The Ickabog

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Harry Potter author's fairy tale is darker than expected.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 9+

Interesting Story

I read this book because I am a teacher and I like to read pieces of novels aloud to get students interested in reading the whole thing. First off, this story is very sad. It has orphans and death. People go hungry and it talks a lot about lying. The whole country goes through many trials before they fix the problems. It was uniquely written and very hard to put down. I had read that there are people who are looking at this book as a symbol for the government crisis that happened in 2020-21. I guess I can see that, but more than anything, this was a book with a quest and a set of characters that had a very big problem to solve. It, to me, was just a fairy tale. I agree that little kids might not like it as it is very dark at times, but it was enjoyable as a middle school tale. I do not think I would ever teach this at school, but I would recommend it to be read by students who enjoy action and why a place would have a need to have that action happen. (There is a large story before the action happens.) Overall, I would give it am 8 out of 10. It does give a lesson on why lying can harm others and how lying eventually unravels and you get into trouble.

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Too much violence
age 7+

Cliff hangers in every chapter!

Bought this to read aloud to my 7 & 9 year old sons for Christmas. The chapters are very short and easy to read. The boys are in love and we frequently find ourselves reading 5-7 chapters when we really meant to read 2-3. A fairy tale that I feel like children and adults can enjoy like old fashioned fairy tales- with a moral, hard times handled with bravery and smarts, villains that are all too real. Thoroughly enjoyable!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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