After 20 years since the first edition of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling comes back in library with a new book titled The Christmas Pig. Ruth Alltimes, Senior Group Publisher at Hachette Children’s Books, describes it as “a sparkling gem of a story that is destined to find its way into the hearts of children and families across the world this Christmas, and forever after.” Here is the offiacial announcement.
THE PLOT OF THE CHRISTMAS PIG
Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life – even toys… And Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known.
As we can see from the plot, it is a Christmas story based on the themes of friendship, magic, growth, family and lost. Themes well know by the english author who has already dealt with them with her young wizard with round glasses. The book will be released on Tuesday 12th October 2021 as a global publication. Indeed, it will be published in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and India by Hachette Children’s Group, in the US and Canada by Scholastic, in over twenty other languages by other publishers and as an audiobook in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian by Audible.
Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade books, defines it as‘a gift for children and families alike, this story about the enduring power of love can be read together as a holiday tradition, and as a classic tale to be savoured, any day of the year.’
The book will be avaiable in hardcover edition with illustrations by the awarded artist Jim Field. The cover will be revealed in the next months.
This will be the first book published by J.K Rowling after the successfull saga of Harry Potter that has made her famous. Last year, the english writer has kept company to his young fans with a story The Ickabog, serialised online for free fo children in lockdown due to the pandemy and then published in a volume.
This new novel The Christmas Pig will be a new success for J.K. Rowling who will find her young readers again.