Title: Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good (Loki #1)
Author: Louie Stowell
Illustrator: Louie Stowell
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Older children/middle grade fiction, Humour
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  I, Loki, the mighty trickster god, have been BANISHED by Odin to live on Earth as an eleven-year-old boy.  To get back home I must…


Wish me luck!  Or don’t.  I care not for the opinion of mere mortals…

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a brilliant book which kept me glued to the pages and loving the antics of the Norse god Loki.  After events in Asgard, Odin plans to punish Loki, but rather than send him to spend eternity with a venomous snake, Odin gives him a chance at redemption and turns Loki into an eleven year old boy and sends him down to Midgard, Earth, to learn how to be good.  But can the trickster god really change his ways?

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I love this book from the start!  As part of his punishment, Loki has to live the life of an eleven year old, going to school and he has to keep a written diary of everything he does.  The book you are reading is Loki’s diary and he isn’t able to lie in it either because if he does, the diary will correct his lie.  I love how this book is written and all the brilliant doodles you find among the text, even those doodles on the front cover are funny!  Loki is the trickster god of Norse mythology and so being good isn’t easy for him, and he ends up making his situation worse rather than better, at first. I do like how Loki grows as a character throughout the book though and what he ends up feeling towards the end too.

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As part of his punishment Loki is sent to Earth along with some of the other characters from Norse mythology including Thor who acts as Loki’s brother.  I like what happens with Loki, his opinions of things like school and Thor and the way he describes things like the school, seen from the point of view of someone who doesn’t usually live on earth there are some funny observations.  I also love how as part of his punishment, some of the others from Asgard are on Earth too, to help watch what Loki does and to guide him, and how clueless a lot of them are too to Earth culture.

There are illustrations throughout the book and they are so good!  I love the way all the characters look, the way Loki draws everything and the funny doodles that appear all over every page.  It’s these extra doodles that make the already funny story, that much better and I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book so much if it wasn’t presented in this way.

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The story has a good build up to the end with the final ending being so brilliant and the last page already mentions how this series will continue.  I can’t wait to read the next book ‘Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame’!  I love anything Norse related so this book has been extra brilliant for me especially as I can understand the references to certain characters or things mentioned.  But even if children have no knowledge of the Norse god Loki before reading this, the book is so funny and brilliant and so well written that I’m sure many will enjoy it and I can’t recommend it enough! 🙂

What do you think of this book?  Do you like anything related to Norse mythology?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