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Enjoy J.K. Rowling’s new fairytale ‘The Ickabog’

J. K. Rowling's The Ickabog title

What’s the idea?

Chapters of J.K. Rowling’s new fairytale The Ickabog are being released each week. It’s FREE and there is an illustration competition too!

What’s the story?

J.K. Rowling is sharing The Ickabog, her new children’s fairytale.

The book was drafted 10 years ago and only J.K. Rowling’s children have ever heard it.

Rowling is cheering people up during lockdown by giving us a new story to enjoy.

She says: ‘It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story’.

But we don’t care, because we love anything she writes!

(By the way, if you love Harry Potter, check out our other Harry Potter activities – Harry Potter Games)

People should do this because…?

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a new fairytale.

Some kids struggle with reading but are more likely to want to read this book.

It’s FREE! Instalments of the book are being published on The Ickabog website over the next 7 weeks.

A chapter (or two or three) is being released at a time.

Even more exciting, there is a competition for young illustrators (7-12 years).

If you love drawing, J.K. Rowling wants you to help create artwork for The Ickabog.

The actual book will be published in November this year.

So you can see your drawings in print!

All the royalties from the published book will help people affected by the coronavirus (more details to follow later this year).

Let your children’s imaginations run wild.

Enter the illustration competition for their chance to be part of a new J.K. Rowling book!

How do you do it?

How to find out more about J.K. Rowling’s The Ickabog story:

To enter The Ickabog Illustration Competition:

  • The competition is open to children aged between 7-12
  • J.K. Rowling will make suggestions for illustrations each day when new chapters of the story are uploaded
  • Your drawings can be uploaded to either the UK (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India) or US (US and Canada) publisher’s website
  • Unfortunately, this is only available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, US, and Canada. However, this will be extended to other countries very soon
  • A selection of artwork will be displayed on the Illustration Gallery of The Ickabog website
  • Finally, 35 entries will be used as artwork in The Ickabog book when published. 

How exciting!

To enter click on this link – The Ickabog Illustration Competition:

Entries are open, and the competition will close at 6 pm BST on Friday 17th July 2020.

Stuff you may need

  • Computer, tablet
  • Wi-fi
  • Colouring pens and pencils

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