Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

by
,

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 5 based on 17
17 Reviews
Write a Review

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.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Reviews | Toppsta

9781405271974

Share on

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

4th August '16
I read it to AnnaC aged 6 aged 6
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
we're currently on the 5th read through of this book, and also numerous listens to the cd whilst we've been on holiday, and we're not bored yet. Such a wonderful classic story, exploring fear of dark and growing up with beautiful explanations of why we need nighttime and dark. Would recommend it to anyone!
24th March '16
I read it to Jem aged 10 aged 10 & to Doggy woof aged 6 aged 6
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
Totally adorable. A favourite in our house.  The children listen to it on audio, read it themselves and love having it read aloud. Such a beautiful, simple story that captures your heart- young and old. We love Plop! 
11th September '16
I read it to AvaW aged 3 aged 3
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
This is a lovely story that I enjoy reading to Ava. I saw it in the bookshop and got it mainly for my daughter, as at night she doesn't like the lights completely off and we have to leave the hallway light on or she gets scared. Owl doesn't like the dark, and his mom sends him out to ask about the dark. He finds out about things that happen in the dark that are fun, such as fireworks and father Christmas coming. It has funny bits It is a great book to read at bedtime, a very sweet story.
28th October '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
Love this book, I read one chapter to S and she begged for more until we had read the whole thing in two sittings. It would make a good bedtime chapter book for older kids. 
Plop the owl sets off to discover what the dark is really like from the people he meets in the woods where he lives. He meets a different person each chapter and discovers that they all like the dark for different reasons. 
19th November '18
AS100 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
I was given this book to read from school as homework and loved it.  The book tells the story of Plop a baby barn owl and how he is afraid of the dark. His Mum encourages to go down to the ground to meet and speak to other people about what they think about the dark.  They describe the dark in a variety of ways and Plop discovers that not everyone is afraid of the dark like him.
A classic story that all children should read.
8th February '15
Read to children aged 3 & 6
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
I loved this book as a child (I still have my own, very dog-eared copy), it was read to me at school when I was 5. Plop is a Barn owl who learns to overcome his fear of the dark by meeting lots of different people, each with their own adjective to describe 'Dark'. It is 'exciting', 'necessary' (how else will Father Christmas come?), 'kind' and 'wonderful'...you get the idea. Children really identify with Plop's fear and his loving (albeit slightly weary) parents, who patiently let him discover his world for himself. Plop was such a part of our family life when I grew up, almost every dinnertime when we wanted to know "What's next?", my Mum would reply (and does to this day) "said Plop". Beautiful illustrations make this abridged version a joy to read. Looking forward to reading some of the others in the series
11th January '16
Daria read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
this story is about an owl called Plop who was afraid of the dark, quite a big thing for an owl as they are only active during the night.
Plop meets many things during this story who all tell him different things about the dark but will this stop Plop being afraid
really good book i really enjoyed it
would recommend to children aged 6+
5th November '16
alexia read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
5 stars
i like this book because it is very funny but also very cute and i enjoyed it very much.
24th July '17
Dahl class read it themselves aged 7 to 9
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
4 stars
My favourite book is the owl who was afraid of the dark.This book was interesting when blob went down to see the old lady and when she talked about the dark is kind. I think the story is funny because when the little girl called blob a Wolle ball because he rolled three times. I really liked this book.

Megan (age 8) 
29th March '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
4 stars
Once we had got past my daughter's amusement that the main character in this book is an owl called Plop we found that it's actually a sweet book with a strong message that it's ok to be afraid and that the dark is actually beautiful and not scary. Lovely use of language in this book which really helps read the story. We have enjoyed it as a snuggly bedtime book.
27th July '16
I read it to Bobbin aged 8 aged 8 & to Piglet aged 4 aged 4
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
4 stars
This a very gentle and reassuring tale of an owl called Plop who is afraid of the dark. Plops parents try to persuade him that there is no need to be scared of night time. Plop, in turn, talks to a number of people and creatures to find out more about the dark, and the things that are good about it. This is a lovely story that understands and acknowledges a fear that many children have.
26th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark 9781405271974
4 stars
This is a story about an Owl who is afraid of the dark. The baby owl asks lots of people about the dark and they all have positive views about it. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous but we found the story slightly slow and too long. 
Show More (0)

About Jill Tomlinson

Simon Reade is Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic where these adaptations and others have been staged. His adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland won the TMA Award for Best Show for Young People....

More about Jill Tomlinson

About Paul Howard

Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. He regularly appears on radio, and in 1997 received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature. He lives in London.

Paul Howard is an illustrator whose books inclu...

More about Paul Howard

Ratings

    14 stars
  • (11 Reviews)
  • (6 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)