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Chapter Thirty-Nine: Bert and the Ickabog Defence Brigade

So far the people of the City-Within-The-City have no idea of the hunger in the rest of the country, but in this chapter a runaway mail coach is about to change all that. Click the icon to read the chapter.



Mail coaches were used to move letters across the country before the days of postal vans, trains or planes. It was a dangerous job as Highwaymen often stopped the coaches to rob them. 


The Postal Museum has some wonderful stories about the History of the Mail Coach. Click the link to read all about them. 


The Postal Museum


How many times have you entered the competition so far?


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 Thirty-Nine and Forty.


A highwayman

The mail coach

A mailsack and letters

Bert and Lord Flapoon

The tiny wooden Ickabog foot


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.