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ABTV Loves JK Rowling
In case you’re in need of a new children’s book to add to your collection, you are in luck, J.K. Rowling is releasing one. Now hold your wands, wizards and witches, this is strictly for the muggles. Her new piece of writing is the first children’s book she’s written unrelated to Harry Potter and the mysteries of Hogwarts. The story introduces new heroes and villains in a land free of magic.
As we continue to practice social distancing, J.K. Rowling will post The Ickabog piece by piece on the official website in hopes of keeping children engaged during the pandemic. The first two chapters were released May 26th and additions will be uploaded daily until July 10th. Although it was written over a decade ago, the plot touches on themes that can be related to what we are seeing in the world today. Inequality is sprinkled in the first two chapters along with kings and a monster that eats children and sheep.
The story was originally developed for Rowling’s two younger children. It became a bedtime favorite that eventually found its way in the writer’s attic. In 2007 there was a brief thought to publish the book, but it continued to collect dust when she decided to take a break from publishing.
“Then this lockdown happened. It’s been very hard on children, in particular, so I brought The Ickabog down from the attic, read it for the first time in years, rewrote bits of it and then read it to my children again. They told me to put back in some bits they’d liked when they were little, and here we are,” J.K. Rowling said on theickabog.com.
Although the entire fantasy will be on the website before the summer ends, a physical copy will be published in November.
Of course, she is no stranger to publishing amazing stories, but this time it will be done differently. Children have the opportunity to have their illustrations featured in the final version by submitting their artwork on the official website. Rowling will give suggestions daily, but the publishers will select the winning pictures. For people who simply want to show their interpretations without being judged, you can join in on the fun by posting a picture using the #TheIckabog hashtag on social media. Who knows, you might get a like, comment, or repost from someone on the team!
With the original goal to help people during the pandemic, J.K. Rowling will also donate her publishing royalties to families heavily impacted during these unfortunate times. More details will be released at a later time.
We know that Harry Potter fans are always looking for more about the wizarding world, and this story allows another generation to find a fantasy to escape to. Instead of defeating the dark lord, children will follow the adventures of a kingdom that’s fighting its own beast.
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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.
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