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J.K. Rowling: My next book will be for kids

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Rowling in London, Sept. 27, 2012 (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Author J.K. Rowling, whose recent foray into adult book publishing was widely panned, says her next book will be for children.

"I think probably the next thing I write, or the next thing I publish, will be for children," Rowling told attendees at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England on Sunday.

The "Harry Potter" writer said she has a number of ideas on her laptop for her next book, which she said would be aimed at younger children than the seven-book series about a young wizard and his evil-conquering cohorts at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

"I have a lot of things on my laptop currently, including a couple of things for children—for a slightly younger age group than 'Harry Potter' was aimed at—which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish," Rowling said. "I have run them by my children and they seem to like them, which is always a good sign."

Rowling's latest book, "The Casual Vacancy," underwhelmed critics when it was released last month.

"Unfortunately," The New York Times said, "the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that 'The Casual Vacancy' is not only disappointing—it's dull."

The Guardian called it a "determinedly unadventurous English novel."

"The magic simply isn't there," the Daily News said. "Indeed, the spell has been broken."

In a recent interview with the BBC, Rowling would not rule out another book set in Voldemort-ville. But as far as "Harry's story is concerned," Rowling said, "I'm done."

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