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Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands... the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it's just a myth... And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children — best friends Bert and Daisy — embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more. Features full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog competition.


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Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands... the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it's just a myth... And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children — best friends Bert and Daisy — embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more. Features full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog competition.

30 review for The Ickabog

  1. 4 out of 5

    HERALD

    I am absolutely disgusted by these comments. I am LGBTQ myself and I find nothing offensive. Do you people READ? J.K.ROWLING is not Transphobic. How Can anyone even be offended by...Sorry...PERIODS. What an insanely stupid topic. GROW THE F..K UP. She didn't say anything Anti Trans or Anti LGBTQ. What the HELL happened to the FREE-SPEECH? You took all her words out of context to create your TOXIC Narrative for your TOXIC Activism. Our community is literally finished. We do not tarnish an Author's Ima I am absolutely disgusted by these comments. I am LGBTQ myself and I find nothing offensive. Do you people READ? J.K.ROWLING is not Transphobic. How Can anyone even be offended by...Sorry...PERIODS. What an insanely stupid topic. GROW THE F..K UP. She didn't say anything Anti Trans or Anti LGBTQ. What the HELL happened to the FREE-SPEECH? You took all her words out of context to create your TOXIC Narrative for your TOXIC Activism. Our community is literally finished. We do not tarnish an Author's Image just because your Axx is hypersensitive....YES...IT ISN'T HATE TO SPEAK THE TURTH. There was not a single Transphobic word in the book. The plot about the murderer wearing women clothes is not original. Other Writers have written about it before. Countless of other books have reflected this element too. In fact it is all based on real life events. In the book It was just a man using a hat and a coat to disguise himself...Nothing else. So basically if Shakespeare writes about women in Hamlet "in a certain manner" that provokes the WOKE Culture... He is Misogynistic. And now we will CANCEL him as well. Are you insane? What a stupid way of thinking. I also disagree with Daniel Radcliffe. I lost all respect for him, Emma Watson and the rest of the actors. YOU DO NOT BITE THE HAND WHO FEEDS YOU. J.K.ROWLING literally MADE THE ENTIRE POTTER CAST. What an absolute disgrace and unbearably offensive thing to do. What I noticed was how perfectly controlled Daniel was by his "Talent Agency". They literally used him to speak against J.K.ROWLING. You know, just like Hollywood always does. He is a known supporter of "THE TREVOR PROJECT"... Knowing very well how easily they control their puppets, I can almost SEE "Them" Actually Writing the Letter ...FOR...Him. It is absolutely shocking how much Power The Mainstream Media and The Social Media has on you. They care only about their Agenda...They appear like they are advocating for US and for Free Speech but all they care about is "Illuminati Rights" HmmHmmHmm (choking) I'm Sorry...Human Rights. If "THEY" really cared about LGBTQ rights ...They wouldn't push us having fights on Twitter... There is no TRIAL in TWITTER...Human rights cannot be fought on TWITTER. IT IS INSANE. Nothing good comes of of it. If they really cared about BLM...They wouldn't cause RIOTS and incite more HATRED. Instead They'd be HEALING Racial wounds that spawn for centuries. Riots ad even more fuel to the fire. It is damage control on a mass scale to bring nothing but destruction and further economic recession. Now back to you readers... It is you who decide whether to fall for the Irrational Toxic Activism and these little misconceptions or truly enjoy READING. UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE MOVEMENT TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. NOT NOW, NOT EVER. IF THE TOXIC ACTIVISM THINKS IT CAN CENSOR BOOKS AND TWIST NARRATIVE PREPARE FOR A REAL "CAREER OF EVIL" SHE IS NOT ALONE. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... J.K.ROWLING will always be HIGH...IF NOT HIGHER in the WRITER'S PANTHEON among names like J.R.R.TOLKIEN, JILL MURPHY, ROBERT JORDAN, STEPHENIE MEYER ETC. J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke. "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." Since when our generation has become so hypersensitive and Butthurt that is offended by everything? In all this Pandemic and economic recession, the last thing we need to hear is you and your insufferable hypersensitive prattling. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to what YOU can ARGUE for. A bit harsh? Just to anger THE TOXIC people even more I'll give the book 5 out of 5 stars. PS: Because you may be dumb...But you are perfectly good at it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    VOLDEMORT

    "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE ARMY TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... PREPARE FOR A REAL ..."CAREER OF EVIL" "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE ARMY TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... PREPARE FOR A REAL ..."CAREER OF EVIL"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Borie

    Yeah, on reflection I’m not going to be able to keep reading this. The author keeps doubling down on transphobic rhetoric that’s harmful and I can’t in good conscience enjoy a lighthearted children’s story in that context.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leon Lee

