I was warned when I told people we were reading How to Train Your Dragon it is nothing like the movie. I would always reply, they rarely are like the movie. Of course, it’s true, the How to Train Your Dragon book is barely like the movie, but since I watched the movie first I still love it. As my kids have grown older, they’ve taken more of the lead in our book and a movie night. There are some books, where I’ve barely gotten the book assigned that they’re coming to me with long lists of suggested snacks and ideas for us to make. Our How to Train Your Dragon book club is one of those books.
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How to Train Your Dragon book
The How to Train Your Dragon book series follows the adventures of Hiccup and all of the friends in the movie, but their adventures are entirely different. They are more of the typical Viking adventures, just with dragons. I’ll confess I had the kids check out large numbers of the books from the library, so I don’t remember if anyone actually read the first book in the series, but in all of the books I remember reading they already all had dragon pets. By the way, the dragons are much smaller in the books.
Either way, it was a rollicking good time to read, and we all quite enjoyed it. Though there was a lot of comments saying, “This is different from the movie” as they read it.
How to Train Your Dragon snacks
Way back before I was doing these fun movie nights an online friend of mine had a How to Train Your Dragon birthday party and I distinctly remembered her using Cheetos as fireballs. This stuck with me until we finally had our movie night.
This is again back in the day before I was making all of the signs, and my son grabbed the cards and proudly made the signs, incorrect spellings and all.
- Fish- We used Swedish fish as well as a couple of different goldfish types (regular and cupcake I think)
- Sheep- marshmallows with chocolate chips for eyes, very popular
- Gobber’s leg- a pretzel stick dipped in melted butterscotch, very popular.
- Fireballs- the Cheetos I mentioned earlier, I think the crunchy ones would work better.
- Tentacles- gummy worms (which apparently Amazon doesn’t sell, go figure), obviously
- Shields- I got one of those giant metal tins of cookies and we put out an assortment of them
- Shells- more of those cookies
- Viking ships- we made sub sandwiches and stuck bamboo skewers in them with paper sails. I love how they turned out.
More 4th Grade Book made into movies
- James and the Giant Peach book club
- Because of Winn-Dixie book club
- The Witches book club
- Holes book club
- Bunnicula book club