Here comes another mind-blowing revelation from the author of Harry Potter, the immortal fantasy book series, published over a period of ten years from 1997-2007.
J K Rowling, who took a break from writing children’s books after the last book in the aforementioned series, has recently declared that she is coming up with a new story.
Rowling, on the official website, writes, “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 book is Rowling’s way of helping children in these unprecedented times. “The Ickabog will be published for free on the website, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story,” said Rowling in her announcement on 26 May 2020.
The author adds, “I’m pledging all author royalties from The Ickabog, when published, to help groups who’ve been particularly impacted by the pandemic.”
But that is not all, J K Rowling has also announced an illustration competition regarding the book.
“The most exciting part, for me, at least, is that I’d like you to illustrate The Ickabog for me. Every day, I’ll be making suggestions for what you might like to draw. You can enter the official competition being run by my publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year. I’ll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as we go along, but you should let your imagination run wild,” writes Rowling on the official website.
This is a good time to let your young students know of the story and the competition. While the 90s was the Potter generation, let 2020s be the Ickabog one. Let’s introduce them to the magical world of J K Rowling’s writings, and pass on the legacy. Shall we?
Check out The Ickabog Website here to know more about the competition https://www.theickabog.com/home/
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