J.K. Rowling announces new children's book

J.Okay. Rowling introduced Tuesday that she has written a kids’s fairy story known as “The Ickabog” and can free up chapters of the guide on-line every weekday for kids to revel in right through those “abnormal, unsettling occasions.” The writer dropped the primary two chapters of the tale on Tuesday afternoon.

Rowling broke the inside track on Twitter, telling fanatics the guide isn’t a spin-off of her best-selling “Harry Potter” collection, however a brand spanking new tale. Rowling stated in a press free up on her web site that she wrote “maximum of a primary draft” greater than 10 years in the past, whilst she used to be nonetheless writing the “Harry Potter” books.

“I at all times supposed to post it, however after the remaining Potter used to be launched I wrote two novels for adults and, after some dithering, made up our minds to place the ones out subsequent,” Rowling tweeted, including, “till very not too long ago, the one individuals who’d heard the tale of The Ickabog have been my two more youthful kids.”

She added that the draft of the guide remained in her attic for years, and that she introduced the tale downstairs weeks in the past, did “just a little of rewriting” and made up our minds to post the guide free of charge on-line, so “kids on lockdown, and even the ones again in school right through those abnormal, unsettling occasions, can learn it or have it learn to them.”

No less than one bankruptcy of the tale shall be revealed each weekday from Tuesday till July 10 on “The Ickabog” web site, she stated.

Rowling could also be getting kids concerned within the guide through asking them for instance it. She stated she’s going to make ideas for paintings to accompany the launched chapters every day. The oldsters or guardians of youngsters between the ages of seven and 12 can then input the finished items in a contest to have their artwork seem within the guide, in line with the guide’s website online. The tale shall be formally revealed in English in November, with the “superb drawings in every territory” incorporated within the copies, Rowling’s web site stated.

“I need to see imaginations run wild! Creativity, inventiveness and energy are a very powerful issues: we are not essentially on the lookout for probably the most technical talent!” Rowling wrote within the press free up.

The contest shall be run through Rowling’s publishers. The drawings will also be submitted on-line to the writer of the artist’s respective nation, in line with the guide’s web site.

Rowling stated she would possibly not in my view be judging the entries, as publishers in every house will pass judgement on which “photos paintings superb for their very own editions.” However she stated if oldsters or guardians publish their youngsters’ creations on Twitter with the hashtag “#TheIckabog,” she’s going to be capable to proportion and remark.

When the tale is revealed and to be had on the market, Rowling stated she’s going to donate her income. She is pledging all writer royalties from the guide “to tasks and organisations serving to the teams maximum impacted through Covid-19,” she tweeted.

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