Fantasy movies for children and adults have always been popular. We all grew up with the ever famous Wizard of Oz. A classic movie for sure, and still so popular today. What does how to train your dragon book set to have to do with popular movies? Well, read on and we’ll find out why the how to train your dragon book set makes fantastic children’s reading. And, how this popular book set went from books to movies.
On the mythical Viking Island of Berk, the dragons tormented the Vikings. Ruining crops and stealing their livestock. So, the Vikings were in constant battle with the dragons. Then one day the Viking King’s son Hiccup changes all of this. Hiccup faces the unknown with a Night Fury dragon, and an unlikely friendship is formed between him and his new friend Toothless. Because friendship formed a bond of trust between Hiccup and Toothless. The villagers and dragons now live in harmony and help each other.
This is a brief storyline of the animated films by DreamWorks, How to Train Your Dragon released in 2010, and How to Train Your Dragon2, released in 2014. Wait there is more, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has just been released in 2019 and is in theaters as of the time of this writing.
The first two movies were box office hits, and I’m sure the new release will also be a hit. But, who is the mastermind behind these amazing fantasy stories?
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British children’s author Cressida Cowell is that mastermind. Cressida was born in 1966 and grew up in London. As a child, her family would spend a couple of weeks on a small uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. There was no electricity, no houses and certainly no cell phones back then.
Her father finally built a small stone house on the island where they would spend most of their summers. The stone house was lit by candle-light only. Because Cressida had so much time to herself she began to draw and write stories about Vikings and Dragons at a very early age.
Cressida went to University to study English and also went on to art school where she has a degree in graphic design and illustration.
Her first children’s book was published in 1998. In 2002 Cressida began to write a series of books called How to Train Your Dragon, based on her writings as a child on that island. She now has twelve books in the series.
This is where DreamWorks Animation comes into the picture, and takes the pages of Cressida Cowell’s books to life. From children’s books to blockbuster movies.