J.K. Rowling announced on Tuesday that it had written a children’s fairy tale titled “The Ickabog” and will publish chapters of the book online every weekday so children can enjoy these “strange, troubling times”. The author dropped the first two chapters of the story on Tuesday afternoon.
Rowling took the message further TwitterTo tell fans that the book is not a spin-off of their best-selling “Harry Potter” series, but a brand new story. Rowling said in a press release on her website that she wrote “most of a first draft”
“I always wanted to publish it, but after the last Potter was released, I wrote two adult novels and, after some trembling, decided to release them next,” Rowling tweeted, adding, “until recently, the only people who ‘I heard the story of The Ickabog was my two younger children. “
She added that the draft of the book stayed in her attic for years and that she brought the story down weeks ago, “rewrote it a bit” and decided to publish the book online for free, so “Children in Lockdown or even” Those who are back to school in these strange, troubling times can read it or have it read to them. “
At least one chapter of the story will be posted on the Ickabog website every weekday from Tuesday through July 10, she said.
Rowling also brings children to the book by asking them to illustrate it. She said she would suggest art every day to accompany the published chapters. The parents or legal guardians of children between the ages of 7 and 12 can then submit the finished pieces in a competition so that their art appears in the book according to the website of the book. The story will be officially published in English in November, with copies of the “best drawings in each area” included, according to Rowling’s website.
“I want the imagination to go wild! Creativity, ingenuity and effort are the most important things: We are not necessarily looking for the most technical skills!” Rowling wrote in the press release.
The competition is run by Rowling’s publishers. The drawings can be submitted online to the publisher of the artist’s country, according to the book’s website.
Rowling said that she would not personally judge the entries because publishers will judge in each area which “images are best suited for their own issues”. But she said if parents or legal guardians publish their children’s creations on Twitter with the hashtag “#TheIckabog”, they can share and comment on them.
When the story was released and put up for sale, Rowling said she would donate her earnings. She promises all the author’s fees from the book “for projects and organizations that help the groups most affected by Covid-19,” she tweeted.