ARC REVIEW: Tow-Truck Pluck – by Annie M.G. Schmidt


Title: Tow-Truck Pluck
Author: Annie M.G. Schmidt

Genre: Children, Fiction, Picture Books
First published: July 7th 2016
Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
Finished reading: October 18th 2016
Pages: 200
Rating 5qqq

“And he skipped off… That was strange because he hadn’t eaten any berries. But it does happen… Some people don’t need hassle berries to skip and play, it just comes naturally.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Pushkin Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across this copy of the English translation of what has to be one of my absolute childhood favorites. I grew up with the Annie M.G. Schmidt books and her stories were probably among the first I read all by myself. Tow-Truck Pluck with its lovely illustrations by Fiep Westendorp (the same as the original Dutch version) is without doubt a book to treasure with your children and a title I cannot praise high enough. The English translation is well done and doesn’t feel awkward or loses its original charm. Pluck is a delightful character and his adventures will appeal to most young readers. Simple, but full of charismatic characters, animals that can talk and illustrations to enjoy; Tow-Truck Pluck is the perfect choice if you are looking for a new title to read with or to the little ones. They will want to reread it many times!


Pluck has a little red tow truck, and is now driving all over town looking for a place to live. He doesn’t seem to have any luck, but then Dolly the pigeon tells him that the tower of the Pill Building is empty. Happy with his new home, he soon starts meeting his neighbors, making new friends and solving all kind of problems along the way.


If you are looking for a book to read to or with young children, I cannot recommend Tow-Truck Pluck high enough. The prose is easy to read and entertaining for children, and they will love the illustrations as well. Pluck is a very likeable character as well as his many (animal) friends. Each chapter has a new adventure, so they work perfectly as bedtime stories. More than recommended!

November 2016 TBR

november2016tbrWait, it’s November already?! Seriously, this year is just flying away… I didn’t get to read all the books on my Halloween TBR last month, mostly because I had a pile of ARCs to work through and I’m still waaaay behind with my reviews. Five out of ten is still I pretty decent number I guess.


>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

This month I’ve decided to select a mix of ARCs and books I have been wanting to read for a while now… A bunch of different genres as well, so I should be able to read quite a few no matter what I’m in the mood for!

# TBR #


  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (536 pages)
  • The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon (352 pages)
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (342 pages)
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman (288 pages) NETGALLEY
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (464 pages)


  • Before You Leap by Keith Houghton (302 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Another Day Gone by Elizabeth Graham (322 pages) NETGALLEY
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (337 pages)
  • The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt (296 pages) NETGALLEY
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (367 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?