Tow-Truck Pluck by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp

  Tow-Truck Pluck by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp, translated by David Colmer, Pushkin Children’s Books, 9781782691129, 2011

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  5

Genre:  Fiction

What did you like about the book? Annie Schmidt is considered the Queen of Dutch Children’s Literature. Her book comes translated from Dutch by David Colmer. This is a large collection of stories, Each story is 2-3 pages long with adorable illustrations to accompany the text. The book follows the adventures of Pluck, a little boy who has a tow truck. When he finds himself homeless, a fat pigeon tells him about an empty tower room that turns out to be a perfect place for him to live. From there he sets out on all sorts of adventures. The jacket of the book says that this is a classic Dutch book that most children from the Netherlands have grown up with. The stories are endearing and hopefully American children will get the same pleasure from this book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 4-8 will love the stories. They are about independence, adventure and ingenuity. It is a good book for a parent to read to an older child at bedtime.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ rooms of a library

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 8, 2017


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