How To Train Your Dragon Readalikes

Movie:  How To Train Your Dragon    

Description:  Based on the book series by Cressida Cowell.  The final movie in the series, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” premieres February 2019.

“A winner with audiences and critics alike, the Academy Award-nominated DreamWorks Animation film, How to Train Your Dragon, rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes — a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds. . .”

Readalikes for Gradeschoolers and up

Appeals: Magical creatures, adventure, witty humor, historical setting

Readalikes

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede 

Amazon’s Description:  Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she’s never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She’s found plenty. 

Crossover Appeal: This first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series features a similarly misunderstood protagonist — who is chafing under the expectations of her family — finding adventure and a scaly best friend in a pseudo-Medieval setting.

The Notebook of Doom (series) by Troy Cummings 

Amazon’s Description: Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word “DOOM” inscribed on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons–unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illlustrations, and of course . . . monsters!

Crossover Appeal: Just how Hiccup chronicles the dragon species he encounters (and hopes to encounter, like the elusive Night Fury), protagonist Alexander comes up against a new type of magical monster in each volume of the series.  Notebook of Doom also has a similar witty, slapstick humor style to the How to Train Your Dragon movies.

Gregor the Overlander (series) by Suzanne Collins

Amazon’s Description:  When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

Crossover Appeal: Like How to Train Your Dragon, this series is a coming-of-age story for Gregor with a fast, adventurous pace and magic threaded throughout.

National Geographic Kids Everything Vikings: All the Incredible Facts and Fierce Fun You Can Plunder by Nadia Higgins 

Amazon ‘s Description:  The two princesses of Bamarre couldn’t be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie—terrified and unprepared—sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sisters’ lives—and Barmarre’s fate—hang in the balance.

Crossover Appeal:  For kids who most enjoy the setting and time period of the How to Train Your Dragon movies, grab a non-fiction book like this to help them separate fact from fiction and delve deeper into the world. 

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Amazon ‘s Description:  The two princesses of Bamarre couldn’t be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie—terrified and unprepared—sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sisters’ lives—and Barmarre’s fate—hang in the balance.

Crossover Appeal: A lesser-known book than Levine’s Ella Enchanted, but just as well written, The Two Princesses of Bamarre shares the character thread of familial closeness and coming-of-age with How to Train Your Dragon and a bevy of magical creatures sprinkled in.

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