JK Rowling to publish new children’s book online

J.K. Rowling has good news for locked-down fans looking for a Dobby, er, hobby.

I wrote most of a first draft in fits and starts between Potter books, intending to publish it after.

The "Harry Potter" author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago.

The Ickabog is a fairy tale "about truth and the abuse of power". However, the manuscript did not see the light of the day until a few weeks back.

Ickabog, the story she read to her two children when they were little, she said, is for "children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these odd, unsettling times".

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

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J.K. Rowling announced today that a new book, The Ickabog, will be serialized for free on its own website beginning on May 26 and continuing until July 10. It's a way for her to help children keep their minds busy and creative as they remain indoors. Illustrations have already started pouring in, and Ms Rowling "retweeted" some that caught her eye. And after a few rewrites (with input from her now teenage-aged kids who demanded certain parts remain in the story), Rowling made a decision to share the fairy tale with kids everywhere to help them deal with COVID-19. It's been very hard on children, in particular, so I brought The Ickabog down from the attic, read it for the first time in years, rewrote bits of it and then read it to my children again'. The creator of the Harry Potter series said she chose to pull "The Ickabog" story "down from the attic" and publish it for children forced to stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown. Only recently she thought of "immersing herself in a fictional world" again and began reading out chapters from the book to her family.

The book will be released in English in November 2020 in print, audio, and as an ebook.

The first two chapters are available to read now.

Harry Potter narrator's new book is set to take children out of the horror of corona. "Let your imaginations run wild!" Winners of the competition will have their drawings included in the published book in their part of the world.

She added she will not be judging the competition but encouraged parents or guardians to share the picture on social media. "Further details will be available later in the year".

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