed è sempre Topicco; ci sono i draghi (molto diversi rispetto ai loro fratelli animati), ci sono Skaracchio e Stoick.
La lettura è certamente p
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Ana Paula Lelis
Feb 16, 2013 Ana Paula Lelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, audiobooks
It was such a fun reading. Especially because while I was reading the book I was listening the audiobook with David Tennant's(Killgrave/Doctor Who) voice! He is an incredible actor and I loved the way he changed his voices with so many characters, it was the perfect sound for his story! I recommend for you to listen this story through his voice.
An Odd1
Mar 04, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"How to speak Dragonese" (How#3) by Cressida Cowell is the 2* journal vocab translations and dragon descriptions, kept by Hiccup, 11, scrawny freckled red-haired son, of the Hairy Hooligan tribe chief, on the Isle of Berk with "28 words for rain" p76. Half is torn away by the Thin Prefect, formerly Alvin the Treacherous Outcast leader, now advisor to the Fat Consul, when Hiccup, his tiny annoying green dragon "Useless" Toothless, and pal Fishlegs "daddy longlegs with asthma and a squint" p19 arg ...more
Hope
Dec 17, 2015 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"However small we are, we should always fight for what we believe to be right. And I don't mean fight with the power of our fists or the power of our swords. That has always been the problem with us Vikings. I mean the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams."

This book has a really good message, and the other ones have had the same. Hiccup lives in a world where you can only gain respect by being strong and uber masculine, but his other qualities are what saves him and the others con
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Scott
Jul 24, 2017 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#36 - When in the car my charge and I have been listening to the 12-book series by the author of How To Train Your Dragon.
The audiobooks are read by the wonderful David Tennant of Dr. Who fans. If there's any problem with the books it's that they are too funny and we sometimes have to pause and rewind a few seconds. Very clever and creative
#36 = How to Speak Dragonese
#37 = How to Cheat A Dragon's Curse
both by Cressida Cowell
Veronica Tomasiello
Actual rating: 3.5/5
Sam
Jan 19, 2017 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children, amazing
Já tuhle sérii prostě zbožňuju!
Asriani
May 12, 2008 Asriani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Di tengah laut, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III dan teman-teman sekelasnya mengikuti Program Pelatihan Bajak Laut dengan pelajaran terbaru dari Gobber. Mereka berlatih mendarat di perahu musuh. Perahu musuh yang dimaksud adalah perahu nelayan dari Negeri Damai. Tugas mereka adalah menakuti para nelayan dan mencuri sebuah helm mereka sebagai bukti mereka telah menyelesaikan latihan tersebut.

Di atas Hopeful Puffin, Hiccup bersama Fishlegs dan kedua naga meraka yang sedang tidur berjuang untuk menyel
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Isla
I love dragons!
René Herrera
Cómo hablar dragonés es el tercer libro de la enorme saga Cómo entrenar a tu dragón de Cressida Cowell, fue publicado originalmente en 2005, y en México este año gracias a la editorial SM.

La historia sigue a Hipo Horrendo Abadejo III, un pequeño vikingo quien todos dicen es muy torpe, débil y miedoso. Lo que no saben es que está en camino a convertirse en un impresionante espadachín con el poder de hablar con los dragones y ser uno de los más grandes héroes vikingos que existió. Pero cómo es que
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
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The Flooze
These books are extremely entertaining. There’s appeal here for both kids and adults alike. Children will be fascinated by Hiccup’s exploits: his Viking training sessions, his interactions with dragons of all shapes and sizes, his marvelous ability to outsmart smarmy characters. Adults will enjoy these aspects, too, but may be even more impressed with the emphasis on brains vs. brawn, Hiccup’s determination to be his own person, and the main characters’ willingness to work as a team when it matt ...more
Drew S.
Oct 25, 2016 Drew S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
October, How To Speak Dragonese by Cressida Codewell

This story is about a little boy named Hiccup, who is a Viking. He goes on a treacherous adventure with his friend and his scary dragon, Toothless. The book starts when Hiccup and Fishlegs are on a boat, looking for a random fisherman to attack. They find a gigantic ship, and that they want to go onto. When they get up to the ship, they find out the boat is full of Romans. Hiccup sneaks in to where Fishlegs is at, and distracts the Romans by u
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Michelle
Oct 19, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Shelves: read-with-ds
Oct 19, 2010: I am not holding out much hope. This will likely be the very last How to Train Your Dragon book to enter my home. I am only reading it because someone I love has asked me to read books 1 through 3. Almost done.

