First Published 1951 by Hodder & Stoughton

Illustrated by Joan Kiddell Monroe

2nd imp.  Click to enlarge
The 2nd impression wrapper
The first book of the Nettleford series.

Sally and Paul Richardson live in the Wise Owl Bookshop in the little town of Nettleford.
With their friends Elizabeth and Jimmy they form 'The Owlers'.

A summer of exploring and camping follows in this delightful book.

2nd impression 1952
Green boards, black blocking; vignette of children on hay wagon on front board; 140mm x 200mm; two different map endpapers in green by A. Spark; b/w frontispiece and 11 full page illustrations.
Dustwrapper, full colour, wraps to include the spine, of children fishing under a willow tree; photo of author on rear; cp 8/6.
3rd impression 1956.

Other Editions:

Children's Book Club:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper; approximately 1cm smaller all round and slimmer than the original book; not dated; green boards with black figuring of hay cart on front board; 192pp; illus Joan Kiddell Monroe; no map eps; dustwrapper illustration not credited, but based on Kiddell Monroe's illustration from page 95.

This book is unusual in that at the base of the spine the cloth has 'The Book Club' blocked and on the dustwrapper in the same place is printed 'Children's Book Club'. The majority of CBC editions have no publisher credit on cloth or wrapper.

CBC dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
CBC edition dustwrapper

The Hampton Library edition.  Click to enlarge
The Hampton Library wrapper
by Lilian Buchanan
Hampton Library c.1962
no date; hardback with dustwrapper showing children camping, artist not credited but by Lilian Buchanan; red/yellow boards; 184pp; only seven of the original illustrations.

Armada 1970:
Paperback edition; Armada number C308; 160pp; no maps; four of the original illustrations; cover artist not credited; cover price 2/6.
The  Armada cover.
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The Armada cover

The Chivers Edition. Click to enlarge
the Portway edition
Chivers 1970: hardback with dustwrapper.
Published by Cedric Chivers Ltd at the request of the London & Home Counties Branch of the Library Association.
No map but has all the Joan Kiddell Monroe illustrations.
The cover design is not credited but is derived from the illustration on the first edition dustwrapper.

Molino 1964: (Spain)
A hardback edition as El Club de Los Lechuzos.
The translator is Maria Delores Raich and the cover is by Pablo Ramirez; the book has the original illustrations by Joan Kiddell Monroe.

[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGarry]

Spanish edition cover. Click to enlarge
The Molino edition cover
courtesy of Mike McGarry

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Text copyright John Allsup
created April 2001
Last updated 17th April 2006
minor adjustments June 2015