The Ickabog

Best-Selling Author J. K. Rowling (famous for her Harry Potter series) has recently launched a new interactive storytelling adventure- The Ickabog. This fairytale marks the first foray into children’s literature since the Potter books concluded, although she has written a number of adult works of fiction. What’s most unique about this newest addition to her stories is the way it’s being told- she is posting chapters online daily and it is entirely free to read! In addition, she is sponsoring a children’s illustration contest and encouraging families to create drawings together as they read the chapters. A print copy of the book will be released in November and the illustrations will be taken from those submitted to the contest! Rowling is also frequently posting drawings on her website and social media and interacting with fans.

From the Cover of The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling:

“Written to be read aloud, The Ickabog is a fairy tale, set in an imaginary land, and is a complete stand-alone story unrelated to the author’s other work. It will appeal to children between the ages of 7 and 9 but can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

Because the story is free, released chapter-by-chapter and includes an illustration contest it seems like a great recipe for family bonding! Families can read the story together daily or weekly, talk about what’s going on, and even draw pictures and create art together!
(The story itself and details regarding the contest can be found HERE)

We will be updating this post weekly as new chapters are released giving you our initial thoughts about the story’s usefulness for foster/adoptive families and possible ideas of themes to discuss and potential trauma triggers. For those who subscribe to our Media Review Service, we will be releasing an in-depth review in July when the story concludes, including detailed sections on trauma triggers, discussion themes and even a Discussion Guide with questions to go along with each chapter! If you’re interested in becoming a member of our review service head on over to the subscriptions page to view the different plan options we have available!

Thoughts on The Ickabog: Week One (Chapters 1-10)

Thoughts on The Ickabog: Week Two (Chapters 11-19)

Thoughts on The Ickabog: Week Three (Chapters 20-29)

Thoughts on The Ickabog: Week Four (Chapters 30-40)

Thoughts on The Ickabog: Week Five (Chapters 41-50)

Thoughts on The Ickagbog: Week Six (Chapters 51-58)

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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

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