JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help keep children and families trapped at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The author of “Harry Potter” said on Tuesday that she had written the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over ten years ago. Set in an imaginary country, this is an independent “truth and abuse of power” story for children ages 7 to 9 and is unrelated to other Rowling books.
Rowling said the draft story stayed in her attic while she focused on writing adult books. She said her children, now teenagers, were “overwhelmingly enthusiastic” when she recently suggested retrieving the story and publishing it for free.
“For the past few weeks, I have been immersed in a fictional world I never thought I would ever enter. As I worked to finish the book, I started to read family chapters every night, “she said.
“‘ The first two readers of Ickabog told me what they remember when they were tiny, and demanded the reintegration of the songs they particularly liked (I obeyed). “
The first two chapters were published online Tuesday, with daily installments to follow until July 10.
The book will be published on paper later this year, and Rowling has said she will promise royalties on her sales to projects helping those particularly affected by the pandemic.