How to Train Your Dragon: How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

In book 2 in the series, Hiccup learns that the popularity he earned from saving Berk from the Sea Dragon is shot lived. He and his fellow Vikings are being taught how to be pirates (it involves things like fighting at sea, spitting, and basic burglary) when they discover a coffin containing a man named Alvin the Poor-but-Honest Farmer and a riddle to the treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly, an ancestor of Hiccup’s who is viewed as the world’s greatest pirate. Yet another person Hiccup can’t quite seem to live up to.

When the tribe decides to search out the treasure, they get more than they bargain for. For one thing, the treasure is supposedly located on Skull Island, where dragons that are considered some of the most fearsome hunters troll. For another, only the true heir and his dragon can find Grimbeard’s treasure, and Toothless shows no talent for finding treasure.

Hiccup discovers many things about himself and once again becomes a sort of accidental sort of on purpose hero. But can he deal with being double crossed? And can he save everyone from the biggest threat they’ve faced (since the Sea Dragon) when he can hardly swing a sword without falling over?

I don’t know if they plan to make the second movie (which is planned for 2013) but I can’t help but wonder how they would change this one to the big screen.


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