In the kingdom of Cornucopia, it falls to two children to save the country from the terrifying beast known as the Ickabog.
The Ickabog is coming... A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children's bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world's best storytellers.
The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustaches you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them.
Everything was perfect - except for the misty Marshlands to the north which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own.
Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn't ask for and never expected?
If you're feeling brave, step into the pages of this book to find out...
NOTE : First published online during the UK COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The illustrations are by children from around the world, submitted as part of a competition
NOTE : A number of people die or are deliberately killed in quite harsh circumstances, and many suffer due to the scheming of the king's advisors. You may wish to use cautiously with younger children
A number of people die or are deliberately killed in quite harsh circumstances, and many suffer due to the scheming of the king's advisors. You may wish to use cautiously with younger children