So begins Cressida Cowell's hilarious picture book about a little Viking who cannot fit in. Unlike his dad, Stoick the Vast, Hiccup is tiny, thoughtful and polite and scared of almost everything - especially of going to sea for the very first time. But go he must...So who will save the day when everything goes disgustingly wrong aboard ship and all the big Vikings lose their cool?This wonderfully witty fable will delight all those who have ever faced up to their worse fears and is destined to become a children's classic. Expect great things from little Hiccup. This is a perfect picture book for all children aged between three and six who love Vikings and watching grown-ups come unstuck!
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Cressida grew up in Chelsea. She studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford Universtiy. She then worked at Macmillan in the Fiction department. She took a BA at St Martins in graphic design and then an MA in Narrative Illustration in Brighton. She is married with two children and two cats!From Publishers Weekly:
Hiccup, a diminutive Viking boy, dreads rough stuff. His linebacker-size father, known as Stoick the Vast, cheerfully scoffs, "Vikings don't get frightened." Hiccup reluctantly joins a crew and, as the sea grows wilder, he turns green and gets seasick "all over Stoick's feet." However, the other sailors feel queasy, too. Their squiggly frowns betray their nausea, and they lean over the side of the bucking ship (with their backs politely to the reader). Hiccup sees that his peers get scared, "but they get over it... That's what makes them so brave." Cowell (Little Bo Peep's Library Book) describes Vikings as "enormous, roaring thieves with bushy mustaches who sailed all over the world and took whatever they wanted." She downplays the pillaging (which could compromise the heroism) and pictures Stoick as a broad-bellied, guffawing fellow with curling horns on his pointed helmet. In the loose watercolors, in which smiling sea creatures ride roiling waves, Hiccup is a gentler figure. His short red hair matches his father's scraggly beard, but his blue helmet has stumpy, blunt horns. Cowell gives practical advice about facing fears, with an all-too-human problemAthrowing upAas the great equalizer. Ages 4-7.
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Descripción Hodder Children's Books, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110340757213