    As a member of the LGBTQ community myself I don't see anything wrong with JK Rowling's comments and I agree with her! She didn't say anything harmful at all. People are just SO freaking sensitive these days. This ''cancel-culture'' thing is so tiring. As she said herself, there's opinions & there's FACTS, it isn't hate to speak the truth. Also, you can simply disagree with her and move on. You feel offended? Fine. You boycott her work because you're so ''woke'', fine. We don't care! No one does! As a member of the LGBTQ community myself I don't see anything wrong with JK Rowling's comments and I agree with her! She didn't say anything harmful at all. People are just SO freaking sensitive these days. This ''cancel-culture'' thing is so tiring. As she said herself, there's opinions & there's FACTS, it isn't hate to speak the truth. Also, you can simply disagree with her and move on. You feel offended? Fine. You boycott her work because you're so ''woke'', fine. We don't care! No one does! She spoke out publicly but I bet there's many writers you love that have opinions or done things in their lives you would disagree with. Are writers supposed to be these one dimensional people that aren't allowed to share their opinions but just write stories for us to love only? Absolutely not! I stand by J.K. Rowling, this hate campaign against her needs to stop!

  5. 4 out of 5

    HECATE

    J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke. J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 76% | Good Notes: Downright Grimm, it's a song of scams and scheming, too on-the-nose and twee for me but teeming deeper meaning. (B+) 76% | Good Notes: Downright Grimm, it's a song of scams and scheming, too on-the-nose and twee for me but teeming deeper meaning.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tatevik

    I don't even know what would be my response for readers who rate the book without reading it and just saying that they started to hate Rowling for her behaviour. I didn't read the latest news about her, as I didn't want anything to have even a little influence on my feelings towards the writer who created my escape world. I love her as an author not because of HP, but for being the contemporary author I read, no matter it's crime fiction or children's literature. This book was a little surprise a I don't even know what would be my response for readers who rate the book without reading it and just saying that they started to hate Rowling for her behaviour. I didn't read the latest news about her, as I didn't want anything to have even a little influence on my feelings towards the writer who created my escape world. I love her as an author not because of HP, but for being the contemporary author I read, no matter it's crime fiction or children's literature. This book was a little surprise and kind of appetizer before Strike #5 is out. It's a good story. I don't think I would be that captured if I were 10-11, it seemed a little long for that age. No matter what, I enjoyed it immensely.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rheanna

    After everything JK Rowling has said I couldn't bring myself to finish this. And the story was boring anyway. After everything JK Rowling has said I couldn't bring myself to finish this. And the story was boring anyway.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Oh. My. Sweet Jesus. She's written another. Oh. My. Sweet Jesus. She's written another.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samia

    I’m currently on chapter 20, and while I usually refrain from rating a book till I’ve finished it, “The Ickabog” really is that good: despite being a fairytale aimed for younger children, it has not failed to capture my imagination. I loved the detailed and fascinating descriptions of the Kingdom of Cornucopia, as well as the flaws in the characters which are portrayed as though through the eyes of a child. I love how simplistic and no nonsense the plot is, yet it’s so twisted that it keeps you I’m currently on chapter 20, and while I usually refrain from rating a book till I’ve finished it, “The Ickabog” really is that good: despite being a fairytale aimed for younger children, it has not failed to capture my imagination. I loved the detailed and fascinating descriptions of the Kingdom of Cornucopia, as well as the flaws in the characters which are portrayed as though through the eyes of a child. I love how simplistic and no nonsense the plot is, yet it’s so twisted that it keeps you guessing what could happen next. The building of the story has been phenomenal so far. Enjoying it thoroughly!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    I solemly swear to never again give JKR a single cent of my hard earned money. . . Honestly, the amount of trolls this review is drawing is making my mornings so fun. I'm a lawyer. I argue for a living. Come at me bigots. I solemly swear to never again give JKR a single cent of my hard earned money. . . Honestly, the amount of trolls this review is drawing is making my mornings so fun. I'm a lawyer. I argue for a living. Come at me bigots.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Radina ☕ Ravenclaw

    Once again Rowling did it, never afraid to write about grown-up problems and serious themes for children. I've never expected any less from her. Can't wait to get my physical copy! Hatred brings only more hatred - a lesson everyone should've learnt as a child but unfortunately many grown-ups can benefit from this book's lessons. Once again Rowling did it, never afraid to write about grown-up problems and serious themes for children. I've never expected any less from her. Can't wait to get my physical copy! Hatred brings only more hatred - a lesson everyone should've learnt as a child but unfortunately many grown-ups can benefit from this book's lessons.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    It is not a bad book but it is written by a transphobic author so I advise you not to read this book. Not support this person. And don't forget, trans women are women. It is not a bad book but it is written by a transphobic author so I advise you not to read this book. Not support this person. And don't forget, trans women are women.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Thompson

