Angela Pelaez Vargas and I were over the moon when we heard we could have the official book launch of Mia’s Nest at the Kinderboekwinkel in Amsterdam. Rietje Nivard, who has been running this children’s book store for over 40 years now, is an institution in the Netherlands. I don’t think there are more people in our country who know more about children’s books and who can speak about these books with more love than Rietje. If you ever visit Amsterdam, be sure to stop by the Kinderboekwinkel at Rozengracht 34! It’s easy to recognize: Tow Truck Pluck’s tow truck leads the way!


Mia’s Nest with Tow Truck Pluck’s tow truck.


Rietje Nivard and her staff created a beautiful window for our book, with the cutest drawing of Mia and her nest.


The Book… Mia’s Nest, a Dutch Little Golden Book, published by Rubinstein. The story of Mia, a little girl with tangles in her hair. When her mother decides it’s time to have Mia’s hair cut short, Mia needs to find a way out. Because short hair is silly. Short hair is for boys. Boys are silly. But even the birds at the playground can’t help her. Or can they?


Of course, the first two copies went to the two children that were the inspiration for this sweet story: Angela’s daughter Julia and my son Olivier.