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J K Rowling Competition

The Ickabog  is a story written by J K Rowling a long time ago.  She used to read it to her two younger children chapter by chapter each night while she was working on it. However, when the time came to publish it, she decided to put out a book for adults instead, which is how The Ickabog ended up in her attic. She became busy with other things, and even though she loved the story, over the years she came to think of it as something that was just for her own children.


Then this lockdown happened. It’s been very hard on children, in particular, so she brought The Ickabog down from the attic, read it for the first time in years, rewrote bits of it and then read it to her children again. They told her to put back in some bits they’d liked when they were little, and that's as far as she has got!  The Ickabog will be published in instalments, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic.  This is an entirely different story. 


Later this year, J K Rowling will publish the full story and she needs the help of children all over the country to illustrate the book. Every day, she’ll be making suggestions for what you might like to draw. You can enter the official competition being run by her publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year. She’ll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as you go along, but you should let your imagination run wild.


J K Rowling won’t be judging the competition. Each publisher will decide what works best for their editions. However, if you, your parent or your guardian would like to share your artwork on Twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog, She’ll be able to see it and maybe share and comment on it!  You can also take a picture or scan your work and email it to me so that I can upload illustrations from Crockenhill on this page.   When the book is published in November, J K Rowling will  donate all her royalties to help people who have been affected by the coronavirus.   Full details will be available later in the year.

Chapter 1 King Fred the Fearless
Chapter 2 The Ickabog
Chapter 3 Death of a Seamstress
Chapter 4 The Quiet House
Chapter 5 Daisy Dovetail
Chapter 6 The Fight in the Courtyard
Chapter 7 Lord Spittleworth tells Tales
Chapter 8 The Day of Petition
Chapter 9 The Shepherd's Story
Chapter 10 King Fred's Quest
Chapter 11 The Journey North
Chapter 12 The King's Lost Sword
Chapter 13 The Accident
Chapter 14 Lord Spittleworth's Plan
Chapter 15 The King Returns
Chapter 16 Bert says Goodbye
Chapter 17 Goodfellow makes a stand
Chapter 18 End of an Advisor
Chapter 19 Lady Eslanda
Chapter 20 Medals for Beamish and Buttons
Chapter 21 Professor Fraudysham
Chapter 22 The House with no Flags
Chapter 23 The Trial
Chapter 24 The Bandalore
Chapter 25 Lord Spittleworth's Problem
Chapter 26 A job for Mr Dovetail
Chapter 27 Kidnapped
Chapter 28 Ma Grunter
Chapter 29 Mrs Beamish worries
Chapter 30 The Foot
Chapter 31 Disappearance of a butcher
Chapter 32 A flaw in the plan
Chapter 33 King Fred is worried
Chapter 34 Three More Feet
Chapter 35 Lord Spittleworth's Proposal
Chapter 36 Cornucopia Hungry
Chapter 37 Daisy and the Moon
Chapter 38 Lord Spittleworth comes to call
Chapter 39 Bert and The Ickabog Defence League
Chapter 40 Bert finds a Clue
Chapter 41 Mrs Beamish's Plan
Chapter 42 Behind the Curtain
Chapter 43 Bert and the Guard
Chapter 44 Mrs Beamish Fights Back
Chapter 45 Bert in Jeroboam
Chapter 46 The Tale of Roderick Roach
Chapter 47 Down in the Dungeons
Chapter 48 Bert and Daisy find each other
Chapter 49 Escape from Ma Grunter's
Chapter 50 A Winter's Journey
Chapter 51 Inside the Cave
Chapter 52 Mushrooms
Chapter 53 The Mysterious Monster
Chapter 54 The Song of the Ickabog
Chapter 55 Spittleworth offends the King
Chapter 56 The Dungeon Plot
Chapter 57 Daisy's Plan
Chapter 58 Hetty Hopkins
Chapter 59 Back to Jeroboam
Chapter 60 Rebellion
Chapter 61 Flapoon Fires Again!
Chapter 62 The Bornding
Chapter 63 Lord Spittleworth's Last Plan
Chapter 64 Cornucopia Again





Good luck and I hope you enjoy the story!