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How To Be a Hero

Year 5 were lucky enough to be sent some advance proof copies of How to Be a Hero by Cat Weldon. Thank you to Reading Zone for asking for our opinions on this brilliant book!

Mrs Canning:

A heroically good read from Cat Weldon! Meet Whetstone, a most unheroic thief. When his efforts to steal a talking cup take an unexpected turn, he finds himself in the company of Lotta, a trainee Valkyrie. Together they embark on a rip-roaring adventure that spans several worlds. Will Whetstone be remembered for all the wrong reasons or will he finally learn that being different is sometimes the very best thing you can be?

I thoroughly enjoyed this unpredictable and humorous quest story. The characters were likeable, the story fast paced and I loved how the two worlds collided in this unlikely friendship. Not only did it help to educate me on different aspects of Viking lore, it also carries an important message about staying true to oneself.

I would highly recommend it to pupils aged 7+, particularly if they are studying the Vikings. It is the perfect book for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and would be a great addition to any bookshelf.


I would rate this book 5/5 because it's one of those comedy books: I LOVE THEM and the illustrations are extraordinary! It's like How to Train Your Dragon but more comedic. I would recommend this book and want more people to experience Cat Weldon's writing. If you like funny books, or adventure stories, then you would like this.


I was reading How to be A Hero by Cat Weldon. It's a beautifully told story by a wonderful author. I loved this book and I couldn't put it down! I felt like I was on a journey with Lotta and Whetstone (the protagonist). I rated this book 4.75 out of 5 - it was really close to a 5! It is a mythological fantasy adventure. I would recommend it to people who love mythology and want to learn more about it, or people who like fantasy. It's not a book I would normally read but I really enjoyed it.


I would rate this book 4.5/5 because it is adventurous and different to other books. I would recommend this book to my friends because I feel like they would like it. My favourite part was when Flee and Flay got in trouble at the end and my favourite character was Lotta.


I love this book. I would give it five stars. Whetstone and a trainee Valkyrie called Lotta go on a quest to get the golden cup. It is a Viking book that I really enjoyed. I would recommend it for How to Train your Dragon lovers.


This book is an amazing book about Vikings, Gods and lots more. It is about a boy called Whetstone and a companion (a trainee Valkyrie called Lotta). They embark on an adventure through different worlds. I would recommend this to people age 8 or over, who are fans of How to Train Your Dragon. This book was adventure-packed and pretty satisfying.

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