Everything on A Waffle

Everything on A Waffle

Book - 2001
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Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374322366
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 09, 2021

Love this book! The characters are fully shaped human beings with quirks. You really root for Primrose. Horvath always does an excellent job of writing kids that speak like kids. Highly recommend for a child to read on their own or for a parent to read aloud.

Dec 28, 2020

'Everything on a Waffle' is a charming celebration of the human spirit and innate optimism.

There is everything to love about the main character, eleven year old Primrose Squarp, who takes what life hands out and moves along her difficult year cheerily with patience . . . and recipes! The other characters you will make you want to cheer, scorn and, some, to hug.

So far I've only read two books by Polly Horvath but intend to read many more! She seems to not be affected by any of cultural upheaval that's set the world on edge and simply writes great, honest stories. I thank her for that.

5 stars

Jun 10, 2020

Primrose Squarp is certain that her parents did not perish at sea and are definitely alive but not everyone is as easy to hold on to hope. With Primrose being a terrible inconvenience the town council decides to give her to her only LIVING relative an Uncle Jack who is not eager to take in Primrose but if it's the only way to keep Mrs. Honeycut away (she hates Primrose and LOVES Jack) he accepts. Though her life has all sorts of twists and turns Primrose can always depend on Miss. Bowzer who owns The Girl On The Red Swing a restaurant that serves EVERYTHING on top of a waffle. Rated G for General Audiences

LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

Great story, and fun read.

Jun 05, 2015

Both of my son's enjoyed reading this book. My oldest son took the lead to read this book with his younger brother.

Jul 14, 2014

This is a great book for all ages. Although it does get a little sad.

Jul 26, 2013

I found this book to be great, funny, and interesting, I liked the recipes at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book as well it's companion; One year in Coal Harbour.

May 31, 2013

I found this book full of exciting ideas and great satire and laughs. It looks at the question of faith from many different angles beginning with the heroine's faith that her parents survived the storm and would return to her. Almost everyone in town has a turn at trying to get her to accept 'reality' and admit her parents had died, but she refuses. She asks a number of people in the novel whether they had ever thought something to be true, even if they could not know for sure. My favourite answer was from the sheriff who said he once sent a man to jail for murder that he does not believe the man committed. He said he had no choice, he presented his evidence to the court and the man was convicted on that basis, but the cop continued to believe in the man's innocence. The book interrogates the idea of 'helping' and 'tolerance' too in the figure of the authoritarian and close minded 'counsellor' who eventually manages to get the little girl taken away by social workers.

This is a beautiful and challenging book. I recommend it to teens and adults who want to give received ideas a kick in the rear.

Feb 23, 2013

I do recommend that parents and teachers allow their children to read this book just because the book could help students cope with their parents being away from home. But, it was not a very interesting book at most parts. Most students will love the recipes and things of that nature but, probably not the actual book itself. I was bored at most parts and ready to finish the book but, I loved the idea behind the book. The girl connected her favorite foods to other things she learned and loved. I would love to also try some of the recipes at the end of the chapters.

Oct 10, 2012

This is a well-written book. It flows easily and, although it's not filled with adventure, it is a very interesting story. It's really neat to see all the recipes at the end of each chapter.

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Feb 23, 2013

This book is about a little girl whose parents are lost at sea. She is sad, lonely, and missing her parents very much. She then comes up with ways to incorporate waffles to the other things she loves which helps her cope with her parents being away.


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Feb 23, 2013

"The only really interesting thing about someone that makes you want to explore them further is their heart, and Miss Honeycut has a teeny tiny pea-sized one and it takes you nowhere you want to go".


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