J.K Rowling has introduced The Ickabog. Her first children’s novel in over 10 years.
The idea for The Ickabog, a fairytale came to her while she was still writing the Harry Potter books, the plan at the time was for the story to be published after the release of the final Harry Potter book in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
But once she had released it Jo felt she needed a bit of a break and we can’t say we blame her, so The Ickabog ended up being put in the attic, and became a much-loved bedtime story for her youngest two children.
And now with the entire world in lockdown, she felt now was the perfect time to bring The Ickabog down from the attic, and with input from her youngest two children, give it an edit and release it so that children (and adults) can enjoy the story together.
The Ickabog is set in the fictional world of Cornucopia and tells the story of the residents within all the kingdoms that make up the world.
The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.- J.K Rowling writing about the story on her official website.
A few chapters a day are being published online, on the stories official website, until 10th July. There is also a competition to send in illustrations of The Ickabog.
Calling all budding artists aged 7-12! You're invited to illustrate the story of #TheIckabog and enter the competition for the chance to have your artwork featured in the printed version of the book.
— J.K. Rowling's Stories (@jkr_stories) May 26, 2020
So far five chapters have the story have been published, and it’s an utterly delightful read. One that will appeal both to children and adults, who appreciate J.K Rowlings ability to create vivid characters and world that it’s very easy to become swept away by.
The Ickabog will also be published in November as an e-book and physical book, but for now, click here, and join us as we delve into J.K Rowlings latest wonderful story.