Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick

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Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick

Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick

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Some may think that children's books are too small, simple, and menial to have an "Art," but that is just not true. Unlike his dad, Stoick the Vast, Hiccup is tiny, thoughtful and polite and scared of almost everything - especially of going to sea for the very first time. This is where how to train you dragon all started, there is a lovely introduction explaining how the idea all came about.

My son absolutely loves the How To Train Your Dragon movies and he finally decided that he wanted us to read the books together. My son is still too young for Hiccup's later adventures, but this is one of his favorite bedtime stories.The art is very much the same as in Cressida's other works (obviously, since she is the illustrator as far as I'm aware), so it does feel like a part of the httyd series/universe. I suppose the trip is supposed to show how Hiccup overcomes his fear; that although scared, he steers the ship back to safety when others aren't able to. Great book for the little ones, though, especially if they've been introduced to the movies (which are in many ways VERY different than the books). In fact, he was a little timid and worried a lot--and what worried him the most was going to sea for the very first time. The Vikings are lost in a terrible storm, and it's up to Hiccup to help them find their way home again.

I liked the introduction by Cowell, about how this is what started her crazy journey with the How to Train Your Dragon series. Kids do see adults as wise people who are scared of nothing, and it's good for kids to look up to their parents, but it's also good to show them our weakness sometimes. Our parents are not always as wise as our grandparents, even if old people’s breath can stink of fish.

However, I wish that the book showed more of an internal struggle or hero-moment when Hiccup makes the decision to take charge.

In a few more years, DreamWorks Animation would create the colossal DreamWorks Dragons Franchise based off of and inspired by these Books. This wonderfully witty fable will delight all those who have ever faced up to their worse fears and is destined to become a children's classic. I never even knew it started with a picture book, so imagine my surprise when I saw this title from Cassandra Cowell in the picture book section. This is Cressida Cowell's first story of any kind relating to the How to Train Your Dragon Book series, and is about the relationship between father and son.

So who will save the day when everything goes disgustingly wrong aboard ship and all the big Vikings lose their cool? He never really seemed scared at all of the sea once he was out there, and because his fear was never really shown or explained, it felt hard to believe this fact about him or care that he overcame it to be a hero.

I just didn't feel like Hiccup's "fear" of the sea was explored much, even though that was the major plot point, besides being seasick. An enjoyable book pitched at a much younger audience than ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ but with the same feel. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring.This was actually the first book that started the phenomenal series of 12 books titled HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. It's a sweet read, has some excellent lessons, and makes for an interesting early insight into how Hiccup differs from the rest of the vikings, even as a little boy.

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