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Chapter Fifty-Two: Mushrooms

Mushrooms is a strange title for a chapter. Is it because the Ickabog is collecting them for a child pie? Click the icon to find out!


"‘Look,’ said Daisy, who’d found drawings on the wall.

A hundred shaggy Ickabogs were being chased by stickmen with spears.

‘See this one!’ said Roderick, pointing at a drawing close to the mouth of the cave.

By the light of the Ickabog’s fire, the foursome examined a picture of a lone Ickabog, standing face-to-face with a stick figure wearing a plumed helmet and holding a sword.

‘That looks like the king,’ whispered Daisy, pointing at the figure. ‘You don’t think he really saw the Ickabog that night, do you?’"


In places like the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, there are over 100 sites that have cave drawings showing life from prehistoric man. Cave drawings are simple sketches made on stone. Here are some examples. 




They are usually the outline of figures, all one colour and without much detail. 


Using the description of the Ickabog cave paintings, can you recreate them on a stone or a pebble or a piece of wood. If you can't get hold of these, the inside of a cereal box will work just as well!



This is your chance to become an illustrator when The Ickabog is published. If you are in Key Stage Two, your parents can submit your pictures to the competition. Here's what you need to draw from Chapter Fifty-Two and Fifty-Three.


The Ickabog’s cave paintings

A basket full of mushrooms

The Ickabog eating mushrooms

Daisy and the Ickabog sitting at the mouth of the cave


Enter the competition by clicking the link below. Remember, you need an adult to send in your images and all images must be sent in by 17th July.