The Day the World Went Loki by Robert J. Harris

The Day the World Went Loki

Written by Robert J. Harris
Part of the Kelpies Series

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Hilarious adventure, mythical creatures and non-stop action. Two brothers recite an ancient rhyme and conjure up an extra day of the week but they had no idea it would work - or that the day would belong to the banished Norse god, Loki, master of mischief, monsters and mayhem. As the day wears on, time seems to be lagging behind. Will this day of madness never end? Can two ordinary boys outwit an ancient lord and his monstrous minions, AND get their mum back?


The Day the World Went Loki by Robert J. Harris

'At that moment the kitchen door opened and something colossal came stomping out. It was about seven feet tall with green skin and tufts of black fur on the back of its ham-like hands. A long, thick tail was dragging heavily across the floor behind it. It was wearing Mum's green summer dress and white apron.'

Lewis and Greg have accidentally turned their mum into a troll, and the town of St Andrews into a fantasy world overrun by yetis, elves, dragons and valkyries - few of them friendly.


'Aimed at 8 to 11 year olds this is fun and weird at the same time. There are lessons to be learnt by the boys including the importance of family. The mixing of school. Scotland and Loki works well and whilst enjoying the storyline the reader is also gaining information about Norse mythology. This was a book I enjoyed and would be happy to have in a school library.'

'The book is written with great wit and an abundance of one-liners ... this is a fun story that rattles along and works on every level. Harris (Bob) doesn't talk down to his readers. He assumes they can work out that Greg is lazy and Lewis is smart, that Lindsay has a crush on Greg. His dialogue is clever and entertaining, though not beyond the ages of his characters, one for Sunday Times and QI afficionados.'

'A hugely enjoyable romp ... Lots of irresistible page turners and a hugely satisfying ending.'

'A boisterous, funny and magical tale of ancient myth hitting the streets of the modern world with a bang. You might think brainy Lewis and easy-going Greg get what's coming to them, but you'll still be cheering them on as they navigate Valkyries, dragons and a host of other unexpected epic pitfalls -- and all because they were trying to avoid a maths test! Robert Harris is a master of the hilarious.'

'A magical romp through streets of St Andrews.'

's Blood and Wizard's Hall 'This is a very funny addition to the myth, magic and the everyday genre with two endearingly distaster-prone heroes, plenty of action, larger than life (literally) characters and some very amusing jokes. This title should be popular with fans of humour and fantasy and would be a good choice for Beast Quest fans looking to try something different.'

About the Author

Robert J. Harris

Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons, and his dog. He is the author of many children's books, including Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, and Leonardo and the Death Machine; and he is the creator of popular fantasy board game Talisman.

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Book Info


208 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 12 years


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Floris Books

Publication date

8th August 2013




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