Thursday, November 1, 2012

How To Train Your Dragon

My family LOVES the movie How to Train Your Dragon !  We love the short episodes (DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury / Book of Dragons Double Pack ).  We love Hiccup and Toothless... GREAT characters!  SO...  it made sense that we'd enjoy the books too.

I borrowed How to Train Your Dragon Book 1 back  in September.  We were hooked.  We jumped right into Book 2 How to Be a Pirate .  We are currently reading How to Speak Dragonese Book 3.  I've been reading a chapter or two (or three) every night before the boys go to sleep.  I'm enjoying it just as much as they are.  (btw, There are many books in this series, 9 already released in the US and more coming.)

NOW... the books are quite different from the movie, ie: the vikings of Berk aren't out to kill all the dragons and Toothless isn't a Night Fury but a tiny Common or Garden Dragon.  Things like that.  

That being said... we are hooked to this series.  They are funny and clever.  Illustrations appear often throughout the chapters (helpful when reading aloud chapter books to 7 & 5 year old Braegger boys).  Toothless is HILARIOUS like the time he pooed in the bad guys helmet (we are still all giggling about that).

BEST of all they have led to all kinds of great creative projects for both of my boys.  They've made several  books of their own.  They're drawing dragons and vikings galore... and now we're making our own dragons!!!
Here's what we used:
1: empty paper towel rolls & toilet paper rolls cut at varying lengths for bodies
2: egg cartons for heads and behinds
3: cereal boxes cut into wings and tails
4: googly eyes
We glued the pieces together with my low temperature glue gun and the kids painted them.

These little dragons have been a GIGANTIC hit.  Dragon play galore around here. They've been taken to bed and played with first thing in the morning til nightfall.  Isn't it great when you can turn trash into very favorite toys?
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