KILLER DOG


First Published 1959 by Collins

First edition dustwrapper.  Click to enlarge
Collins 1959 First Edition
illustrated by Sheila Rose

Not one of the series books, but the novelisation of the story of the film The Dawn Killer made by Rank for the Children's Film Foundation.

Anna and Colin Hawkes, with the help of their old shepherd, Eli, try to defend their dog Glen against the worst accusations possible.

First edition:
Dark blue boards with silver blocking; 135x200mm; 192pp; title page vignette and 15 line illustrations by Sheila Rose.
Dustwrapper design by John Baker; rear advertises The Cownappers; cover price 10s 6d.


Other Editions:

Serialised in The Children's Newspaper 1959: as The Dawn Killer
The serial is in sixteen parts and ran from the end of March to the twelfth of September issue. [there are eight weeks too many in this spread, so presumably there was a two month break in production between June and September.]
The serial forms the whole of page 9, with one still photograph taken from the film. The episode is completed on page 10 of each issue.
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Mr. Hawkes and Eli set out to examine the dead ewe
from the Children's Newspaper 18 April 1959

The Children's Book Club 1961:
Hardback edition, yellow cloth with black non-serif lettering on the spine; 192 pages; all the original illustrations.
The dustwrapper has the same picture as the first edition with author's name set lower to fit the reduced size of the book. Its back lists other Children's Book Club books.

Rabén & Sjögren 1961:
in Stockholm; hardback edition with dustwrapper; as King blir misstänkt

German edition cover. Click to enlarge
German edition cover by
Waltraut and Ottmar Frick
Herold Verlag 1962: as Der Reißer
Hardback edition, translated into German by Brigitte von Mechow.
160pp; cover picture and nine b/w text illustrations by Waltraut and Ottmar Frick; overall size 130x190mm; my copy ex-library and has picture on front board under adhesive plastic - it may have been cut from a dustwrapper if one was issued; author and title on cream cloth of spine in black.
Colin becomes Ted in this translation.

Arena-Taschenbuch No. 1019 1965: as Der Reißer.
A slim paperback edition, 105x180mm, 154pp cover by Otmar Michel and illustrated throughout in b/w by Waltraut and Ottmar Frick.
The translation is the one used by Herold Verlag above.
Arena Taschenbuch edn. Click to enlarge (File size=25KB
The Arena Taschenbuch cover 1965

Library Reprint 1969:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper. Listed by ME but not seen; probably the Chivers reprint below.

The New Portway edition
The sinister New Portway wrapper
New Portway (Chivers) 1971:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper. The dustwrapper illustration wraps around onto the rear of the book and shows a seriously disturbed dog.
Not really illustrative of the book's contents at all.


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Last updated Jan 2007