JK Rowling may be one of the greatest fiction authors in our era. Most of us still remember her great “Harry Potter” series and it’s spin-off “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”. She gained a great amount of support and fans worldwide from them. And truthfully, we are secretly begging for more. This time she came out with a story that is suitable for kids.
Rewriting The Story Left In The Attic
She announced it on Tuesday, 28th April, that the story that she once wrote as a bed-time story for her children 10 years ago will be serialized and published for free. “The Ickabog” story should entertain children affected by COVID-19 lockdown.
“My now teenagers were touchingly enthusiastic, so downstairs came the very dusty box, and for the last few weeks.” She continued that she never thought that she would be immersed in the fictional world again.
Five Chapters A Week
The first two chapters of “The Ickabog” story has already been posted on a dedicated website – www.theickabog.com, while the other 33 chapters will be released each weekday through installments until July 10. Read the story aloud at children between 7-9 years old.
They will publish the full story in English in November. JK Rowling planned to give all royalties to groups that are helping those affected by the pandemic. However, fans must know that this story is highly unrelated to the popular wizarding world series.
“‘The Ickabog’ is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” she said, “intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now.” JK Rowling also says, that the story is timeless and applicable to any country in any era.
Illustration Competition For Those With Wild Imagination
Currently, her publisher invites young artists to illustrate their version of the story. They can submit the artworks into a global competition held by the author’s publishers. The winners will have their drawings included in the published book in their part of the world.
“Having decided to publish, I thought how wonderful it would be if children in lockdown, or otherwise needing distraction during the strange and difficult time we’re passing through, illustrated the story for me,” she said. They are not really looking for the best technical skills but creativity, inventiveness, and effort counts.
Source: New Straits Times
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