Book Review- Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

Loki by Louie Stowell

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good
by Louie Stowell

4 out of 5 stars

Loki has been banished from Asgard. Odin has given Loki the form of an 11-year-old human, and sent Thor, Heimdall, and Hyrrokkin (also in the form of humans) to keep an eye on him. Loki must learn to be good within a month’s time, or he will be punished for all eternity. Thor and Loki go to school together and must dodge the sneaky Frost Giants, while Loki tries all the wrong ways to be good.

This was such a funny book! I liked all the cartoony comic illustrations on each page. Sometimes the text of the story changes to a comic strip for one or two pages, then back to the regular text again. The narrative is told from Loki’s perspective as he is writing about his quest in a magic diary that gives him points for being good. I thought this was a wonderfully effective story-telling technique!

The characters of Thor, Heimdall, and Hyrrokkin were really hilarious! They are all trying to adjust to life as a human, and they discover that humans have internet and games and cat videos. Heimdall keeps reading weird parenting books to try to be a father-figure to help Loki become good.

All the kids Loki meets at school are pretty typical. Some are bullies, some are nerds; they are just kids. One of the side characters, Valerie, mentions a couple of times that she has two moms.

I liked that, although Loki is selfish and mean, when things get really serious and dangerous, he will step up to help protect his friends. He is such a crazy complex character, and this book did a good job reflecting that. I liked that although Loki does bad things and bullies people, this book turns that around into a positive moral message about kindness and selflessness.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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