Pluck makes lots more friends and solves all kinds of problems. But the biggest problem is Dove Grove. It used to be a garden with tall tree ...more
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Tow-Truck Pluck is the story of a little boy, Pluck, who drives a small tow-truck around town, and finds a place to live in the tower of the Pill Building. Pluck quickly makes friends with Aggie (whose mother is obsessed with cleanliness), the Stampers (a dad and his six unruly sons), Dolly (a helpful pigeon), Zaza (a coc ...more
I believe this book has been read by practically every Dutch child since it was first published in 1971. Since no one ever bought it for me *glares at family members*, I had to get my Pluk fix from being read to from it at kindergarten and the early years of primary school. Of course, sitting in a classroom with roughly 25 other kids who were noisy and smelly didn't make it the best kind of experience. Sooo, I had to make numerous visits to the library instead to be able to read it properly. Whi...more
“Pluk” tells the story of a small boy - parentless, ...more
Finished reading: October 18th 2016
“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 m ...more
This is a lovely story about a boy and his tow-truck. Part fantasy, part wish-fulfilment, little Pluck is looking for somewhere to live and is directed to an empty flat after meeting a friendly pigeon. He soon finds himself getting involved with the residents (some nice, some not so nice), and doing hi ...more
Tow-Truck Pluck was originally published as a weekly serial in a Dutch magazine in the late 60s, and was published as a book in 1971. It is still known as one of the most popular Dutch children’s books ever, and I can see why. This is a wacky little book, and it took me a minute to get into the flow of the story, but once I did, I was invested. You have Pluck, who, by all accou ...more
Back then, I loved this book for the wonderful adventures, the silly, outrageous, but lovable characters, and the colourful illustrations.
These days, I still love this book, especially for the lovely memories I have of it, but also for the reasons above. I still love the adventures, the characters have gotten even more wonderful (now ...more
Enjoy pluck's adventures and endeavours with him, with the funny characters he meets and odd places he sees. Pluck also learns a thing or two about important things in life, such as friendship and trust. All this is accompanied by amazing drawings by Fiep Westendorp to really get your imagination flowing.
I am going to buy the Eng ...more
An imaginative children's chapter book about a little boy named Pluck and his fully operational tow truck, TOW-TRUCK PLUCK promotes friendship and cooperation while stretching the imagination of young readers. Pluck doesn't have a home, till a friendly park pigeon named Dolly tells him to try the Pill Building's empty tower room. Pill moves in, and that's just the beginning of lots of friendships, adventures, and animal rescues, to the delight of readers.
TOW-TRUCK PLUCK wa ...more
Although she wrote a variety of poems, songs, books, plays, musicals, and radio- en television drama, she is known best for her children's literature, for which she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1988. She committed suicide a day after her 84th birthday and was buried in Amsterdam.