Yes, Suzanne, I’m looking at you!
Cressida Cowell has a new book in her How to Train Yor Dragon series. After seeing the above tweet and the accompanying trailer (voiced by David Tennant), I rushed to Amazon to purchase the final installment of the adventures of 14-year-old Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his Common or Garden dragon Toothless, only to find this isn’t the final book. Rather, it’s a compendium of dragon species, drawn from Hiccup’s boyhood notebook.
Way to psych the public out, guys! Which leads me to one of this posts alternate titles:
The book is titled The Complete Book of Dragons in the U.S., although its real title (in the U.K. and possibly the rest of the world) is The Incomplete Book of Dragons. What?? Do publishers think we Americans can’t understand Cressida Cowell’s delightfully silly humor? That they have to dumb down the title for us? (As they did with the first Harry Potter book?)
Which leads me to yet another alternate post title:
The U.S. version of the book also has a different cover, and I’m Furious! (Pun intended.) It’s a black (or dark brown) shield with red curlicues on a mustardy-yellow background featuring several different types of dragons. At least it includes the Windwalker, book!Hiccup’s wonderful riding dragon, and the Deadly Shadow, the dragon that told us the bittersweet history of Fishlegs. (I truly believe both these dragons were inspired by the movie, which makes me love them even more.)
The U.K. cover features the dragon Furious, leader of the dragon rebellion. It’s the first time I’ve seen him in color and he’s beautiful. Well, except for the fact that he wants to destroy all of mankind in general, and Hiccup in particular.
Dammint, I feel cheated!
4. And Let’s Not Forget
5. And One More Thing I Learned from Twitter
[Both book covers © 2014 Cressida Cowell ]