- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Abridged edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763615625
- ISBN-13: 978-0763615628
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Hardcover – August 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Howard's glorious nocturnal illustrations give new life to the late British author's 1968 tale of an owlet frightened of the night. "The dark is scary," Plop tells Mommy Barn Owl, who wisely instructs him to learn a bit more about it before passing judgment. Soon, Plop is off seeking new acquaintances, both human and animal, who tell him their favorite things about the evening, from fireworks and campfire singalongs to viewing the constellations ("The dark is wondrous. Look through the telescope," says one gentleman he meets). Tomlinson's reassuring tale is aimed squarely at preschoolers, who will thrill to a familiar scenario played out in an unusual setting. Howard's expertly shaded pastels evoke the owls' feather-softness against full-bleed illustrations in glowing, naturalistic colors, which he augments with smaller sepia vignettes. One particularly memorable scene features a close-up of Plop flanked by his parents, the three of them staring out at readers with the sparkle of a fireworks display reflected in their large eyes. As for the round, plump and utterly fetching Plop himself, he's an irresistible ball of fluff who may well convert a host of readers to nighttime's appeal. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Plop the baby barn owl needs to overcome his fear of the night, because that's when he and his parents must go hunting. His understanding mother suggests that he ask various other creatures why they like the dark. A boy calls it exciting because he can see fireworks, an old lady finds it kind as she remembers past pleasures, a Boy Scout says it's fun because friends can sing around the campfire and drink cocoa, a girl maintains that it is necessary so that Santa can come, an astronomer terms it wondrous because he can see the constellations, and a cat simply points out the beauty of the sleeping town. Now convinced that the dark is just right, Plop becomes a night owl. This newly illustrated version of a British classic has winning full-page and page-and-a-half pastel pictures in midnight blues and soft daytime shades that show a sweetly fluffy owlet, his wide-eyed parents, and his new friends.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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The book is separated in chapters so you can read it over many nights. I think it will be a good way to ease a child's fear of the dark... as long as the child knows they are no owl and are supposed to sleep at night while the owls roam.
Plop is a young barn owl. Plop is a hungry, young barn owl. Plop is a hungry, young barn owl frightened of the dark, and Plop's poor, exhausted parents are at their wits end about the whole situation. Between hunting trips & way too few naps, Plops parents -rather than forcing him to face his fear unprepared- urge him to learn as much as he can about the dark. Plop achieves this by approaching a few of the characters who happen to be within sight of his nesting tree.
Wait a minute...I need to stop. There is no way I can even come close to summarizing this story for you that would do it the justice it so well deserves. Buy the book...really!
I will, however, say that this is one of the BEST children's stories I have EVER had the privlege of reading, let alone sharing with my child. My little girl (who is 7, as of today) is very much like Plop. She's intelligent, precocious, outgoing -and dare I say it?- a HOOT! And, also like Plop, she fears the dark. The story kept both of us interested the entire time, & we shared so many laughs! And, on the last night of the story my brave little girl asked me to turn off the light...
Whether you are looking for a book to help a child deal with this fear, or if you are just looking for a great book to read to (or with) a child, I'd say this book is a guaranteed WINNER! Buy the book!
I am looking forward to reading three other books by Jill Tomlinson I bought for my girl's birthday; the ones with the cat, the otter, and the aardvark. I have no doubt they were created with the same magic as this one. Check them out.