JK Rowling to publish fairy tale free for locked-down children

Brenda Watkins
May 29, 2020

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is releasing her latest book as a free online serial for kids "needing distraction during the odd and hard time we're passing through" - and she's calling on fans to help create illustrations for an eventual print version.

J.K. Rowling the author of the famous Harry Potter series has released the first chapters of a fairy tale which is about a monster known as Ickabog.

Rowling said that she ended up putting the manuscript in the attic, but when she revisited it: "Opening the box was like opening a time capsule. Over time I came to think of it as a story that belonged to my two younger children, because I'd read it to them in the evenings when they were little".

In typical Rowling style, it ain't a pamphlet.

She will be serializing the book in chapters on her Ickabog website, with one or two chapters appearing every week for the next seven weeks. It's a way for her to help children keep their minds busy and creative as they remain indoors. "The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country", she said. Rowling made a decision to share the personal family favourite now to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the Coronavirus lockdown.

According toBBC, The Ickabog is the Harry Potter writer's first children's story not to be linked to the popular Harry Potter series.

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Famous British author, JK Rowling recently surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children's book, which she is publishing in daily installments on her website for free.

JK Rowling is to publish a new children's book, a fairy tale "about truth and the abuse of power" that she has kept in her attic for years, for free online for children in lockdown.

The author revealed, 'The best pictures in each publishing territory will be included in the books we intend to publish in November 2020'.

The first two chapters are available to read now. You should let your imagination run wild! "Creativity, inventiveness and effort are the most important things: we aren't necessarily looking for the most technical skill". A full print and e-book version will be available for purchase in November, with royalties going to help those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Rowling also encouraged parents and guardians to post artwork on Twitter with the hashtag #TheIckabog, so that she can retweet and comment on their children's work.

Announcing the financial contribution - which will be split between the Crisis and Refuge charities - Rowling said the money would go towards helping some of those hit hardest by the outbreak and the impact of the lockdown.

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