The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling | Kids Book Review

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J.K. Rowling, the author that introduced Harry Potter to the world, is back with her latest children’s book The Ickabog. A magical tale with some interesting twists, The Ickabog is the perfect read for children with big imaginations.

See what our little reader Ella thought about The Ickabog below ⬇️

The Ickabog is coming … a mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers.

The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustaches you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them.

Everything was perfect – except for the misty Marshlands to the north which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own.

Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected?

In true J.K. Rowling style, The Ickabog offers something for readers of all ages. 

Little readers have the chance to expand their imagination as they go on a journey to discover more about the Ickabog while teen readers can immerse themselves in a fantastical landscape. With a magical backdrop, some darker elements, an array of interesting characters and a mystery surround the Ickabog, this is sure to become an instant family favourite.

In Ella’s own words (with a little help from mum)

The Ickabog is J.K Rowling’s newest children’s story and I was so excited to start reading this because I’ve just started reading the first Harry Potter book with my Dad. This latest book is about the Ickabog and it’s so much fun.

Everyone in The City Within The City thinks the Ickabog isn’t real, but the Ickabog is real and I think he’s a swamp monster. The people in The City Within The City think he’s a scary monster but I think he’s kind.

I really like how creative the names of the characters are. My favourite name was Mrs. Beamish and I liked a lot of the other characters too. I thought the character Spittle Worth was a bit mean and when I got to the third chapter I thought it might be a bit scary because it’s called The Death of a Seamstress, but it actually isn’t scary at all.

I liked the colourful illustrations in the book and thought it was cool that these were all done by children like me from all around the world. The pictures add to the story and I liked that you can see their names, ages and where they are from.

The Ickabog

Sophie, 11, New Zealand

The Ickabog

Eliana, 11, New Zealand

I loved reading this book and think it would be great for other kids who are seven to fifteen years old. Since J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, I would recommend that anyone who loved that should also buy this book.

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