***Activity pack to go with the book is now available for download for you to print at home: DOWNLOAD HERE ***

The King with Dirty Feet

Words by Sally Pomme Clayton, Illustrations by Rhiannon Sanderson

kwdf website upload rgb.jpg

There once was a king who hated bath time so much that he never washed. He was a very smelly king! The king finally consents to bathe in the river but no matter how clean he is, his feet stay dirty. The people sweep away all the dirt in the land - but the air is choked with dust. The dust gets washed away but now the land is flooded with water. An enormous tapestry is sewn to cover the whole kingdom but now nothing will grow on the land... What is to be done? At last one old man steps forward with leather and a pair of scissors ... and to the king's amazement he creates - the first ever pair of shoes!

gabu low res.jpg

It's quite surreal to have the book in my hands after all the hard work I put into making Sally's vision come to life, the book itself is a stunning hardback picturebook with rich colour and texture that would make a gorgeous keepsake for children 4+

Revisit the book over and over again with fun games and activities like designing your own patchwork piece for the townsfolk's quilt, count how many times the King's cheeky monkey appears across the pages, and even design your own grand shoes for the King - one can't have too many shoes after all!

Activity pack to go with the book is now available for download so you can print at home: DOWNLOAD HERE 



- Links to purchase prints of the book illustrations


Published with Otter-Barry Books and available for purchase at all good bookshops and online at: 


Book Depository



Check back to this page for details of events and workshops, alternatively you can subscribe to my newsletter on the left to be notified.

Please email me at brs.illustration@gmail.com or use the contact form through the website for storytelling session, talks, and workshop enquiries.







I have a couple of copies of the book with some goodies up for grabs to celebrate the publication of The King With Dirty Feet and all you have to do is sign up to my newsletter on the left sidebar.

If you're already signed up to my newsletter then you're already in the draw!


I'm also holding a giveaway on Twitter so if you want to double your chances you can follow me @rhitown and retweet the giveaway tweet over on my Twitter page


Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!

ellie mural.jpg