The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing - he is afraid of the dark. Dark is nasty he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Fat...more
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Published October 6th 2008 by Egmont Childrens Books (first published 1968)
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Linda McCarry
This is my 7th Book Review: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
By: Jill Tomlinson

This is a lovely story about a baby barn owl named Plop who is strangely enough for an Owl, afraid of the dark. Plop is a comical name for the main character of a children's book, from my experience of reading this story in school to children they are absolutely drawn in from the beginning right till the very end. Children seem to absolutely love Plop and his adventures throughout the story. Plop is afraid of the dar...more
u1124876 UEL
I like Plop’s landing style. If he is not landing with an onomatopoeic bounce, it is with a thump or even a somersault! Plop is extremely cute and of all the strangest things he is afraid of the dark. This is the tale of Plop’s discovery that the dark is not ‘nasty’ as he first believes but in fact it has many wonders to it. I like the way Paul Howards illustrates young Plop and the way Jill Tomlinson uses lots of spoken words and introduces many characters.

I imagine reading this book with KS1...more
Shanaz Begum
I really enjoyed this book. We were reading this book as an ending to our science lesson (light and dark). I think young children can really relate to the story as they may not like the dark and are afraid. The book shows how dark can be fun and how it can be related to different events such as Christmas. The book as beautiful illustration, I was not the only one who noticed this, as I was reading the book to children they noticed it too. Not forgetting I love the way how the author describes th...more
PenNPaper52
A truly brilliantly written children's book. The Owl who was afraid of the dark starts with the intro to Plop who wants to be a day bird and his mother tries to convince him that the dark is better. She tells him to talk to the people who are around and find out their views. Dark is beautiful, necessary, kind are just some of the opinions he drums up from people. Although the book is written for children, as an adult I truly appreciated how the story was crafted. Don't miss reading this book to...more
Tasha
The little owl goes on a journey meeting different people and a friendly cat who tell the owl how the dark is ok it is exciting, kind, fun, fascinating etc to help him overcome his fears of the dark. The owl learns more about the dark and is not affraid anymore, when he returns home he tells his mum and dad Mr Barnowl his adventure. the family fly of into the night for hunting.

Nice story read this with my son who is 7 years and also does not like the dark very much, so we had lots of conversati...more
Iqra Jabbar
A good book for little one’s who are afraid of the dark, will have them cured in 7 days!
The story is about a young barn owl called Plop, who is terrified of the dark. The plot is divided into seven little chapters. Through each chapter Plop learns something new about the dark: dark is exciting, dark is kind, dark is fun, dark is necessary, dark is fascinating, dark is wonderful ... and dark is beautiful. Plop isn't convinced immediately, but by the seventh night he's looking at the dark throug...more
Eleanor Linden
I think the best way to describe this book is "charming". It's a lovely little book, suitable for a wide age range, and sure to invoke a touch of nostalgia in those who are now older but were read this book when they were younger.

The whole idea of this book is that Plop, a baby barn owl, is always hungry, and scared of the dark. Every night while his parents go hunting, Plop "flies" down from his home and meets someone in the field in which his tree is situated. They explain to him what the dark...more
Infinite Playlist
Jul 09, 2008 Infinite Playlist rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Muphyn, Miss Keks
It's a children's book but I've only just listened to it and I loved it. It's really funny. I bet you have never encountered a clumsier, more naive, annoying and yet lovable little owl (barn owl, that is). More reasons to give it a try? The owl's name is Plop (!) and he "wobbles" a lot (it's my favourite English word, amuses me every time I hear it).
Samantha Sterling
This lovely children's book is about a young barn owl named Plop. Plop is afraid of the dark and wants to be a day bird. He embarks on a little adventure to find out more about the dark from his friends. Plop eventually overcomes his fear of the dark and becomes the night bird he is meant to be!

This is an ideal book for guided reading and suitable for KS1 children. It addresses real life issues such as phobias and allows for class discussions on what children are afraid of and how we can overco...more
Yasmin
This is a fantastic book about a little barn owl and his weird dislike towards the dark. Even after being a nocturnal animal, his mummy tries to convince him that the dark is nothing to be afraid of.
This book goes on to describe the different people and animals this little barn owl meets and discovers the wonders of the dark.
This is a great read for a ks1 class and coincides with curricular subjects like light and dark, pshe and RE.
It was a fantastic input for my year 2 class, I would definitel...more
Gary
I found this to be a charming little book. It had moments of soft and witty humour, which kept me entertained throughout. The story is about a young owl, named Plop, a quietly comical name for the main character of a children’s book. Plop is a night bird who was afraid of the dark. Throughout the story Plop, with the encouragement of his parents, goes out to learn more about the dark from anyone below the tree he lives in. After all the fun he had during the night with the other characters he me...more
Khalida wahid
"Dark is exciting, Dark is kind, Dark is fun, Dark is necessary, Dark is fascinating, Dark is wonderful, Dark is beautiful, and Dark is of course SUPER!"

This is a lovely short book about the coming of age of a loveable young Barn owl. Plop think's he is afraid of the dark but with gentle and determined encouragement from his mum he ventures out each day (each time a little later) to find out more about the Dark. He soon learns that it's not as bad as he thought and he makes new friends along the...more
Jennifer
Age - any to read to years 2 and above to read alone if confident.

A wonderful story about a little Barn owl called Plop who is afraid of the dark. Plop meets many people and animals in the story that help him to see the wonder of the night-time and darkness. By the end of the story Plop is a happy night bird, hunting with Mummy owl and Daddy owl.

