Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Review: How to be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon #2)

How to be a Pirate
by  Cressida Cowell
Date Read:  10/14/15
Rating: ★ ★ 

This was another fun book in the How to Train Your Dragon series.  I actually really like Fishlegs.  It’s nice that even though Hiccup is kind of an outsider in his tribe, he has a friend, a human friend.

I really enjoyed the parts where they would find something that says “DO NOT OPEN” and they opened it anyway.  Then shocker, something bad would happen.  The tribe should really start listening to Hiccup and give him more credit. He knows what he’s doing!  He may not have the brawn that the other Vikings do, but he’s smart and scrappy, and that’s just as important!

Hiccup had a horrible time learning how to sword fight at sea.  But I really liked the discovery at the end of the book!  What a cute way to say why he had been so clumsy!!!  <SPOILER> Having a dad who is left handed, he was taught sports all right handed. I think it would be really tough to have a dominant hand and then try to learn to do something NOT using your dominant hand!  Poor Hiccup!  But no one will know because they decided it was best not to tell anyone about their discovery and battle in the cave <END SPOILER>.

This book had good pacing.  It had quite a bit of humor.  I liked the lessons in this book about putting the greater good before your own and that you can “receive a hero’s welcome without coming home a hero”.

Overall, I still really like this series and look forward to continuing.


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