“A gripping fairy tale, complete with delightful illustrations from young fans….ultimately it is a tale of good triumphing over evil, and a tribute to the power of hope and friendship. Surely set to become a classic.”

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I’m about halfway through JKR’s latest book, “The Ickabog”, and here’s my crystallized opinion of the story …
* Best thing about it: It reminds me a lot of the works of Roald Dahl
* Worst thing about it: It reminds me a lot of the works of Roald Dahl

Dahl was, without a doubt, a genius in the field of children’s literature. His descriptions, characters and humor never failed to appeal to the intelligence of the reader, and to challenge their imagination to new levels.
But … his stories were damn dark at times. Really dark and disturbing in ways that linger in the mind long after reaching the final page.

Sooo … if you’re one of the legions of fans of Dahl’s incredible writings … you’ll likely love “The Ickabog”.
But if you might be of the disposition to have nightmares upon reading such things, then perhaps it might be preferable to follow the advice of Lemony Snicket and instead read a book such as “The Littlest Elf”, which tells the story of a teensy-weensy little man who scurries around Fairyland having all sorts of adorable adventures. I hear it’s a far safer choice.

 

Reviewed by:

Eris Brianna Boyd

Added 17th November 2020