First published in 1968, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is a timeless tale that is still as relevant today as the day it was written.
When the sun sets it is time for the creatures of night to awaken. Owls stir from their daytime slumber and ready themselves to swoop through the night sky hunting for food. All except one. Newly born Plop is the perfect little barn owl with his big eyes, his fluffy feathers and his knackety knees. But Plop has one big owl problem, he is scared of the dark.
Determined that her little Plop will not be a day bird and will learn to be a proper owl, Mrs. Barn Owl sends Plop out of their tree branch home and down into the world in search of answers to better understand the dark. But will anyone be able to help Plop overcome his fear…
Jill Tomlinson tells a heart-warming and comforting story that wonderfully supports children in overcoming a fear of the dark. Being fearful of the dark is common amongst children and readers will immediately relate to Plop and his fear of heading out into the world at night. With a bit of gentle encouragement to seek answers and explanations, Plop learns that the dark really is delightful. It is perfect for fireworks, campfires, star-gazing, remembering and is absolutely necessary for the visit of Father Christmas.
As Plop ventures out into the world he meets lots of different people who each describe the dark in their own magical way. For one the dark is ‘kind’, to another the dark is ‘fun’ and for another the dark is ‘wonderful’. In each chapter, Plop meets a person who teaches about him about the dark and shares a positive experience with him.
There are many editions of this story and the version that I own features gorgeous pencil illustrations by Paul Howard that bring to life Plop’s night-time adventures. Told over seven chapters, it is a great book for reading over the course of a week.
Comforting, charming and an utterly beautiful story. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is the perfect bedtime read.
Recommended for 5+.