    This is supposed to be a reviewing site of the BOOKS!! Not a political platform for ppl who don't support women's rights. As always JK has done a magical job of drawing you into this fantasy world. Love, love, LOVED IT and will be buying it to read over n over again. This was the smile in my endless days of lockdown n for that I thank u. 💛 #istandwithjkrowling, like millions of others and if you don't like that keep scrolling, coz no damn is given. This is supposed to be a reviewing site of the BOOKS!! Not a political platform for ppl who don't support women's rights. As always JK has done a magical job of drawing you into this fantasy world. Love, love, LOVED IT and will be buying it to read over n over again. This was the smile in my endless days of lockdown n for that I thank u. 💛 #istandwithjkrowling, like millions of others and if you don't like that keep scrolling, coz no damn is given.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ava •

    I DID NOT ACTUALLY READ THIS!!!! Boycott JKR, no transphobia!!! We stand by our trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming siblings!!!!! And don't forget... TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN I DID NOT ACTUALLY READ THIS!!!! Boycott JKR, no transphobia!!! We stand by our trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming siblings!!!!! And don't forget... TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN

  16. 4 out of 5

    Siwa

    I all ready know that this is a new bestseller in making. The Ickabog captured me right from the first sentence, just as all J. K. Rowling’s books have the tendency to do.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Did not finish. In light of the anti-trans remarks that JK Rowling has not only made but doubled down on, we have decided as a family to put this the book down and not continue to read it. To: JK Rowling - children listen to your words. All of them. We are not going to continue to read your words.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Disha Rs

    I don’t care if it’s a children’s book, I am going to read it!! 😍

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    ***Warning: Do Not Harm Yourself With Boring Books*** The writing tried too hard. The plot too desperate. The characters too flat. The storytelling too dramatic for nothing. And what's this "Ickabog"? Boo. And yes, that 2 star rating is for the one who designed the book cover. Seriously, is this meant to be a children's book? Like the reading age group is 7 to 11 years. Not even meant to be a middle grade one. Like seriously?! Are you fking kidding me? With all those pretentious characters and dial ***Warning: Do Not Harm Yourself With Boring Books*** The writing tried too hard. The plot too desperate. The characters too flat. The storytelling too dramatic for nothing. And what's this "Ickabog"? Boo. And yes, that 2 star rating is for the one who designed the book cover. Seriously, is this meant to be a children's book? Like the reading age group is 7 to 11 years. Not even meant to be a middle grade one. Like seriously?! Are you fking kidding me? With all those pretentious characters and dialogues? With all those sexist remarks, incidents, thoughts and damn hopeless comparisons?! The book started out not so great. It made me actually look up the reading age group it's meant for. I know why it's been so. Damn too many boring 64 chapters just to tell "selfish, vain, and cowardly... though not meant to hurt anyone" character despairing over the lost throne (actually not regretful or guilty), and that what/who we fear actually can turn out kind. That's it! *One of the most boring books I have ever read *Yes, also goes well for the worst 2020 release I know it's a historical fiction and that women were treated that way. But for 7 to 11 year olds and in 2020, do we still have to read such books to kids this age group? Heard of exchanging daughters for bakery items? Yes, without thinking twice. That's just a nanopart of the story. Telling kids that farm animals are stupid and such. Too many unlikeable characters (lairs, cheats and yes, those that movie dialogues use to represent unlikeable characters!). I mean what's even the point of this story. And what's with all these comparisons, comparisons and more comparisons for adults and kid characters?? Does the title have any relevance? Ummm, it does have. But by the time I reached page 10, I lost all interest who or what "Ickabog" would be. I mean when is the story starting about Ickabog was all I was thinking about getting irritated like forever. This plot started like there's a kingdom ruled by a weakass king handled by his so called freeloading friends (who didn't let him get married and we know why. But seriously?!) And then the plot jumps to introduce the name 'Ickabog' which by the way lay flat and didn't do anything. Then, a seamstress dies. And you begin to not like the book more because of the various characters involved, including the king, his advisors, the dead woman's family and all. And what's with the character names? Doesn't sound funny, doesn't sound interesting. Last minute make up a word kinda thing eh? Spittleworth? Flapoon? But most of all, why is the story so damn long for nothing?! I was so damn bored after reading 7 chapters. It was like nothing much was happening but a play of words in a boring assembly hall. There's nothing going on. Ugh. Why is it so boring??? Have I emphasized enough how boring this book is? And what the hell are those 64 chapters doing? 🚨 Skip this one without thinking even once 😁 . . . . *My reaction just after reading this book: Never have I ever read something this boring when it's a children's book! Will I be able to handle my own rant review? 🤦 The first page itself got me eyerolling. My poor eyes. *Review coming up. Need to calm down first. The rating might go down. (I gave it 3 🌟 thinking about the first few pages giving me strong negative vibes but no, we don't need it, right? The 2 🌟 solely for the cover. If this book was an actual book I would burn it but keep the cover to feature in my worst reads series.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Somya Dixit

