Breaking Book News: How to Train Your Dragon 2

March 10th, 2011 by

Nancy and I are huge fans of How to Train Your Dragon — both the movie and the book by Cressida Cowell. (If you missed it, check out our review — it’s as glowing as a village that’s been breathed on by a dragon!) So we’re extremely pleased that yesterday, Dreamworks announced the release date for the movie sequel: June 20, 2014.

Yeah, I know that’s really far away. But the way I like to think about it, that just gives them more time to make an awesome movie. Right?

Just like the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be in 3D, and the cast will all be pretty much the same. But what will happen in the movie? I have no idea! Unfortunately, no one’s spilling much about the story. I’ve been doing furious research on the Interwebs, and all I could find was this little teaser from the writer/director, Dean DeBlois:

“What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story. So the film takes on much more breadth, it’s really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially.”

Hello, talk about vague! Can we have some actual details, please?!

Normally, I’d say that since there’s actually a whole series of How to Train Your Dragon books, we should all just read the second book about Hiccup, and that would reveal all. But in this case, the movie was actually quite different from the book. So somehow, I have a feeling that How to Train Your Dragon 2 ISN’T going to be all about Hiccup’s search for Grimbeard the Ghastly’s treasure — which is the focus in How to be a Pirate (Book 2 in the series).

Oh well. I guess we have plenty of time to speculate: over three years! [wail of agony] Thank goodness there are so many Hiccup books to keep us entertained:

  • How to Be a Pirate
  • How to Speak Dragonese
  • How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
  • How To Twist a Dragon’s Tale
  • A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons
  • How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
  • How to Break a Dragon’s Heart

You can find out more about them all at Cressida Cowell’s official site.

So… if you had your choice, what would you want to see in Hiccup’s next onscreen adventure? More romance? More adventure? More Viking helmets? Share your ideas in the Comments — the sky is the limit! (Just like how the sky is the limit when Hiccup and Toothless are flying! Get it? Har har har.)

— Karen

Karen imagines she would not be very good at training a dragon. Once she killed a cactus in two weeks. A cactus

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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Review

April 4th, 2010 by

Up, up, and away!

If only we had wings, then both of us here at Kidsmomo would be soaring sky-high and doing crazy loop-de-loops right now.

Why? Because we LOVED the new movie How to Train Your Dragon, based on the book by Cressida Cowell.

Check out our video review of the film:

(Some of those dragons sure are ghastly. If you’d prefer not to lay eyes on the beasts, just download the audio of our review!)

Have you seen the movie or read the book? Leave a comment with YOUR review of How to Train Your Dragon!