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How To Be A Pirate


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Cressida grew up in Chelsea. She studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford Universtiy. She then worked at Macmillan in the Fiction department. She took a BA at St Martins in graphic design and then an MA in Narrative Illustration in Brighton. She is married with two children.


Favorite characters and series continue this spring. Fans of Hiccup the Seasick Viking and his later adventures in How to Train Your Dragon (called a "riotous farce" by PW) will welcome How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell. This paper-over-board caper finds the Hairy Hooligan tribe in search of the long-lost treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly; crude b&w drawings double the pleasure. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

PRAISE FOR HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.' -- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times 'A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story.' -- Waterstones Quarterly Magazine 'How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper... It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time.' -- Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow '[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy.' -- Books for Keeps ' ... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps.' -- The Financial Times 'Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.' -- Independent on Sunday An excellent sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, this highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike aged 8-12. -- Publishing News 20040704 Full of madcap action, to-the-death battles and hysterical Viking tomfoolery 20040904 Cowell is a new star in children's fiction -- The Times 20040724 extraordinary, funny and cool -- Tom Dillon, Mill Lane Primary School 20040704 good holiday reading for any young adventurer -- Reading evening post 20040730 'As the tension mounts, an hilarious and warming story emerges. It cries to be read aloud.' -- The School Librarian 20051204 'A maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with ... riotous illustrations, lists and maps.' -- Books For Keeps 20051104 'Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing' -- The Times 20051104

Gr 4-6-The sequel to How to Train Your Dragon (Little, Brown, 2004) continues the adventures of the son of Stoick the Vast and future leader of the Hairy Hooligan Viking tribe. Although the skinny, freckled Hiccup has more brains than the rest of the Hairy Hooligans put together, he has a hard time garnering respect from anyone, least of all his arch-rival, Snotlout. It doesn't help that Hiccup's dragon, Toothless, is predisposed to hypochondria and cowardice. During a pirate-training session, them meet up with charming "Alvin the Poor-But-Honest-Farmer," who is keen to help them discover the legendary treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. After a series of hair-raising, humorous escapades on the high seas, a deadly island, and an undersea cavern, Hiccup learns some surprising things about his previously undervalued abilities. The usual motifs of deceptive appearances, last-minute escapes, and the merits of inner worth are addressed with humor that is accessible to both reluctant and avid readers. Cheeky drawings in the style of grade-school doodles add to the general appeal of the tale.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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