Loki’s furious at his punishment. He denies the admonishments of the magic diary he is compelled to keep. His indignity knows no end, from the human form he’s forced to assume, as eleven year-old boy, Luke, to his ‘human’ brother, Thomas, aka as Thor.

After all, this is Loki, ‘the cleverest, wittiest trickster‘! Therefore, Loki’s determined he can outwit his human home and family, the horror of school and then Odin. However, Odin’s set this challenge, which means Loki’s being monitored by a moral counter. It seems he must reach a score of 3000 to achieve a place in Asgard. Otherwise, he will be lost to the rest of forever….

It seems unlikely, for Loki has little regard for anyone about him, from gods, to mortals. We follow his progress, from one arrogant action, to backfiring trick, lurching between horror to hilarity. Can Loki realise a way to be good? Will he learn his lesson?

Bookwagon loves this clever development from the Norse gods, with a very entertaining story, incorporating brilliant graphics. Loki is a triumph (but I’d not let him know!)

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A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

Louie Stowell

(Walker Books)

Loki’s in trouble. It seems his meddlesome pranks and arrogance have become too much for Odin. It seems cutting goddess Sif’s ‘golden locks’, alongside an ‘ill-timed nap‘ have caused tumult. Therefore, Loki’s ‘banished to Earth in the body of an 11- year old boy’. What’s more, Loki is in an ‘ordinary’ family, albeit parented by fake god parents Heimdall and Hyrrokkin. Then there’s his brother, Thor, aka ‘Thomas’, who seems to win all popularity contests.
However, Loki’s not taken to his punishment easily. In fact, despite warnings that the diary he must keep is magical and monitored for honesty, Loki’s determined he can outwit his circumstances. What’s more, the moral improvement by which Loki’s improvement is measured, seems to be denied. How can this fallen god hope to avoid the rest of forever, ‘a chamber full of the smell of rotting fish’? Surely he’ll pull himself into line and attempt to follow all the rules…. won’t he?
Louie Stowell whose titles include Otherland offers a treat. It seems that through imagining such a predicament for a Norse god, we’ve a book that is well researched, entertaining and truly creative. What’s more the graphics and anecdotes are a treat. Bookwagon loves and recommends Loki highly to our middle grade readers.


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