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Chapter Forty-Nine: Escape from Ma Grunter's

Daisy and Bert are now trapped in the orphanage with Ma Grunter and Basher John but along with Martha and Roderick they have a plan. Click the icon to find out.


"It took five long minutes to unfasten all the padlocks and loosen all the chains."


You have five minutes to try and solve the code on this padlock top escape Ma Grunter's horrible orphanage!



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 Chapters Forty-Nine and Fifty.


Bert saving Daisy from Basher John

Bert and Daisy hugging

The cabbage cupboard

Bert, Daisy, Roderick and Martha walking away in the snow

The wagon of frozen food

The shadow on the snow


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.