JK Rowling Releases the Ickabog

JK Rowling Releases the Ickabog

JK Rowling Releases the Ickabog

J.K. Rowling pulled a literal box out of her literal attic a few weeks ago in order to literally dust off a draft of a book she wrote many years ago while still in the midst of writing the Harry Potter series.

The books will be easy to read out loud and will be set in an imaginary land.

"I think The Ickabog lends itself well to serialisation because it was written as a read-aloud book (unconsciously shaped, I think, by the way I read it to my own children), but it's suitable for 7-9 year olds to read to themselves".

The superstar British writer said she chose to pull The Ickabog story "down from the attic" and publish it for children forced to stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The author said that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. Speaking about the book, the writer mentioned that she is releasing the book for the children because she understands that the lockdown has been very hard on them.

The first two chapters have been posted on a dedicated website, www.theickabog.com, with 34 daily instalments appearing in total, each weekday, up until July 10.

"The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power", she said, adding it was not "intended to be read as a response to anything that's happening in the world right now".

"For the last few weeks I've been immersed in a fictional world I thought I'd never enter again". To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn't meant to be read as a response to anything that's happening in the world right now. This was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my writing life, as The Ickabog's first two readers told me what they remember from when they were tiny, and demanded the reinstatement of bits they'd particularly liked (I obeyed).

"I want to see the imagination go wild!" What's more, Rowling is releasing her new book online, chapter by chapter, for free. In the first two chapters also "king Fred, the fear will be introduced in addition to the legend of the Ickabog loose", the ruler of the Cornucopia and the five-year-old Bert Beamish. If you are between the ages of 7-12, you can submit those drawings to the official competition for a chance to be featured in The Ickabog book, slated to be published in November. The competition is already open to residents from Canada and the United States, as well as residents from Australia, India, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Who or what an Ickabog is unknown, so we'll have to wait until next week's chapter for more details.

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