I love books, and I love film and TV too so we do have several film and TV tie-in books. I mainly have Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer guides, but also books on film art like Labyrinth, Mirrormask, and The Fifth Element. Mr Chaos mainly has books about how to make films. MG and DG have various character based books.
We also have many books that have been made into films or TV, which I suppose aren’t really ‘tie-in’ because they came first, but that’s where I’m choosing today’s book from.
How To Be A Viking: Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children’s Books, 2000, 2014)
How To Be A Viking was originally published as Hiccup: The Viking Who Was Seasick and is the first tale in the How To Train Your Dragon series. With the second film coming out this year, and the tenth anniversary of How To Train Your Dragon last year, the picture book has been reissued with a new title matching the other How To Train Your Dragon titles and a new forward from Cressida Cowell.
I have to admit we’ve not read any of the How To Train Your Dragon books other than this picture book. Mainly because we saw the film first, and absolutely loved it. Hopefully my daughters will get into the books when they’re a bit older though.
In this picture book introduction, Hiccup is afraid of everything but he’s especially afraid of going to sea for the first time. His father Stoick the Vast laughs at the idea of fear, but Old Wrinkly encourages Hiccup to find out for himself. Hiccup is seasick, but he learns something about all Vikings when a storm hits. Vikings sometimes get frightened, but what they do despite the fear is what makes them brave.
A wonderful message for all young children, and a great story for all pirate fans too. An essential edition to all How To Train Your Dragon fans bookshelves, as is the gorgeous looking Incomplete Book of Dragons out this month.
Disclosure: How To Be A Viking received for review from Hachette.