From J.K. Rowling, a warm, fast-paced, funny fairy tale of a fearsome monster, thrilling adventure, and hope against all odds.

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.

Featuring full color illustrations by children from across the United States and Canada, this original fairy tale from one of the world's most celebrated storytellers will captivate readers of all ages.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on November 10, 2020 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 1338732870
ISBN-13: 9781338732870
57 Book Reviews
  • eagle_fan11
    eagle_fan1112 days55 starsFeatured
    Journey into the land of Cornucopia! Where king Fred the fearless reigns, the tastiest cheeses, wines, meats and pastries are made as well as where the Ickabog lives. Well MIGHT live. Everyone thinks the Ickabog is just a tale to frighten children. But what if it were true? So one day after being called vain and selfish by a child, King Fred decides to show how NOT selfish and NOT vain he is by helping a poor Marshlander rescue his dog from the Ickabog. But really this is just a faรงade to make himself feel better as everyone knows the Ickabog is fake.....well at least everyone thinks so until the king sees the Ickabog and Major Beamish is supposedly killed by it! But really Major Beamish was shot and Lord Spittleworth decides to reap the benefits of the unfortunate accident by proclaiming he was killed by the Ickabog and the country now needs to pay the Ickabog tax (most of which goes straight into his pocket). Things soon spiral out of control, and Cornucopia is in need of serious help! Read this book to find out if Lord Spittleworth gets away with all his lies and treachery or if he is brought to justice! I had different expectations for this book since I know J.K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. But, after realizing that this is supposed to be a whole different type of book I enjoyed it! I really loved how there are children's illustrations used throughout this book, I think it adds a really nice touch. I think this book would be a great book to be read-aloud before bed during thanksgiving time!
    • eagle_fan11
      eagle_fan112 months55 stars
      There are lots of good reviews, so I'll just put on a brief description. Cornucopia is ruled by king Fred. He is very handsome, and everybody loves him. The crops are always good in Cornucopia, and there is nothing lacking. Then, suddenly, a man from the marshlands, where everybody believes in the Ickabog and the crops aren't as good, comes to report that his dog was stolen by the Ickabog. King Fred and the two lords, Lord Spittleworth and Lord Flappoon accompany him. When they get there, a fog rolls in and the King claims to have seen the Ickabog, and a top officer, Major Beamish, has been killed by the Ickabog (or so Lords Spittleworth and Flappoon claim). The lords get the king to make a tax, the Ickabog tax, but the lords take all the money for themselves, and not for the defense against the Ickabog. The people don't have enough money for themselves anymore, and some have to give their children to orphanages so they have enough to eat. Four children from an orphanage realize that they are the only ones who know the true story, and they have to figure out how to save the kingdom from the evil lords. Just warning you, this book doesn't have a lot of action.
      • dream_beyond
        dream_beyond3 months55 stars
        Once upon a time, in the land of Cornucopia lived King Fred the fearless, everyone was happy and the food was delicious, there was nothing to be afraid of, well, except for one thing, the Ickabog. The Ickabog was said to be as tall as two horses and with eyes like glowing lamps! But that was just a tale. One day King Fred the Fearless announced that he would be going on a journey to the Marshlands to find the Ickabog! Of course because the Ickabog was just a tale, some people laughed at him and thought he was crazy! But before we go on an adventure to the Marshlands let me first introduce you to Lord Spittelworth and Lord Flapoon, who, as the King says, are his best friends, but really, he doesn't know them very well, because Lord Spittelworth and Lord Flapoon are really only pretending to be his friend. When King Fred the Fearless and his crew arrived at the Marshlands everything suddenly... changed. The lush green grass withered into brown dry grass, the sheep were so skinny, and everyone was unhappy. The King was overwhelmed and hurried along to find the Ickabog. When they reached the area where the Ickabog was spotted at everything turned wrong. The King's men got stuck in the marsh, and the King himself got stuck, but the worst part was when the King spotted the Ickabog and dropped his sword. So, he asked his best friends to go and retrieve it for him. But then one of them gets frightens and accidentally shoots Major Beamish! Oh no, what a pity, I will just have to make it seem like the Ickabog did it, and can you guess who would have most likely said it? Of course, Lord Spittelworth. And so he used this advantage to frighten the land of Cornucopia into thinking that the Ickabog was real! And soon people had to close their shops down, and the land of Cornucopia started to crumble, the people grew poor and couldn't support their families so they had to put their children in an orphanage. This is when Bert and Daisy come in, they try saving the Land of Cornucopia, but, I can tell you, it was not not easy. I enjoyed this book a lot and my takeaway was to not judge others by mere appearances, but by their hearts. Or in a way you could say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover!" I hope you do decide to read this wonderfully written book by J.K. Rowling, Happy Reading!
        • atroit_avimimus
          atroit_avimimus3 months55 stars
          Once again Rowling did it, never afraid to write about grown-up problems and serious themes for children. I've never expected any less from her. Hatred brings only more hatred - a lesson everyone should've learnt as a child but unfortunately many grown-ups can benefit from this book's lessons. I don't even know what would be my response for readers who rate the book without reading it and just saying that they started to hate Rowling for her behaviour. I didn't read the latest news about her, as I didn't want anything to have even a little influence on my feelings towards the writer who created my escape world. I love her as an author not because of HP, but for being the contemporary author I read, no matter it's crime fiction or children's literature. This book was a little surprise and kind of appetizer before Strike #5 is out. It's a good story. I don't think I would be that captured if I were 10-11, it seemed a little long for that age. No matter what, I enjoyed it immensely.
          • yourpuppylover1
            Wow you're review was so descriptive. Awesome ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘
          • bamagirl13
            bamagirl133 months
            I want to read this because it looks like a book I would REALLY LIKE and enjoy!(I LOVE reading so that's why:) I also read comments about it and people say that they really enjoy it so I would like to try to read it!!!
            • rykycalo-162693574537
              rykycalo-1626935745373 months44 stars
              Great book!
              • marypopcorn
                marypopcorn3 months55 stars
                I got this book for Christmas and I LOVE it ! Would totally recommend it! Y'all should check it out! Harry Potter fans will love this latest book by J.K. Rowling!
                • bubbleyou5
                  bubbleyou55 months
                  its a very good book.
                  • emeralddragon17
                    emeralddragon176 months55 stars
                    this book is so good cuz of the suspense, mystery, and eye-catching phrases. I give this book 5 stars!
                    • blui
                      blui7 months44 stars
                      this book is AMAZING! I just read it because of you know, Harry Potter but this is so different! See my reveiw on this book!