- Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 12mm | 118g
- Publication date: 30 December 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1405210931
- ISBN 13: 9781405210935
- Sales rank: 8,612
A heart-warming classic full of animal antics by Jill Tomlinson. 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 that dark is super after all. Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson's animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. This edition of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is beautifully illustrated by Paul Howard.
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Jill Tomlinson Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did! Jill Tomlinson's animal stories are much-loved and have been best-selling children's books for nearly four decades.
By Chye Hing Siaw 10 Nov 2009
Can't believe I actually found this book again!
I was 9 or 10 years old or younger then, when I first picked up this book at my local library and borrowed it home. This was the only book I actually remembered from my childhood (besides the Mr Men series), so fascinated I actually copied the entire book and its drawings out onto a notebook! Haha I know it was rather silly (and illegal oops) but that was the only way I could re-read the book then instead of borrowing it every time the loan is up.
As for the book, it tells a very compelling story of the baby owl called Plop who was afraid of the dark. The language used is simple enough for a roughly 5-7 year old to follow the story, with relevant illustrations alongside the narratives. The story progresses at just the right pace, and the more I read the more I wanted to know about Plop's next adventure. When I finally finished that book I had such a sense of satisfaction, yet I wanted to read it again. Of course all this was way back when I was still young (:
I believe this will be a great book to read at bed time to a young child, and it is even recommended as a reading material for children who are afraid of the dark themselves ;)
"'The dark is scary, ' Plop tells Mommy Barn Owl, who wisely instructs him to learn a bit more about it before passing judgment....As for the round, plump, and utterly fetching owl himself, he's an irresistible ball of fluff who may well convert a host of readers to nighttime's appeal." --"Publishers Weekly"