The new fairy tale of "Harry Potter's mother" arrives in bookstores in a special and unique edition for each country
A bedtime story, the one preferred by his family, which today comes out simultaneously all over the world. We are talking about The Ickabog, the new story of J. K. Rowling that was written over ten years ago for her children. During the summer, the author published it in installments and free of charge to entertain children also with a competition: the "Tournament of illustrations".
Here are five things to know about J. K. Rowling's latest book.
The Ickabog, the book
Two young and brave protagonists, a once happy kingdom and a terrible monster: these are the ingredients of the fairy tale born from the pen of J.K. Rowling. The one narrated in The Ickabog is a story based on the power of hope and friendship and on how these two elements can win against adversity. These themes are very dear to the author who also in the much loved Harry Potter series speaks to us about how love, friendship and courage can defeat evil. Topics Rowling has built her literary success on, creating a world that is beloved by readers of all ages. Suffice it to say that the Harry Potter saga has sold around 500 million copies and has been translated into over 80 languages. If that's not enough, it was also brought to the big screen with the making of the series and related films (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
The Ickabog, a story left in the "attic"
This fairy tale, born a long time ago, was pulled out of the "attic" during the period of the coronavirus lockdown and the author went back to work sharing the chapters with her grown-up children. This is his family's favorite bedtime story that was born about ten years ago.
The Ickabog, the beneficial aspect
The novel was published simultaneously worldwide, in a single edition for each country. In Italy with the Salani publishing house, which has also published the entire saga dedicated to the most famous wizard in the world. All copyrights derived from the sales of the fairy tale will be donated by J.K. Rowling to the charity foundation The Volant Trust, which works to assist, at an international level, those who have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ickabog, the "Tournament of illustrations"
Children's drawings embellish the book: in fact Rowling has given life to the "Tournament of Illustrations". He published the chapters of his fairy tale online and invited children between the ages of 7 and 12 to participate in the project. The budding illustrators drew based on inspiration and posted their drawings on the dedicated website. Then a jury of Italian experts chose the 34 winners from our country who illustrated a chapter each of The Ickabog. Thus each edition of the fairy tale is unique and has been enriched by the drawings of the children-illustrators of the country of origin.
The Ickabog, online and free publication
The Ickabog was published free online in installments this summer, on a dedicated site. The author shared one chapter a day (every working day) to allow the children participating in the "Tournament of Illustrations" to be inspired by the adventures narrated by the fairy tale. The project started on June 3, 2020 and ended on July 24. J. K. Rowling has thus given a double moment of leisure to her fans, made up of reading and drawings.