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Who Let the Gods Out?

(Who Let the Gods Out? #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  170 reviews
In the tradition of Chris Grabenstein, Stuart Gibbs, and Pseudonymous Bosch, a hilarious and action-packed romp involving one ordinary boy and a crazy cast of immortals.

Elliot Hooper wants nothing more than for him and his mother to have a regular life. Then a goddess of the Zodiac crashes from the sky into a pile of cow dung in front of him, and Elliot's chances at a reg
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Chicken House (first published May 19th 2014)
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A brilliantly funny adventure romp filled with kooky versions of all of your favourite Greek Gods, working together in a disorganised slapstick team to help human boy Elliot defeat a bunch of escaped evil daemon, and save his mum from the machinations of a dastardly neighbour. Packed with jokes and comic one liners - some of which must surely go over the kid's heads - it's a super-fun read. I particularly loved the opening with the awful teachers, the scenes with Hermes, who is a fab only-way-is ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Lots of fun! Would recommend for fans of Eoin Colfer.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute joy to read. Genuinely lovely characters that you care about. A really interesting plot. Just a total joy to read. I can not wait to read more!
Ashley Booth
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good luck finding a children's book that tops this in 2017.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Un libro divertidísimo. Recuerda a Rick Riordan, pero con menos aires. Maz Evans no tiene aspiración alguna a educar, ni ser correcta con sus figuras mitológicas y, precisamente esa irreverencia, es lo que permea todo el libro y lo hace tan divertido. Eso sí, advertidos que es un humor muy inglés.

Cuando quiera algo que me entretenga, me levante el ánimo y me permita dejar de lado la realidad por un ratito, buscaré otro libro de esta autora.
Can't wait to share this book with my class- I better get working on my character voices as there are certainly some interesting ones in there!

I'm amazed at how a book with such hard hitting topics like being a young career and having a house repossessed can be the basis of such a fun adventure! A well written story- Maz Evans clearly knows and understands her target audience!

Wenn ein aufgewecktes Sternbild namens Virgo mit Krawumms in einen Güllehaufen fällt, Zeus eine Hochzeit nach der anderen feiert, die Queen von England dem Dämonenkönig Thanatos so richtig den Hintern versohlt und Thanatos selbst tatsächlich mal gemeinsame Sache mit seinem Zwillingsbruder Hypnos macht, um die Chaossteine zu finden, dann … dann sind wohl tatsächlich die Götter los. Chaos ist vorprogrammiert, auch ohne die besagten Chao
Lucy Hay
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bang2writers
Packed with "in" jokes for adults, WHO LET THE GODS OUT is the book equivalent of a Pixar movie, but it's not so grown up it'll fly over the kids' heads either. Mary Evans' writing is sharp, witty and wonderfully saucy, reminiscent of Roald Dahl at his finest and the illustrations cleverly evoke a Quentin Crisp-style feel to go with the text. This is a great, family friendly book for tweens that WON'T be a monumental drag for parents to read to their spawn - such a rare treat! Recommended.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
This was hilarious!
Laura Noakes
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
My thoughts:

The amount of times I got funny looks on the train whilst reading this is ridiculous, but I didn’t care because THIS BOOK WAS HILARIOUS & I LAUGH/SNORTED AT EVERY JOKE.
I was captivated from the get-go–the story is charmingly infectious, Elliot is a great main character (I adored how sassy he was,) and the Gods were SO unique.
Speaking of the Gods, I loved the Greek mythology in this. It was familiar, but fresh. I know that when you think Greek Mythology, you mind automatically jum
Elizabeth Ducie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour
Elliot has a lot on his plate: he's being bullied by a teacher at school; he's being harassed by a neighbour; his mum is acting very strangely; and their precious home is at risk. So the last thing he needs is a constellation crashing into the cowshed and a gang of Gods moving in. Or does he? Maybe this is the best thing that could have happened.

I loved this debut novel by Maz Evans and read it in less than a day. It came across as a mix of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, with the odd nod to
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Super fun read!
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-or-ya
Fast moving and funny adventure story with lots of Greek gods making an appearance. Should appeal to upper KS2. It's not too long so less daunting for some more reluctant readers.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Less a review, than an outpouring of pure joy. I absolutely loved this book. To be honest, I had avoided reading it at first, as I've always known just what was necessary about classic mythology but never been gripped. Then I read this. Now I'm gripped. It gloriously hilarious and deliciously heart warming. There is humour to appeal to all ages, from the subtly nuanced references to the outrageously zany and farcical scenes. Maz Evans has expertly and cleverly adapted the Greek originals to appe ...more
Ian Smyth
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 14 year old son and I both loved this funny, inventive and deeply engaging book. The struggles of Elliot to cope with a difficult home life, troubles at school and then a god arriving in his cow shed kept us laughing out loud, turning pages and thoroughly gripped. I think it's a difficult act to pull off to have a story that is so funny, action packed and where you care a great deal about the main characters plight. And all of this plus the Queen making an even more surprising appearance that ...more
Robin Stevens
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really excited about this one. It's laugh-out-loud hilarious, it's super smart (mythology geeks will be in Elysium) it's brilliantly written and it's got some fantastic characters. I totally fell in love with Elliot and the gods, and I think you're all going to love them too. 8+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Hilarious – Heartfelt – Adventure