Nov 13, 2010 update: I have finished this awful book. I do not understand how it has been given so many stars by so many people. The only chapter that reveals potential writing talent is the final one. The author also included a shock factor that young boys will likely think
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Another bag of laugh from Hiccup’s adventures

These nutzos from Hairy Hooligans Tribe keep me laughing all the time.

10 anak bangsa Viking yang masuk dalam Program Pelatihan Bajak Laut. Pelajaran pertama adalah berlatih mendarat di perahu musuh pada target yang mudah, alias ngebajak perahu nelayan. Karena satu dan lain hal Hiccup dengan naganya yang bandel, Toothles dan sahabatnya Fishlegs dengan naganya yang doyan molor, Horrorcrow malah mendaratkan perahu mereka dan mencoba membajak sebuah kapal
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Claire
Dec 23, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Shelves: gift
The next book of Hiccup's adventures (a bday present from Jon). As always a really fun read! Poor old Hiccup. In this one he is kidnapped by the Romans and has to try and escape (along with Fishlegs and new character Camicaze, from a rival tribe). A bit of mild peril but again lots of laugh out loud bits, and I still love the drawings! Adorable <3 Can't wait to read the next one!

Only downside is that my copy has a very exciting ":O in the next book..." that someone in the confusion was stung
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Catherine Austen
I read this with my 8-year-old son and right away ordered all the other Hiccup books from the library. The characters are likeable, the situations are funny, the stories are exciting, and the illustrations are fun. Maybe this one is my fave of the series because we read it first, or maybe it's genuinely the best. Either way, the Hiccup books are great fun for adventure-loving kids. They're geared to 8-10-year-olds, who can read them alone, but they're fun to read aloud, too. The language is very ...more
Palsay
Jul 17, 2009 Palsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sejak melihat pertama kali review tentang Hiccup ini gw dah kebelet pengin banget baca buku serial Hiccup ini. Akhirnya saat menginap di Radal berkesempatan juga merampok buku yang satu ini...horeee....

ceritanya kocak banget...jaman naga-naga masih ada di muka bumi, tapi hanya Hiccup yang bisa bahasa naga bahkan membuat buku tentang bahasa naga...hebat yah si Hiccup ini.

dengan latar belakang bangsa Viking yang keras, jorok dan barbar, ditambah kemesraan aneh antara Hiccup dan Toothless,naganya y
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Fezan Sipia
The accidental heroes, the misfit vikings Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his lazy good-for-nothing dragon toothless are back with a new adventure. This time they are kidnapped by Romans who have a very cunning plan of three lines to conquer the Vikings.

*****

Absolute blast, a boost to both mind and spirit, this part has new adventures with some new very interesting characters which leave a distinct imprint in the memory. Out of which Camicazi is the most prominent one. Heir to the bog-burglar
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Miss Ryoko
Actual rating: 3.5

I really enjoyed the third book. It had an interesting twist of a storyline that got to show off more of Hiccup's cleverness and character. I was a little bit disappointed to find out the Bog Burglar heir wasn't named Astrid :-p But she was a fun character nonetheless.

I'm glad to see Hiccup and Toothless becoming better friends. Still disappointed Toothless is a plain, ordinary, tiny dragon, but I'm enjoying him much more as a character now than I did in the beginning. But I'll
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Paradoxical
The more that I read these books the more I like them. Other than the bumpy first book, the subsequent books afterward were really fun to read. It's a hugely charming series, and you can't help but laugh at how ridiculous everything is, and how Hiccup tries so hard to be the voice of reason, but fails for the most part. In this book Hiccup, Fishlegs, and a new character, Camicazi, have been kidnapped by the Romans. Camicazi is a great new character. She's hilarious and upbeat, and she's actually ...more
Sutresna
Aug 27, 2014 Sutresna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kukuruyuuuk! teriak Toothless.

Ternyata beda banget ya sama yg filmnya. Kirain mirip dan terusannya gitu. Tapi beda! Dan sama-sama bagus!

Yang keren buat saya adalah penerjemahannya yang emang sengaja dibikin asyik buat dibaca, apalagi mungkin sama anak-anak.

Bagian bahasa naga seperti krauk-krauk (artinya: makan), dan lainnya itu sungguh bikin senyum, belum pernah saya baca penerjemahan yang seasyik ini dalam usaha mendekati bahasa sasaran.

Ceritanya juga masuk akal buat di-imajinasi-kan. Juga dile
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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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“However small we are, we should always fight for what we believe to be right. And I don’t mean fight with the power of our fists or the power of our swords…I mean the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams.

And as small and quiet and unimportant as our fighting may look, perhaps we might all work together…and break out of the prisons of our own making. Perhaps we might be able to keep this fierce and beautiful world of ours as free for all of us as it seemed to be on that blue afternoon of my childhood.”
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