We are thrilled to announce that rights to Catherine Emmett’s gorgeous picture book, King of the Swamp have been acquired by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK.

The book features stunning illustrations from award-winning illustrator, Ben Mantle.

Senior Commissioning Editor, Holly Tonks, who acquired the novel, was thrilled at the acquisition: It’s not every day that you discover such a strong and confident debut talent like Catherine Emmett, and her text combined with Ben Mantle’s exceptional illustrations, means this book is a feast for the imagination!

The book follows McDarkly, whose special swamp is invaded by an arrogant King…

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?

Catherine Emmett grew up in Newcastle and was an avid reader from a young age. She spent 14 years working in an office before deciding to follow her passion and write picture books. Catherine now lives in rural Essex with her husband and three sons and is a full-time writer.