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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, Book 2: HOW TO BE A PIRATE, by Cressida Cowell

Posted in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade

PIRATES AND DRAGONS AND FIGHTING BOYS

Hiccup the hero?

Unlikely. Coffins, maps, swords.

Riddles, family.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade

Third person POV largely from main character perspective with some dips into omniscient / storyteller / second person tone

Second in a seven book series

Part of overall series arc of main character aging and learning and growing

Individual story arc of mystery and adventure and discovery (especially the search for Stormblade – the treasured sword of Grimbeard the Ghastly)

Sword fighting – learning new skills

Pseudo memoir

Reflecting on how an unlikely hero was formed

Silly names and over the top boy humor

Variety of fonts give a semi-graphic novel feel – too much or clever tool to keep middle school age boys interested?

Curses and coffins and predictions and destinies

Family legacy