Book Review: The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

My book review of The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling.

Title: The Ickabog

By: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 304

Release Date: November 10th, 2020

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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I have a confession to make... I've never really been a huge fan of J.K. Rowling.

Now, before you all come at me, let me explain. The story of Harry Potter is wonderfully thought up, but its the execution of it. It was all very longwinded. Now with that being said, this book was far more refined and thought provoking.

The story of the Ickabog is a fun adventure with keynotes of morality. It was a nice 180 from what I'm used to with this author.

Favorite Quote:

“Tears can heal a mind, as well as laughter.”

This book received 4 out of 5 stars for me. I'm not going to lie, I really enjoyed this read. It was fun and exciting. I think my kids would love this book.

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