J.K. Rowling's New Book 'The Ickabog' is Free for Kids to Read

Run out of Harry Potter books to read during quarantine? Good news! Author J.K. Rowling has begun releasing chapters of 'The Ickabog,' a story she wrote years ago to read to her own children each night. 

Rowling started writing The Ickabog while she was finishing the Wizarding World series with the intent of publishing it after the 7th Harry Potter book was released. Instead, she decided to focus on 2 adult novels and left her draft of The Ickabog in the attic, where it remained for many years. When the coronavirus lockdown happened across the world, she pulled the Ickabog story out, updated it and decided to share it.

The bestselling author's new book will be published for free, in instalments, over the next weeks, until July 10. While she wrote it as a read-aloud book, Rowling said that the story is also suitable for children to read to themselves.

The Ickabog tells the story of the mostly bountiful kingdom of Cornucopia, where a mythical monster — the Ickabog — lives "at the very northernmost tip of the country, in a wide patch of dark and often misty marsh too dangerous for humans to enter." Rowling says, "It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story."

The author's publishers are also inviting young fans (ages 7 to 12) to enter an illustration competition, for the chance to have their artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later in November. She'll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as chapters are published, but states that kids should let their imagination run wild. Rowling will not be judging the competition. Publishers from around the world will be free to choose the illustrations they feel best suit the book. All proceeds of the book will be donated to those affected by the coronavirus.

You can start reading chapters of the book at www.theickabog.com.

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