Rowling announced on Tuesday (26) her new book of fairy tales, titled as The Ickabog. The project, described as stories full of “timeless elements”, will be the author’s first for the child audience unrelated to the universe of her famous wizard. The information was even highlighted by her in a statement, saying that “it is not Harry Potter and does not include magic. It is a totally different story ”.
The first two chapters of the book are now available for free online reading, through the official website. The remaining parts will be released gradually, between May 26 and July 10, while the full version will be released only in November this year. All royalties will be reverted to help people impacted by the coronavirus.
J.K. Rowling explained that he had the idea for The Ickabog a long time ago and that he read the draft story to his youngest children every night while working on the content. As it was being prepared, the book came to be considered for adults, however, with the social isolation resulting from the pandemic, she resumed the initial plan to bring it in the form of entertainment for children.
“It’s been a very difficult [moment] for the kids, in particular, so I went back to The Ickabog for the first time in years, rewrote some excerpts and then read it again to my kids. They told me to put back certain parts that they liked when they were little, and here we are! ”Said the writer.
In addition, a virtual contest was announced in which participants will be able to send illustrations to compose the physical book. For this, children from 7 to 12 years old must request that their parents or guardians submit the drawings on the official website, which will then be subject to criteria and appreciation by several publishers worldwide.
On the subject, Rowling commented that she will send suggestions to the candidates, but without leaving aside the premise of freedom. Proposals can still be shared on Twitter with the hashtag #TheIckabog. The competition is now available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United States and Canada and will soon be extended to other countries.