The Ickabog: A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whole family Hardcover – 10 November 2020
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (10 November 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510202250
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510202252
- Reading age : 7 - 11 years
- Dimensions : 17.2 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A] gripping fairy tale, complete with delightful illustrations from young fans....ultimately it is a tale of good triumphing over evil, and a tribute to the power of hope and friendship. Surely set to become a classic. Children's Book of the Week ― Press Association Published On: 2020-11-11
JK is back in children's territory with this glorious fairytale that has just the right mix of silliness and peril. It's peppered by children's drawings (those who won The Ickabog Illustration Competition this summer) and lends itself to being read aloud. ― MuddyStilettos.co.uk
Her imagination is a marvel and her plotting ever-sophisticated in what could otherwise be deemed a simple tale....The illustration are thrilling, well chosen and a breath of fresh air. It's hard to put an age range on this book which, if read aloud, could captivate children as young as four or five, but will be lapped up especially by seven to ten-year-olds and entranced this 47-year-old. ― The Times
Rowling's fairytale, first conceived as a bedtime story for her young children and released online chapter by chapter during lock down, gets a lavish hardback publication with illustrations by child readers from around the world. ― The Guardian
An original fairy tale written by one of the nations favourite authors. A great addition to your children's reading collection, but an equally good read for adults who loved the Harry Potter series. Mythical creatures, horrible monsters and a perfectly happy kingdom called Cornucopia - what ever could go wrong? ― The Mirror
High suspense, a glorious cast of villains, and plenty of jokes ― The Daily Telegraph
This original fairytale by JK Rowling is about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds. ― Financial Express
JK Rowling at the height of her powers: charming, imaginative, big ideas for small people as fabulous characters
- from little Daisy Dovetail to snivelling Lord Spittleworth - come up against villains both real and imagined...Rowling began her journey with The Ickabog by reading her children a chapter each night. Aimed at readers between seven and nine, it's "best read aloud", for its lyricism and cliff-hangers both.
Thanks to COVID-19, JK Rowling rediscovered an unfinished tale that she had written for her own children ten years ago "in fits and starts" between the seven Harry Potter books. During lockdown she put it online for free, inviting the millions of children stuck at home around the world to contribute illustrations. Now, and in our darkest hour, it is published; and just like Harry Potter, it is a light for when other lights go out....
The winning illustrations by children of 7-11 from Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland and Britain are a delightful touch, and royalties are donated to the Volant Charitable Trust to assist groups particularly hurt by Covid-19. Rowling has written some entertaining novels for adults, but it is as a children's writer that she has achieved phenomenal world-wide fame. The Ickabog won't just be put under every lucky child's Christmas tree: it is a monster hit that deserves to be.
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This is a intents book.
I would not like to be living in cornucopia when lord spittleworth was lieing about the icabog.
I love how kids from around the world did the illustrations.
I put a picture into the competion myself it was great fun.
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I ordered this book, when there was a backlash about a tweet she did, as I wanted to support her stand for truth.