The Viking War Cry

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‘One… two… three…’ Four hundred Viking voices screamed as one: ‘GO AWAY!’ and added for good measure the Viking War Cry. The Viking War Cry was designed to chill the blood of Viking enemies at the commencement of battle. It is a horrifying, electrifying shriek that begins by mimicking the furious yell of a swooping predator, which then turns into the victim’s scream of pure terror, and ends with a horribly realistic imitation of the death-gurgles as he chokes on his own blood. It is a scary noise at the best of times, but shouted altogether by four hundred barbarians at eight o’clock in the morning it was enough to make the mighty Thor himself drop his hammer and blub like a little baby.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

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Heroic vs Brave

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Although this is the part of the story that the bards tend to focus on as the bit where Hiccup was particularly Heroic, I do not agree. It is a lot easier to be brave when you know you have no alternative. Hiccup knew in his heart of hearts that the Monster intended to kill them all anyway. So he didn’t have a lot to lose.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

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A Dragon’s Triumphant Cry

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He dropped the mackerel at Hiccup’s feet, did three somersaults in a row and landed on Hiccup’s head. He let out the dragon’s cry of triumph, which is a bit like a rooster crowing but a lot louder and more self-satisfied.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

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Wolf Boy Stares Down a Dragon

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Wolf Boy knew there wasn’t much he could do to help Jenna with the Locum Tenens, but he thought he could try out the skills he had learned when he had lived with the wolverines in the Forest. And so Wolf Boy sat down about ten feet in front of Spit Fyre and very deliberately fixed his gaze on the dragon, willing him to stay calm and quiet. Spit Fyre caught Wolf Boy’s glance and quickly looked away, but it was enough. The dragon knew he was being Watched. He shifted about uncomfortably, but he did not move away. Spit Fyre sat unusually still in the soft drizzle, hoping that soon his Imprintor would appear and put an end to the unnerving two-legged wolverine who would not stop staring at him.

Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik by Angie Sage

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As Brave As Anyone

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Although he wasn’t your usual mindless thug of a Hooligan, Hiccup wasn’t a wimp, either. Being frightened is not the same as being a coward. Maybe he was as brave as anyone else there, because he went to catch a dragon despite knowing what dragons are like. And, when he had climbed perilously to the mouth of the cave and had found that inside there was a long, twisty tunnel, he still went down it, despite not being too keen on long, twisty tunnels with dragons at the end of them.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

I Am Allowed An Opinion

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I’m not going to stand here and tell you war is bad or wrong, we shouldn’t do it, and we should work for peace instead, because it would be too easy for people like General Branigan to say I’m naïve, I’m just a kid. To blow me off and act like nothing I say could be important. But if you think about it, I have more right than anyone to talk about what’s going on here, to have an opinion about it. I think if I’m allowed to stand up here and talk at all, then I’m allowed to have an opinion that matters.

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

 

Lasting Possessions

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…he had learned that a man’s deep friendships were the most important thing he could possess. Things can be broken, or lost. All a man can keep for certain are the things in his mind and heart.

Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles Book 4) by Robin Hobb

Giggle Book Award: Nooooooo!

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This month’s Giggle Book Award goes to a story about a little boy who wants to be a dragon, and a couple of dragons who want to be able to do things only little boys can do.

The entire book consists of dialog between boy and dragons. Here’s an example:

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Boy: Look at me, look at me! I’m a scary dragon. ROAR!
Dragon: No, you’re not.
Boy: Hmph. I am toothy and I am fierce. See?
Dragon: Actually, you are cute. Really cute.

Finally, the boy gives up and begins to cry. His cry consists of a loud and long wail: “Waaaaaaaaaa!”

This whiny wail, when played up by the reader, inspires all sorts of giggling.

A little later, in the book the dragons also give up and utter and long wailing cry:  “Waaaaaaaaaa!”

Yep, lots of giggling.

In the end, boy and dragons all realize they are just perfect the way they are…and playing Frankenstein is much more fun.

It’s a very cute book. Perfect for anyone who likes to use story time as an opportunity to indulge in a little readers-theater style acting.

ROAR!, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Liz Starin.

Dragon Boat Adventure

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“The following morning, the villagers were startled to see the animals cruising by. “There are no rules against a dragon boat,” sputtered Bo’s uncle. “But Dom can’t move his hands, feet or wings!””

The Year of the Dragon, Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jennifer Wood.

PS: Happy Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!