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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  1,334 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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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Simona
Rating: 4/5



Sunt momente când orice cititor înrăit se găsește într-un book slump de toată minunăția, sau pur și simplu este prea obosit și leneș pentru a se apuca de o carte mai mare, mai complexă. În aceste clipe cred că cel mai bine este să vă apucați de o carte care v-ar putea relaxa, și pe care o puteți citi lejer, fără a vă obosi mintea.

Un bun exemplu îl reprezintă Bufnița care se temea de întunericde Jill Tomlinson, o cărticică minunată care a reușit să îmi detensioneze mintea. Chiar dacă p
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Simona Stoica
Jul 05, 2016 Simona Stoica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recenzie completă: http://palarisme.ro/chef/carti/recenz...

Mi-am dorit cartea de când am aflat că protagonistul este o bufniţă. Iubesc bufniţele. Am pandativ cu bufniţă. Tricou. Cană. Râdeam când unul dintre profesorii mei de la facultate ne numea bufniţe. Să îţi mai spun şi de Hedwig?

Buf este un pui de bufniţă de hambar care doarme noaptea şi nu se simte (încă) pregătit să plece cu părinţii săi la vânătoare. Întunericul îl sperie şi nu vrea să îşi înfrunte teama. Aşa că se comportă ca o pasăre
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Mădă Kruppa
O poveste frumoasă, inteligentă despre frica de întuneric. Cred că ar putea fi o alternativă excelentă de a risipi teama micuților de întuneric, o terapie prin povestea de noapte -bună ,drăgălașenia lu Buf simplificând totul :)
Katy Noyes
May 15, 2016 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remembered this vaguely from childhood, and bought a copy for my son for us to read together.

It could be a lovely warm and helpful read for children scared of the dark, but for any child, animal books are a hit, and to read about an owl being afraid of his natural environment is a novel idea and intriguing.

My son didn't sound keen when we started, but very soon warmed to the main character. It certainly helped that he had the name 'Plop'!

Plop's parents are rather nonplussed that their (barn ow
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Fil
Nov 13, 2015 Fil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bella la discussione "I libri della vostra infanzia". Appena l'ho vista, mi sono subito ricordato di questo piccolo gufo.

Penso sia stato il mio primo libro.

Mi ricordo solo che la presenza di alcune illustrazioni tra un capitolo e l'altro. Forse un vasetto di inchiostro che si svuotava.

E mi ricordo anche la trama. Un gufetto che incontra altri animaletti e riesce a farsi passare la sua paura. Scusate lo spoiler sull'imprevedibile finale.

Libro consigliato solo a chi non ha mai letto un libro in v
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Saoirse Sterling
You can read my full review of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark on my site XLeptodactylous.

My copy of this book is probably as old as I; it is bashed, bruised, torn and tattered and there is cellotape holding the pages in, as well as some of the pages together as a whole.

It is, quite delightfully, a wonderful children's tale about a Barn Owl named Plop who is afraid of the dark. He simply hates it, but his mother and father are tired of him always waking them up during the day (when they are,
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u1124876 UEL
Sep 19, 2011 u1124876 UEL rated it really liked it
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
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Linda McCarry
Dec 18, 2013 Linda McCarry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shanaz Begum
Nov 19, 2011 Shanaz Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2011 PenNPaper52 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Iqra Jabbar
Oct 12, 2013 Iqra Jabbar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miss Bookiverse
Jul 09, 2008 Miss Bookiverse rated it really liked it  ·  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).
Nata
Jul 30, 2016 Nata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O cărțulie educativă și amuzantă, potrivită pentru un copil-cititor începător, asta pe lângă megacunoscutele basme ale lui Petre Ispirescu.
Rahiel Woldu
A heart warming story about an eight week old baby barn owl, Plop, whose natural instinct – to be awake and roam at night – is suppressed due to the very fact that the world at night fills him with dread and fear thus refusing to leave is nest hole every night. Through Plop’s eyes, the world at night is ‘nasty’ and is just an endless shade of black about which he repeatedly says, “I don’t like it AT ALL.” However, the story takes us through encounters and experiences he goes through that really ...more
Gary
Aug 25, 2011 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2011 Khalida wahid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Jennifer
Nov 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Yasmin
May 22, 2014 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Wing
Jan 08, 2016 Chris Wing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is the first time I have read this book as an adult, although I recall it well from childhood.
This time around, I read it with my son (who is now almost 6!) - it is a favourite of this, having read it at school and having his own copy at home.
The story is about a baby barn owl called plop) who is, of course, afraid of the dark and this is the story about how he learns to not be afraid.

It's acharming little tale, which is funny and engaging, with enough little amusements to help entertain an
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Dione Basseri
Fairly lackluster. It may be a good fit for parents trying to help kids who are afraid of the dark, but it's not good for much else. The artwork is trying for that soft pastel look, which is okay for a fair number of the pieces, but the humans are kind of...off. Especially with the scouts at the campfire. They're more unnerving than soft.

A young owl goes about asking humans and animals why they like the dark, until he decides he likes it, as well. A simple enough idea, typical of picture books,
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Tasia Ramejkis
The story is all about a little barn owl called Plop. He is afraid of the dark, and his mummy and daddy ask him to go and speak to different people about why they like the dark. They explain about fireworks, camp fires, without the dark father Christmas can't come, or being able to star gaze.

Plop over comes his fears with the support of his parents in order to be come a night owl.4

Cross Curricular

Science - nocturnal animals.
English - repeated phrases are a common theme, writing linked to using t
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Suad
Jun 14, 2015 Suad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about an owl called Plop who is afraid of the dark and believes that the "dark is nasty."
Plop meets people throughout the book and through this he realises that there is more to night time.
The illustrations are great and will attract children along with the humour.
This book is enjoyable especially for year 1-2. It can be used in English for story writing and also in Art and Science, especially to do with lighting.
It is a great book to help children overcome their fears of the dark a
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karenmcn
Sep 04, 2012 karenmcn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 19, 2013 Kim Cerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sradha
Sep 08, 2013 Sradha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
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Ruth
Sep 04, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth
Feb 11, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember listening to the audio cassette of this when I was little. I was allowed to listen to one chapter a night before I went to bed. But honestly I'd forgotten just how much I love this book! It was so nice to read it again and I can't wait for my niece to be old enough for me to read this to her.
Amanda
Mar 10, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I enjoyed reading this story and looking at the illustrations. I like how the illustrations look like paint dabs bunched together. I could use this in my classroom when discussing different point of views. Each character in the story had a differing opinion about why they liked the night.
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