There I am at the dentists, waiting in some trepidation as you do, but there aren't any National Geographics to have a flick through, so I turned to the children's books to see 'The Brave Little Owl'. We covered a Guardian list of children's books featuring owls several weeks ago, though this one hadn't made that list.
It was a great little read, by Gill Davies and illustrated by Dick Twinney, featuring an owl chick who is mocked by the other animals for being afraid of the dark and flying. It is the growing sense of excitement of the beauty of the night with its moon and stars, that allows the owl chick to overcome its fear, and to see all the light in the darkness. The writing and detailed wildlife paintings really bring to life the atmosphere, and beauty of moonshine and starshine playing across streams and lakes as the little owl learns to love flight at night.
Though it didn't set me up to learn to love the dentists, it certainly made the wait a pleasant one, and it really could have made the Guardian list.