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Chapter Thirty-three: King Fred is Worried

When King Fred hears about the attack on the butcher, he is very worried. He thought the country was protected, but he was wrong. What will he do? Click the icon to find out.


The Ickabog Tax


" that it’s tasted a butcher full of Baronstown sausage, we must prepare for it trying to break through the soldiers’ lines regularly – which is why I think we should double the number of men stationed there, sire. Sadly, that will mean doubling the Ickabog tax.'"


And so it is agreed that the Ickabog Tax will be doubled.


So here is the challenge...


If the Ickabog Tax is doubled every single time there is an attack, and there is an attack every month for a year, how much tax will the people of Cornucopia be paying by the end of the year?


Remember after attack one they each paid 2 gold ducats. 


1 attack = 2 ducats


After the attack on the butcher this would be doubled. 


2 attacks = 4 ducats


After a third attack the amount would be doubled again. Work out how much people would be paying after 12 attacks! 


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 twenty-eight and twenty-nine.


King Fred worried in his pale blue suit

Mr Dovetail with his long hair and white beard


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.