The British edition of Missing Message is unique in the sense that it is the only Brains Benton story to be made available in British-English (as opposed to the American-English found in the original US editions).
Published in 1966, and reprinted the following year, this was sadly the only title from the series to be published in Great Britain. The story is heavily abridged and many of the Americanisms removed in the Anglicisation process were replaced with relatively mundane equivalents.
The typical 'Mini-Golden' colour scheme (Blue for younger children; Red for junior readers) was, for some reason, reversed in Britain. Consequently, this version of Missing Message looks significantly different from its European counterparts.
The origins of the Golden Pleasure imprint come from noted British publishing magnate Paul Hamlyn as the following quote demonstrates:
"His [Hamlyn's] next coup was a joint (50/50) company called Golden Pleasure Books with Western Printing. This gave Paul exclusive rights to edit Golden Books into British spelling and print and distribute them in the English-speaking markets other than the US. This company broke all current and previous sales records for children’s books – all of them in full colour."
- Extract from Paul Hamlyn "There must be another way..." by Philip Jarvis and Sue Thomson.
• Textl Alterations
Many other passages are absent from the British edition, including the paragraph in the first chapter of Missing Message that reveals that Brains is the best baseball pitcher in school.
• The Second Impression
In addition, the second impression had the text, "For junior readers" added to the reverse cover below the yellow star.