David Rook (b.1935) is a writer and illustrator. He’s probably best known for his book The White Colt, an exploration of a boy detached from society who finds a measure of happiness through a white colt he finds on Dartmoor. Rook’s books are about relationships; between human and animal or bird, or between animals. His The Ballad of the Belstone Fox has as its theme the bond between a fox cub and a hound brought up together. Both books were turned into films: The White Colt was filmed as Run Wild, Run Free, and The Ballad of the Belstone Fox as The Belstone Fox. David Rook was also a capable illustrator, and worked on horse and pony books, both fiction and non-fiction. His pony book illustration included Mona Sandler’s The Young Horse Dealers and Joyce Stranger’s Breed of Giants.
Finding the books
The first UK edition of The White Colt can be more pricey than the average pony book. The many paperback printings are easy to find. The Ballad of the Belstone Fox is not as numerous, but is still reasonably easy to find.
Links and sources
The excellent Pony Book Chronicles on The White Colt
David Rook on IMDB
Bibliography: pony books
The White Colt, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967, 157 pp.
Dutton, New York, 1967, 156 pp.
Corgi, London, 1969, 143 pp.
Remploy, London, 1980
Republished as Run Wild, Run Free, Scholastic, London, 1969
Scholastic, New York, 1974