Good morning everyone!
I hope you are all well. I have the utter joy of being on the blog tour for Loki, the brilliant new book by Louie Stowell today… and let me tell you, if you haven’t read this yet, you are in for a total treat!
After one prank too many, trickster god Loki has been banished to live as a kid on Earth. If he can show moral improvement within one month, he can return to Asgard. If he can’t? Eternity in a pit of angry snakes. Rude! To keep track of Loki’s progress, King Odin (a bossy poo-poo head) gives him this magical diary in which Loki is forced to confess the truth, even when that truth is as ugly as a naked mole rat. To make matters worse, Loki has to put up with an eleven-year-old Thor tagging along and making him look bad. Loki is not even allowed to use his awesome godly powers! As Loki suffers the misery of school lunch, discovers the magic of internet videos, and keeps watch for frost giant spies, will he finally learn to tell good from bad, trust from tricks, and friends from enemies?
Louie is stopping by today to answer just a few of my questions! Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour to see more joy from Louie!
- What inspired the idea of Loki keeping a journal?
A mix of things. I’ve kept a diary since I was twelve (no you can’t read it) so it’s a very natural way of writing for me. But I’ve also loved books in diary form for a long time, Adrian Mole especially. That’s why the book is dedicated to him.
- What type of pen did you use for your illustrations? Did you explore other mediums/materials beforehand?
Ooh this is my favourite question. I get very nerdy about pens. I did try dip pens for a while but they were too messy. I settled on Staedtler pigment liners, especially the chisel tip ones. I’m mulling over the idea of going digital, but not yet. I love my pens too much.
- What impact do you hope this book will have on children?
I’d love for this book to make them question the world around them more and challenge assumptions. I also hope it will help more of them keep going with their drawing, given I’m doing it professionally and my drawings are super scribbly.
- Loki describes his Physical Education class as “an hour of ritual pain and humiliation”, which plenty of kids and adults probably relate to. Did you have a least favourite subject at school?
Maths. No one could explain to me why maths worked and I found that very frustrating. I still do. I need a reason why things are the way they are. Maths feels very “because I say so”.
- Do you have a favourite Norse-mythology-inspired TV show or movie?
YESSSS. Ragnarok! It’s amazing. Not at all suitable for children, but it’s brilliantly atmospheric with just the right amount of soapiness. Norse gods are reborn as teenagers in the present day, fighting giants who are also part of an evil corporation.
A massive thanks to Louie for taking the time to answer my questions and to Walker for inviting me on the blog tour! I absolutely adored Loki and I know you all will too!
Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour below:
Keep your eyes peeled on social media on the 11th February because something exciting is coming…