Those three words are printed on the back of this book as a way of hooking in an audience and they were the perfect three words to choose. I picked up a copy of Who Let the Gods Out? quite a while back now after hearing my lovely friend Steph absolutely raving about it. As part of my quest to read more Middle Grade, I decided it was finally time to read it for myself and I was blown away. This book is BRILLIANT.

Elliot lives on a farm with his mother. There is som
Katy Noyes
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully funny Greek Gods-meet-human story, huge potential for the series

From the synopsis alone, I knew I was going to enjoy this, I love Greek myths, and hae enjoyed adult forays into similar subjects, with the Gods interacting with humans and the two 'cultures' clashing. This is not Percy Jackson either, while there is a serious topic at the heart of it, it's also rip-roaringly funny and some jokes really are intended for adults reading along or teenagers with a decent knowledge of myths,
Graine Milner
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What fun! So many laugh out loud moments, high adventure and clever ideas. I love the thought of Charon diversifying into grocery delivery, and there are so many others like that. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarisch! En de Nederlandse editie is onderweg :) zin in!
Twelve-year-old Elliot Hooper has more than his fair share of stress. Not only does one of his teachers have it in for him, but his preoccupation over his mother's health has led the headmaster, Graham Sopweed, to keep a close eye on the boy. Although the book starts off just like many middle grade novels depicting the struggles of a student trying to fit in and stay out of trouble with the authorities, it quickly shifts to something else when Virgo, an immortal, volunteers for a mission and cra ...more
This was a delightful read! It felt like watching a silly, adventure-filled animated movie, and it had some genuine emotional threads in it as well. The relationships between Elliot and his mum and Elliot and Virgo were definitely highlights, and I was pleased by how Evans managed to ground the wacky, out-of-this-world plot and characters with relatable real world issues. Overall the book appealed to my sense of humor wonderfully, and I had such a good time with the first half. Unfortunately onc ...more
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May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I will ever tire of Greek God inspired stories when they are written as well as Maz Evans writes. But this isn't a retelling per se. Drawing on the larger than life Olympian Gods, integrating the zodiac signs, throwing in a mortal, and Evans has a book full of hilarity, friendship, serious burdens, and most importantly, an adventure to whisk the reader on. Evans is a genius and had me racing through this book in one sitting, eager for the next instalment. Superb writing, well drawn ...more
Hannah Brown
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month, and I am so happy I picked it up! It was a really cheery, funny little children's read.

I thought that the topics discussed in the novel were actually quite adult for being a children's novel. For example: Elliot is a young carer for his mum, who (I think) has a degenerative disease like early onset Alzheimer's. Elliot's house is about to be repossessed by the bank and/or sold to the interfering and really horrible next door neighbour. He e
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wenn das Sternbild Virgo in einen Güllehaufen fällt, Zeus, wie könnte es anders sein, sich in jedes weibliche Wesen verliebt und deshalb auch in die Queen, die dem Dämonenkönig Thanatos als Ninja den Hintern versohlt… dann sind wohl die Götter los und das Chaos ist ausgebrochen. Schwer zum Leidwesen der Sternzeichen, der obersten aller Bürokratieinstanzen. Wenn es nach denen geht, darf nichts hinterfragt werden und es sollte sich strikt an alle Regeln gehalten werden. Am Besten sollte auch so we ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm officially hooked. Will this series be the next Harry Potter? It's so clever and wonderfully written. I came across this book following a number of UK primary school teachers who enthusiastically recommended it. The first book finally made it to the USA and my library. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Rebecca Rouillard
The ten-year-old has been nagging me to read this for ages. A warm and entertaining adventure alone the same lines as Percy Jackson. Lots of fun.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next book. I really like the MC, Elliot. Actually, I really like all the characters. Well worth a read.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Über die Autorin:
Maz begann ihre Karriere als Journalistin, schrieb Filmkritiken und für Feuilleton. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann und ihren vier Kindern in London. (Quelle Verlag)

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Krawumms! Bruchlandung im Kuhstall - so hatte Virgo sich ihre Mission auf der Erde nicht vorgestellt. Auch bei Elliot läuft es nicht gerade optimal: Seine Mum ist krank, das Geld ist knapp und sein Lehrer hat es auf ihn abgesehen. Da hat er Besseres zu tun, als sich um ein durchgeknalltes Sternbild-Mäd
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