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Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Ruling the World

Authored by Louie Stowell
Illustrated by Louie Stowell
Published by Walker Books

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Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Ruling the World is the third book in the series which explores the adventures of Loki, who has been banished from Asgard to live on Earth.

After cutting off the goddess Sif’s hair, Loki has been banished to Midgard (Earth) where he has been forced to take the form of a mortal child and told in no uncertain terms NOT to display his godly powers, which include being able to transform into other creatures. He is living with his fake family, who are also from Asgard – Thor, Heimdall and Hyrrokkin. Loki needs to learn to be a better person and if he does then he can return to Asgard. However, if he can’t learn to be a better person then an eternity of snake torture in a dungeon awaits…

Loki’s continuing adventures are set out in the format of a diary where each day Loki has to write what he has done during the day and is then given a daily Loki Virtual Score (or LVS) which summaries how his day have been. The diary is also programmed with the wisdom of Odin, which means that every time Loki stretches the truth in what he writes there is a correction printed below it. In previous books he has discovered the horrors of attending school, fought some frost giants and made two mortal friends called Valerie and Georgina.

In this book, it is a difficult time for Loki as his fake mother and father have taken a holiday. But rather than leave Loki and Thor on their own, they are being looked after by Baldur, the favourite son of Odin and Thor’s half-brother who everyone loves, apart from Loki. On top of that, Thor has been chosen to play the hero in the school play, whilst Loki has been chosen to play the villain. To add to the mix, amongst the props there may be a very important ring, but will it help or hinder Loki as he tries to be a better person? Can Loki do the right thing? Or do the snakes await?

I love this latest adventure with Loki and found myself laughing out loud at the way it weaves together humour and family life. However, if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series then this is a great stand alone as well and would probably encourage you to read the previous ones as well.

I would recommend this as a great book to read aloud to a KS2 class, just be warned about the odd bit of toilet humour (well hamster poo humour!) You could link it to a topic on the Vikings but I would just choose it as a hilarious addition to any KS2 classroom bookshelf. Can’t wait for the next instalment.