Friday, January 14, 2011
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Little Brown (UK)
Rating: 3 and a half
"Who shall fight Dogsbreath?" repeated Gobber the Blech.
Ten of the boys stuck their hands up with cries of "Ooooosirmesirpleasechoosemesir," wildy excited at the thought of being smooshed into a pulp by Dogsbreath the Duhbrain. This was predictable. That's what most Hooligans were like.
The second adventure of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the heir of Hooligan Tribe. His previous success doesn't guarantee that everyone suddenly love him, I mean after all they're Hooligans. So when Hiccup and Fishlegs found a coffin with a writing 'Do Not Open and telling everyone Not to Open it, it doesn't mean they listened to him. A man emerged from inside the coffin and claimed to be a honest farmer who got stuck inside the coffin and told tale about Hiccup ancestor's treasure. Soon the berk island was busy with the preparation of treasure hunting. What would Hiccup do? Will he joined in excitement?
I love this series, although How to Be a Pirate isn't my favorite among the 8th books but I'm still loving it. The same with first book, the author manage to present the goofy and silliness in a very nice way. The dorky drawing add more to the humor. It's a fun light reading that kids will surely enjoy it. Even adult would enjoy it as well as a break from heavier books. Although it seems like a no-brainer book, but underneath it all there's a hidden message inside of this series about kindness, and having treasures doesn't mean it will guarantee happiness. And this message is subtly written without making it seems like preaching.