    I have read all the 56 updates which have been uploaded by Rowling till now and I am absolutely loving the story so far. The book has a mesmerizing effect, it contains every single thing which a good book requires. I can't really call it a children's book considering the number of deaths that take place and the malice involved. However, it is a perfect representation of a state with a corrupt government and showcases abuse of power. It portrays how when the government is corrupt and the supervis I have read all the 56 updates which have been uploaded by Rowling till now and I am absolutely loving the story so far. The book has a mesmerizing effect, it contains every single thing which a good book requires. I can't really call it a children's book considering the number of deaths that take place and the malice involved. However, it is a perfect representation of a state with a corrupt government and showcases abuse of power. It portrays how when the government is corrupt and the supervision and commitment to serve is weak, it can affect the society at large. It clearly puts forth the message that the monster is not a different being, but it resides within such humans who resort to wickedness. The book is full of Rowling's signature sense of humor. It definitely is a fun read and gets more and more interesting as it proceeds.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    I'd bet you can find a children's story written by someone who isn't a transphobe; read that instead! I'd bet you can find a children's story written by someone who isn't a transphobe; read that instead!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Welcome to Cornucopia.. Being quarantined sucks, but with the Queen for Magic telling a serialized story for 7 weeks is sure something to make you hold on.. First Chapter makes you travel without the precautions of "no travelling in the Corona Times", to Cronucopia, with a beautifully describing for this fictional country and its cities.. Second Chapter is where we learn about the Legend of the Ickabog... Welcome to Cornucopia.. Being quarantined sucks, but with the Queen for Magic telling a serialized story for 7 weeks is sure something to make you hold on.. First Chapter makes you travel without the precautions of "no travelling in the Corona Times", to Cronucopia, with a beautifully describing for this fictional country and its cities.. Second Chapter is where we learn about the Legend of the Ickabog...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi When I found out that J.K. Rowling is writing a story for children during lockdown, I didn’t really care. But they were releasing a new chapter each week, and I decided to give it a try and read the first few chapters. Maybe it was the beginning of The Ickabog, or perhaps it was J.K. Rowling’s writing that reminded me of my first time reading Harry Potter. Whatever it was, it hooked me to this story, and I kept coming back for more. Synop Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi When I found out that J.K. Rowling is writing a story for children during lockdown, I didn’t really care. But they were releasing a new chapter each week, and I decided to give it a try and read the first few chapters. Maybe it was the beginning of The Ickabog, or perhaps it was J.K. Rowling’s writing that reminded me of my first time reading Harry Potter. Whatever it was, it hooked me to this story, and I kept coming back for more. Synopsis: Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands… the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it’s just a myth… And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children — best friends Bert and Daisy — embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more. My Thoughts: I really enjoyed The Ickabog. It is very descriptive and full of adventure, from the very first start. From the first chapters, I immediately warmed up to Bert and Daisy, and their everyday lives. I also loved the scenes inside the castle, with the kind and guards. The world building was amazing, the Kingdom and the Marshlands were so vividly explained, it’s no wonder so many children were inspired to draw them and share those drawings. The intriguing plot twists and backstabbing scenes left me pleasantly surprised as well. What I loved the most, though, was the story about the legend of The Ickabog. This mysterious monster that everyone in the Kingdom fears. The terror that people feel as soon as its name is mentioned. This story is obviously targeted for the young readers. And for what it is, this book does deliver. There are plenty of adventures, battles between good and evil, scenes that will prompt a discussion with the children and an ending that has a lesson to teach. I recommend it to every child that loves reading about adventures and foreign kingdoms.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz Curtz

    Found this a very poor choice as a read aloud for an 8 year old especially during the unsettling coronavirus shut down. Cleverly structured to make it hard to put down but lavish violence, cruelty and cavalier dispatching of good characters makes for a disturbing, anxious reading experience. Not at all what I had hoped for, and only wish I could interest my audience in abandoning the book. We did love My Father’s Dragon if you’re looking for an age appropriate fantasy with plenty of adventure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aishwarya

