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How to Speak Dragonese

(How to Train Your Dragon #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  12,541 ratings  ·  769 reviews
Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled and sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III to be a hero.
Unknown Binding, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2006 (first published 2005)
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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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Joey 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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Nicky
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Amanda
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed hearing more about the Romans and Bogburglers. Kamikaze is really spunky and fun. I also really enjoyed Zigurastica and the nano-dragons.
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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Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
However small we are, we should always fight for what we believe to be right.

Ziggerastica

The Plot is a bit predictable by now. Fishlegs and Hiccup gets into trouble and by some crazy plan gets out of it again.
But Cressida keeps throwing new characters and dragons at us; more than making up for plot predictability.
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Amanda
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
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Claire Whitmore
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series will go down as one of our family's favourites. Santa brought this book for my son for Christmas this year and it is the ONLY bedtime story I have been allowed to read to him. Heading to the library this week to pick up the fourth book! ...more
Hope
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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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Ana  Lelis
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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 :)
Joey
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, they’re getting better!
Reviews May Vary
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Third installment from Hiccup. If I ever have a pet dragon, I hope that he is less like a cat than toothless!

Also, I really like Hiccup's dad. He always comes around!
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Jody
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun. Not much more that I can say! I think if I was reading them rather than listening to David Tennant narrate them, they'd be far less enjoyable. He's just awesome. ...more
Caleb Block
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So far this is one of the most exciting books in the series, and also one of the most intense, with heart pounding action. I like the plot and the sense of humor added into the story too. But before reading this I suggest reading the first and second book (this one is more necessary to read before reading the third) or parts of the story may be hard to understand if the first couple are not read.
Lacey
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the 2nd. I was always feeling like they'd never get out of their plight. But they always did in a surprising way. ...more
Paola
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really good! I really love this series because the author gives you a great love for the characters, threads a great yarn, and foreshadows a lot throughout the book. The voice is really good and it sort of connects to the rest of the books in the series.
One criticism is that I wish I could get into the actual physical copy. I love the audiobook, but the physical copy has illustrations that throw me.
Overall, would recommend!
Maggie Seward
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
the epilogues always make me cry:,(
milou  ☕️
Alvin is a little piece of garbage




Books in the series:
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon, #2) by Cressida Cowell How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III #4) by Cressida Cowell How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon, #4) by Cressida Cowell How to Twist a Dragon's Tale (How to Train Your Dragon, #5) by Cressida Cowell A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon, #6) by Cressida Cowell How To Ride A Dragon's Storm (How to Train Your Dragon, #7) by Cressida Cowell How to Break a Dragon's Heart (How to Train Your Dragon, #8) by Cressida Cowell How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (How to Train Your Dragon, #9) by Cressida Cowell How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (How to Train Your Dragon, #10) by Cressida Cowell How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11) by Cressida Cowell How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (How To Train Your Dragon, #12) by Cressida Cowell

1.) How To Train Your Dragon ★★★★
2.) How to Be a Pirate ★★★★


↠ Genre: Kids, Dragons, Vikings
↠ Pov: Third Person, Male
↠ Type: Book 3 out of 12 of The How To Train Your Dragon Series
↠ Rating: 4 stars



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An Odd1
Mar 04, 2012 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
Michelle
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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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Sophia
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel was different in that it focused not just on Viking customs but Roman ones as well. I enjoyed the different characters and how our hero interacted with them. The story line flowed well and it came to a nice full circle at the end which I liked. I am really enjoying the epilogues that old Hiccup writes, it makes me feel more connected with his character. Also at the end of the book there is always a slight tease to what happens in the next book and this tease has made me very excited t ...more
sj
Love Camicazi, what a great name for a little viking girl! Cressida Cowell's style reminds me of Daniel Handler, which may be why I'm enjoying them so much. Alvin is totally the Count Olaf of this series, showing up in various disguises. I might have to put on the Gothic Archies soundtrack for A Series of Unfortunate Events because it seems like it would fit this series as well. ...more
Scott
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
#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
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si ( ◠‿◠ )
love this one!! we did exactly what the 5yo said we would and finished it in 2 days (last thursday and today). david’s narrations just keep getting better and better. the new voices in this one were spectacular!! big boobied bertha (lol) and her daughter camicazi make fantastic new character additions, along with my personal favorite - ziggerastica, the tiny dragon god.
Mehsi
Romans, Dragons, battles, the return of a nasty someone, and more!

I am slowly making my way through this series. At first I wanted to read all the books in one go, but I decided against that and am now going slowly. I don’t want this series to end just yet.

I was frankly annoyed with the adults in this one. Well, again, I should say as I am continually wondering how in all that is holy these vikings still exist. I mean, hello, your son comes in, totally sad about a crappy day. Tells you his dear
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Tshepiso
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 stars

I'm definitely settling into the How to Train Your Dragon series. I know exactly what to expect from these books and they're a good pick-me-up when I'm feeling down. How to Speak Dragonese is a solid entry in the series. It was filled with the laughs and adventure I expected and was a breeze to read. However, there were a few cringe-worthy dated elements to the story that were uncomfortable to come across.

What I love about this series is its blend of humorous adventure and sentimentalit
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Grace
So far I'm really liking this series. At least, I've liked it enough to plow through five of these. Sure, they're a bit formulaic, but they're saved from tedium by their shortness and funness. This one was particularly enjoyable and changes up the formula a little bit with the addition of a young female Viking called Camicazi, who's even younger than Hiccup. She's a super ferocious chatty gymnastically-inclined Viking warrior to be, which makes her just fun to have in the cast.

The other fun thi
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Abby
Now, if Hiccup had been a traditional Hooligan hero, he would have drawn his sword, Endeavour, and launched himself over the side to the aid of his friend, shouting the Hooligan war cry at the top of his voice. But then, if Hiccup had been a traditional Hooligan hero, he would have been dead as a kipper several books ago. A noble kipper, perhaps, a gloriously brave kipper, but nonetheless, a very, very dead kipper.

RE-READ 2018: I've read this entire series in physical books over the past two y
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Karin
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, this one was more fun than the first two, but then I'm used to the non-movie Toothless and there was a girl, finally (don't want to give too many spoilers, but she is also a pirate from another tribe). In this one Hiccup, Toothless and Hiccup's friend Fishface are taken captive by Romans who are trying to start infighting between different Viking factions to their own gain. At least one nefarious character from a previous book makes an appearance, and there are also nano-dragons (anachroni ...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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