J.Okay. Rowling is publishing a brand new kids’s guide known as The Ickabog on-line without cost. The guide, which is harking back to traditional fairy tales (not Harry Potter), will launch chapter-by-chapter over the subsequent seven weeks—with “a chapter (or two, or three)” being revealed at a time.
In keeping with Rowling, The Ickabog is an previous guide that got here into existence throughout Harry Potter’s heyday. It’s for youngsters, however in Rowling’s phrases, its a narrative concerning the timeless themes of “reality and the abuse of energy.” Rowling learn the guide to her kids every evening whereas engaged on it, however determined to publish a “guide for adults” as a substitute. After years of gathering mud, Rowling pulled the guide out of her attic, touched it up, and determined to launch it without cost.
The Ickabog isn’t the primary Rowling guide to return out of the blue, however its timing and material could resonate with readers greater than the writer’s current crime novels. For Rowling, the “most enjoyable half” of The Ickabog’s launch is its accompanying Scholastic Illustration Competitors. Youngsters from the ages 7 to 12 can submit drawings which may be featured in The Ickabog guide, which is revealed in November of this 12 months. Rowling may even publish illustration requests on her Twitter feed and The Ickabog web site so that youngsters and adults can share their fan-art and work together with the writer.
Scholastic hasn’t clarified if contest winners will obtain financial compensation for his or her work (most likely not), however the contest guidelines state that every one entries, even the dropping entries, can be utilized as Scholastic sees match. In keeping with Rowling, all of her Ickabog guide royalties might be donated for Coronavirus reduction.
Supply: J.Okay. Rowling through The Verge