Joey and the River Pirates

Joey and the River Pirates

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1954 by Nelson
Illustrated by T R Freeman
Freeman's lovely dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
A fishing trip down the Thames puts Joey and his friends on the track of a mystery. What is the mysterious canister which Ben finds in the mud, and why is Charlie Perks so anxious to get it back ? These questions lead Joey into a tight spot. Captured and helpless, he is carried down river in a powerful launch by the soft-spoken but ruthless Pachito, to be drowned at sea . . .
First edition:
Nelson 1954:
'Shop edition':
Hardback, with dustwrapper; red boards with black blocking and logo of the Panther Library on the front board and in red on the front flap of the dustwrapper; b/w frontispiece and 9 illustrations; cover price 2/6.

Schools edition:
Nelson 1954:
Probably at the same time as the hardback, if not before, this book appeared in a 'schools' edition, soft-bound in a canvas-like fabric with a section of questions for the reader following the story.
The cover is in turquoise and white with a large Panther logo; 133 pages, 119 of story followed by the question section; frontispiece and 9 full page black and white illustrations by T R Freeman; back cover lists 3 in the Panther Library, the two Pete books and Joey of Jasmine Street; the number 15 is printed on the front cover, nor a cover price.

Later the series was known as the Joey Series and a new logo for front board and dustwrapper flap was introduced. This was applied to the boards of later reprints, but not to the front flap of the dustwrapper of the first three of the series where the original Panther Library logo was retained.
Reprints were not recorded in the book itself yet later ones can be spotted if the front board has the Joey logo rather than the Panther.

Other Editions:
The story was filmed by The Children's Film Foundation, and distributed to cinemas as the eight part serial:

Raiders of the River

Three Covent Garden children trail bank robbers who use a river launch as their headquarters and finally bring about their capture.

Produced by Merton Park Studios Ltd.
Story by Robert Martin.
Director John Haggarty.
Producer Frank A. Hoare.
147 mins
With: Jenny Jones, Robert Petters, Richard O'Sullivan.
Episode 1. Mystery in Covent Garden
Episode 2. The Secret of the Cellar
Episode 3. The Raiders' Hideout
Episode 4. The Thing in the Basement
Episode 5. Caught by the Gang
Episode 6. Trapped in the Tunnel
Episode 7. Hot on the Trail
Episode 8. The Gang at Bay

Above personnel and episode details from the Children's Film Foundation Catalogue.


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