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King of the Swamp

Catherine Emmett Ben Mantle



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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
07 April 2021
From a brand-new picture book duo, this is a striking and unique story perfect for little people interested in climate awareness and looking after nature.

McDarkly lives quietly all on his own, growing orchids in his dank swamp, until one day his peace is disturbed by an arrogant king who wants to turn the swamp into a roller-skate park. McDarkly has ten days to prove that the swamp isn't damp and dark, but an enchanted world. Can he do it, or will he risk losing his home forever?
By:   Catherine Emmett
Illustrated by:   Ben Mantle
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 278mm,  Width: 240mm, 
ISBN:   9781471181696
ISBN 10:   1471181693
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   07 April 2021
Recommended Age:   From 3 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Mantle was born in Leamington Spa and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition. From there he went on to study animation at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2003. He then gained valuable experience working on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride before moving to Brighton to work as 'Head of Animation' in a media company, focusing on Character and Background design. He was also part of the Animation team creating the BAFTA winning 'Big and Small' CBeebies website. Since 2008, Ben has been working as a Children's Book Illustrator from his shared studio in Brighton and he also produces screen prints and digital artwork to exhibit. He illustrated 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit' which won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book prize 2013.

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