    I don't know how JKR comes up with such interesting ideas. From publishing few chapters everyday to making another fairytale for kids, which even grown ups like me can enjoy, I enjoyed the ride throughout. The cutest thing that I found in this book was "Bornding", which I don't wanna spoil for anyone so without giving the meaning away (do read the book though to find out what I am talking about!) I just want to say that the concept is so heart touching and interesting! Nobody is born a monster, th I don't know how JKR comes up with such interesting ideas. From publishing few chapters everyday to making another fairytale for kids, which even grown ups like me can enjoy, I enjoyed the ride throughout. The cutest thing that I found in this book was "Bornding", which I don't wanna spoil for anyone so without giving the meaning away (do read the book though to find out what I am talking about!) I just want to say that the concept is so heart touching and interesting! Nobody is born a monster, they become monsters from the kind of things they see and experience.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    They lived in the happiest kingdom in the world. What harm could the Ickabog do? I LOVED IT! (Although I am not really sure that the target group is 7-9 years old. Death as a main subject is so cruel. I prefer children to be innocent and ignorant for as long as possible. On the other hand when children have to face a pandemic and their life is about to change for ever, it is good to be prepared. Still I wouldn't give it to my 9 year old daughter until I believe she can stomach the story...) They lived in the happiest kingdom in the world. What harm could the Ickabog do? I LOVED IT! (Although I am not really sure that the target group is 7-9 years old. Death as a main subject is so cruel. I prefer children to be innocent and ignorant for as long as possible. On the other hand when children have to face a pandemic and their life is about to change for ever, it is good to be prepared. Still I wouldn't give it to my 9 year old daughter until I believe she can stomach the story...)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    What a fantastical and delightful world Rowling created once again! Around halfway through, I was feeling that the plot was a bit morbid and vicious to be a children’s book, but the ending was wonderful. She tied up all the loose ends perfectly! It’s no wonder this is such a popular new work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    This is aimed at younger readers and is an enjoyable read. The legend of the Ickabog takes on a life of its own thanks to King Fred the Fearless Of Cornucopia but especially his snake ministers Lords Spittleworth and Flapoon. I love Daisy Dovetail and Bert Beamish who are very smart kids. It’s dark in places but I think kids rather like dark! The hardback copy is beautifully presented and is high quality and would make a good present. The accompanying picture are drawn by children from all over This is aimed at younger readers and is an enjoyable read. The legend of the Ickabog takes on a life of its own thanks to King Fred the Fearless Of Cornucopia but especially his snake ministers Lords Spittleworth and Flapoon. I love Daisy Dovetail and Bert Beamish who are very smart kids. It’s dark in places but I think kids rather like dark! The hardback copy is beautifully presented and is high quality and would make a good present. The accompanying picture are drawn by children from all over the world are absolutely fantastic and add an extra element.

  29. 5 out of 5

    eleanor*ೃ༄

    TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS and yet again J.K. Umbridge over here tries to make profit over a book about the wrongness of abusing power when she´s abusing her own powers. This book was free on the internet but taken down and physical copies were made to make profit. As a billionaire because of the HP series don´t you think asking for more profits is a little bit too much when writing this book? ----------------------------------------------------- Edit: J.k. Rowling being tran TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS and yet again J.K. Umbridge over here tries to make profit over a book about the wrongness of abusing power when she´s abusing her own powers. This book was free on the internet but taken down and physical copies were made to make profit. As a billionaire because of the HP series don´t you think asking for more profits is a little bit too much when writing this book? ----------------------------------------------------- Edit: J.k. Rowling being transphobic is not in any way contributing to the way shes written this book. I just dislike the message that this book portrays no misunderstandings here, right? I´ve also read this book secondhand so dont try to attack me for getting mad at her making profits from this book and say that I have had to buy it to read it the copy was not mines

  30. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    I have zero time for this close-minded woman or anything she writes. Plus, offering it free online and then taking it down so you can make money off a print version? Did the HP cash cow run dry? GTFO **Edit: 11/20** Glad to know the royalties are actually going "to help groups who've been particularly impacted by the pandemic". Whoever they may be. Still don't support her, though. I have zero time for this close-minded woman or anything she writes. Plus, offering it free online and then taking it down so you can make money off a print version? Did the HP cash cow run dry? GTFO **Edit: 11/20** Glad to know the royalties are actually going "to help groups who've been particularly impacted by the pandemic". Whoever they may be. Still don't support her, though.

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