How to train your dragon books. Who said they were great?

(27 Posts)
moondog Thu 29-Aug-13 01:58:22

They're total shite.
Why did I buy three if them?
We are all bored to tears halfway through first.

Rummikub Thu 29-Aug-13 01:59:22

Oh dear, wasn't me!

ClartyCarol Thu 29-Aug-13 02:03:19

Dd seems entranced by Percy Jackson, has tossed the Dragon books to one side without a second glance.

WafflyVersatile Thu 29-Aug-13 02:04:46

I've mentioned them. My DN loved the first one. She's nearly 6.

miemohrs Mon 02-Sep-13 14:01:58

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iseenodust Mon 02-Sep-13 14:06:28

DS liked them. Clarty I would have them down as a younger read than Percy Jackson so maybe your DD is too old for them?

cornflakegirl Mon 02-Sep-13 14:35:42

We've just listened to the first three as audiobooks and loved them. It can't all be down to David Tennant.

Takver Mon 02-Sep-13 21:30:27

DD really liked them, probably starting age around 6 - 7. I'd agree aimed at a much younger age than Percy Jackson.

We all liked the film too - very different, but still enjoyable.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 02-Sep-13 22:58:06

We've loved the first 2 audio books read by David Tennant..

shrinkingnora Mon 02-Sep-13 23:02:43

Hated them. Dreadful.

ReallyTired Mon 02-Sep-13 23:06:23

My son loved the How to Train your Dragon books. I think the reading level is quite high, in particular the vocabularly/ reading comprehension level needed for enjoyment. The books are good for a young boy with a high reading age.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 02-Sep-13 23:10:39

And why did you buy 3? shockgrin

elkiedee Mon 02-Sep-13 23:13:15

I have 3, bought them as a set, for me at the time but also thinking it might be something that the kids turn out to like at some point. I got them from the Bookpeople a few years ago so a set often costs less than one book.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 02-Sep-13 23:17:30

Both my sons loved them. DS2 read them when he was 7. Not my cup of tea, but I was happy to see him enjoying reading.

DS2 has just decided that he loves the how to train your dragon books. But he's only just turned 4. I quite like them.

But the illustrations are utterly dire. It's not often you look at the illustrations in a book and think, 'I really could have done a (much) better job myself'.

Takver Tue 03-Sep-13 09:12:12

Now I rather like the illustrations - they're obviously meant to have been drawn by the young narrator. Agree with reallytired they are good for young children (not just boys!) reading fluently - and there aren't so many modern books that fall into that category.

JakeBullet Tue 03-Sep-13 09:16:35

We have them as audiobooks read by David Tennant, they are meant to be read aloud with all the voices. DT does a superb job with them.... borrow from the library if you don't want to splash out, I promise you they are worth it.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 03-Sep-13 10:16:22

I just love all of the voices that DT uses. Realise its his job to read it well and make it entertaining but got to admire him all the same.

AnyoneButLulu Tue 03-Sep-13 10:24:54

I think Toothless is one of the great comic characters of the last 20 years. Do you have cats OP?

Mind you my DC, who are not fussy readers at all, are very resistant to the HTTYD books, so on that front they're a failure.

virgil Thu 05-Sep-13 18:44:25

DS2 (6) loved the first one and I had to say I rather enjoyed reading it once I got used to it. It's a bit like Mr Gum I think in that it takes a while to get used to the style. Way Way younger than Percy Jackson/Kane chronicles which are aimed at a much older audience.

miemohrs Thu 05-Sep-13 18:58:08

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DS2 (4) recognises himself in toothless too. It's lovely to see him so engaged in the story. He keeps posing questions out loud about how hiccup will manage to do whatever he needs to do at any point, and laughs at the names and jokes.

We'll happily take the books off your hands, moondog! grin

We tried the first one but I could not get on with reading it aloud; I think that once ds can read (he's now 6 but only starting school this year due to later starts here in Germany) he will enjoy them very much.
Absolutely loved the film, though.

cazzybabs Sun 08-Sep-13 12:26:22

I love them

derektheladyhamster Sun 08-Sep-13 12:29:46

They're hilarious! But my 2 ds's didn't start reading them until they were junior age, I read them to ds2 as he doesn't have the stamina to read them all himself.

Loved the picture of Toothless doing a poo on stoick the vast's bed grin

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