The Day the World Went Loki

Robert J. Harris


Quick Look

  • Lewis and Greg conjure up an extra day of the week, but they didn't bargain for the day to belong to Loki, the Norse god of mischief
  • A hilarious, fast-paced adventure through a St Andrews succumbed to chaos and madness
  • Starring norse gods, valkyries and mythical creatures, this book will appeal to boys and girls alike

Lewis and Greg have accidentally turned their mum into a troll, and the town of St Andrews into a fantasy world. Can they change it back before Loki, Norse god of mischief, takes over forever?

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
192 pages
Publication date:
22 Aug 2013
The World's Gone Loki


'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.

When the brothers recited an ancient rhyme to conjure up an extra day of the week, 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?


'This was a book I enjoyed and would be happy to have in a school library.'
-- Books for Keeps

'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... one for Sunday Times and QI afficionados.'
-- Lothian Life

'A hugely enjoyable romp ... Lots of irresistible page turners and a hugely satisfying ending.'
-- Annemarie Allan, author of Hox, Breaker and Ushig

'A boisterous, funny and magical tale of ancient myth hitting the streets of the modern world with a bang... Robert Harris is a master of the hilarious.'
-- Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire

'A magical romp through the streets of St Andrews.'
-- Jane Yolen, author of Dragon'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.'
-- The School Librarian


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.

You can also visit the author's own website at

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