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NOT clearly described - hugely abridged!
on 23 November 2011
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark is a wonderful book - in its original form. It makes a wonderful transition between picture books and chapter books: lots going on, not scary, plenty of reasons to keep going.
But this - well, first of all the recording is Bill Oddie not the wonderful Maureen Lipman (Not the same thing at all)
And second, it's abridged into a 16 page picture book format, and many of those pages are pictures, not words. A whole chapter is condensed into a single page. Which is a particular problem with this book, because frankly the story is a bit weedy (baby owl scared of dark; finds out more; decides he likes it), and what makes it is the way in which it's told.
DON'T BUY THE BUNDLED VERSION!!! Buy the original unabridged book and the CD and then you won't be disappointed.