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1001 Stories Collection

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

1001 The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
Added on 24th August 2020

Author Jill Tomlinson
First published 1968
Publisher Methuen and Co Ltd

Animals Funny
1001

A book telling a gently comic story about overcoming fears.

Story

Plop, a young barn owl, is afraid of the dark. In each chapter Plop explores the night and discovers that there are some good things about the dark.

Why we chose it

A gently comic story. Plop is an appealing character and much of the humour comes from his relationship with his long-suffering parents. Originally published as a chapter book the story is now available for younger readers as a picture book.

Where it came from

A trained opera singer, Jill Tomlinson began writing for children after multiple sclerosis set back her performing career.

Where it went next

An audio book read by Maureen Lipman followed. In 2001 a picture book version illustrated by Paul Howard brought the story to a new audience.

The London Planetarium adapted the book into a show (it explains what constellations are).

Unicorn Theatre put on a stage version of the story in 2016.

Associated stories

Jill Tomlinson wrote a number of other stories about animals which included, The Penguin who Wanted to Learn, The Cat who Wanted to Go Home, The Gorilla who Wanted to Grow Up, The Hen who Wouldn’t Give Up, The Otter who Wanted to Know and The Aardvark who Wasn’t Sure.

Added on 24th August 2020

Author Jill Tomlinson
First published 1968
Publisher Methuen and Co Ltd

Animals Funny
1001