The Pikes Peak Library Briargate Branch in Colorado Springs is having a special program for tweens on March 26, 2010, from 4-5 pm. They will be celebrating the movie release of How to Train Your Dragon with a “Read it Before You See It” event, and they are offering a chance to win free movie tickets.
Yes, How to Train Your Dragon is coming to the theaters on March 26. This movie is derived from the book by the same name by Cressida Cowell. It is the tale of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. Hiccup is supposed to capture a dragon and then raise it. In the process of dragon hunting, he withstands ridicule from his peers as well as dragon-sized adversity and trials. Finally he becomes a Viking hero, which is how all heroic stories should end.
The book is packed with humor and is well suited for any reluctant reader, ages 8-12. The book is ostensibly written by Hiccup himself and the back cover even includes some accolades from The New Viking Times and The Barbarian Librarian as authorities on Viking literature. You can download the first chapters of all these books from the How to Train Your Dragon books website.
If one book and a movie don’t satisfy your thirst for Viking lore, Ms. Cowell has also written several more books about Hiccup and his heroic misadventures.
- How to Be a Pirate
- How to Speak Dragoneese
- How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking)
- How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale
- How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
- A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
- How to Break a Dragon's Heart
The stories actually started with a picture book titled Hiccup: The Seasick Viking, where Hiccup learns what it means to be brave when you’re frightened. So if your children are too young for the bigger books, get them the original.
How to Train Your Dragon Movie Trailer