There were a few things, aside from the story itself, which I really loved about this book. One was that whole idea of an owl being afraid of the dark...more
karenmcn
"The Owl who was afraid of the dark" is a children's story by Jill Tomlinson. This book tells the story of a young owl called Plop, who is afraid of the Dark and doesn't want to go hunting with his parents. Plop's mother then send him out in the evenings and he meets different characters who tell different stories of their experience's in the dark. For example he meets a boy who shows him fireworks and a girl who tells him about Father Christmas and this helps him to accept that sometimes darkne...more
Kim Cerri
Plop is a young owl who is afraid of the dark. He wants to be a day bird not a night bird because of his fear. His mother encourages him to go out and speak with others to find out about the dark. He encountered several people and a cat who all shared their experiences of the dark with Plop.

Plop was not convinced that the dark was good at all, but gradually he overcome his fear of the dark by the positive experiences of the others. Plop became the night owl that he should be and embraced the dar...more
Sradha
‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson, is a story about a young owl called Plop. Plop, is afraid of the dark and does not want to accompany his parents on hunting trips during the night. The story follows Plop as he learns more about the night through several encounters with different characters, who encourage and teach him that the dark is not so scary.

The book is stunningly illustrated, and is separated into chapters in which a new discovery about the dark is made. Tomlinson...more
Ruth
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson is a very enjoyable coming of age story about a Barn Owl called Plop who is afraid of the dark. Plop is afraid of the dark mainly due to his lack of knowledge of the dark. In order to overcome this fear Plop's mother encourages him to fly down from the trees during daylight to talk to people about the dark. Plop meets different characters who share their thoughts and insight into the dark explaining to him through their personal experiences th...more
Fatma Bodhee
This a picture book about Plop, a baby owl who is afraid of the dark. He is sent out by his mummy to find out about the dark before he makes up his mind. After various encounters with different people and a cat, who all show him the bright side of the dark, he is less afraid and is ready to venture into the dark and go hunting.

This story is well illustrated and a good bedtime story for calming night-time fears. I would use this book to read to children in Key Stage 1 at the end of the day. Baby...more
Edel Mc
The owl who was afraid of the dark
The story is about a young barn owl called Plop, who is scared of the dark. The plot is divided into seven chapters, each covering a night during which Plop learns something new about the dark: dark is exciting, dark is kind, dark is fun, dark is necessary, dark is fascinating, dark is wonderful and dark is beautiful. Plop is gradually persuaded that the dark has its advantages. It is a great book to focus on in Year 2. There is an endless amount of activities t...more
Mags Gourley
Beautifully written book about a baby barn owl who is afraid of the dark. When his mum and dad are out hunting at night he is encouraged by his mother to talk to various people to help him understand the dark- hence the chapters- dark is exciting, kind, fun, necessary,fascinating, wonderful and beautiful. Jill Tomlinson writes and educates the reader at the same time about the world of owls from their screeches to the way they sleep. Every time Plop goes to talk to someone about the dark he fall...more
Wes
Plop a fat and fluffy baby barn owl is afraid of the dark, so much so, he tells his Mum he wants to be a,'Day Bird'. In a bid to help Plop to overcome his fear (and to get more shut eye) Plop's parents encourage Plop to leave the safety of their nest and find out more about the dark and how magical nighttime can be.
An excellent book for the four to five year old plus range, Jill Tomlinson has created a heart warming tale with a comforting underlying tone about facing our fears of the unknown. Th...more
Shahida Zia Gill
Great Book read with my Year 2's

Brilliant to get them story writing on hot seating. Thinking about how Plop might feel etc.

A book good for year 3's and 4's as well I'd say.
Melinda
Aug 12, 2008 Melinda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids especially
We have this on Audio. I think I randomly picked it up at the thrift store (my kids love listening to audiobooks as they are falling asleep). I was so impressed with this little tale! Logan still listens to it every night (well, one side a night). It is his absolute favorite. As a matter of fact, Charli asked to sleep on the floor in his room so she could listen to it with him tonight. They are listening to it right now.

It is such a creative story; just so very cute. Great Imagery! And the narra...more
Tom
Apr 05, 2013 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, parents.
This is a wonderful book for young children who might be afraid of the dark, assuming they aren't afraid of owls too. And even then, maybe. I think I was nine when I first read this book and my sister was six, and we both loved it. I may have been a little old for it then, and I probably still am, but then again, maybe not: give me time and I'll grow into it. Almost 40 years later, I still remember the delightful title character, Plop, and his family, as well as his adventures in the dark, the p...more
Dan Blu
Amazing book even though it's for kids and being a teenager i'd read it again.
Rebecca Oblein

"The Owl who was afraid of the dark” tells a story of an owl called plop, who is afraid of the dark and so does no want to go hunting. In order to help plops fears his parents send him out in the evenings where he meets different people who tell him stories which helps his fear of the dark.


I would say the age range for this book would be between 3-7. It’s a book which children can relate to as it is a book that can help to tackle a child’s fear of the dark.

Children can also come up with solution...more
Laura
An owl called 'plop' is afraid of the dark and is scared to go hunting with his parents. It is clear that this book may be better suited for a young age group as some children and this stage may be scared and nervous about the dark themselves.Plops mother sends him down form the trees to talk and gain other peoples perceptions of the dark. The feedback plop gains is positive and plop later leanrs in the end that the dark is not so scary afterall as the dark brings many fun and exciting things to...more
Yaykirsty
One of my favourites from my childhood, I adore this book.
ISS Singapore
Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing—he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs. Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope, and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters th...more
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