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.
The author describes Plop as fat, fluffy, soft and perfect. Can you think of other adjectives? Can you find synonyms for these words?
The chapter titles all begin with 'Dark is?'. Can you think of other ways of describing the dark? Could you write another chapter for the story linked to your description? Who might the owl meet in your chapter?
Make a list of positive and negative words to describe the dark.
Could you write a story about something exciting that happens when it is dark?
Could you perform the story with some friends? Watch these clips from the stage version for some ideas:
Plop has 'knackety knees'. Can you think of other examples of alliteration? Can you think of alliterative ways of describing an animal (e.g. the elephant has a terrific trunk, the rhino has a huge horn).
The author uses the phrase 'a fountain of dancing stars sprang up from the ground' to describe the fireworks. Can you think of other ways of describing your favourite fireworks?
Plop doesn't like his name. Can you make a list of possible alternatives?