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​Author J.K. Rowling Praises Lizzy’s Ickabog Illustration

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Best-selling children’s author J.K. Rowling has delighted fans across the world after sharing weekly instalments of her new story, The Ickabog.

Much to the delight of our pupils, the renowned writer has launched an illustration competition to accompany the story, encouraging young artists to submit their drawings for a chance to feature in the printed novel, which is due to be released later this year.

In a recent interview, the author said: “Having decided to publish, I thought how wonderful it would be if the children in lockdown, or otherwise needing distracting during the strange and difficult time we’re passing through, illustrated the story for me.”

The serialised tale is set in the mythical land of Cornucopia, which is ruled by King Fred the Fearless and home to the legendary Ickabog. Since the competition was launched, our Year 4 and 5 pupils have been trying their hand at creating their own Ickabog illustrations, taking part in virtual workshops with our School Librarian, Mrs Marcuccilli, as well as following along with the story online. One lucky individual even received praise from the author herself after sending in a photo of her sketch.

Lizzy R, a current Year 5 pupil with a passion for all things creative, drew the “awfully handsome” Fred the Fearless, making sure to capture his “lovely yellow curls" and "fine sweeping moustache.” So impressed was J.K. Rowling that she retweeted it and remarked: “A magnificent King Fred the Fearless, looking very pleased with himself (as he should!).”

Her positive response has delighted Lizzy, giving her a real confidence boost, and has also encouraged some of our other pupils to submit their illustrations. Mrs Marcuccilli commented: “There is no doubt our army of Harry Potter fans will be eager to be in with a chance of seeing their artwork in print alongside the words of J.K. Rowling herself!”

If your child would like to take part in the ‘Ickabog Illustration Competition’, please visit the official website by clicking here.

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