Everything On A Waffle
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Everything On A Waffle

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  5,877 ratings  ·  558 reviews
Listening Library Audio Books include outstanding unabridged audio books that complement the Chivers Children's Audio Book range. All Listening Library titles are complete and unabridged, and feature molded library cases similar to Chivers Audio Books.Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive -- somewhere....more
150 pages
Published (first published April 1st 2001)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't expect to like this book, but I did, very much. What kept me reading was the main character, Primrose, who seemed separate from, in her youthful perspective, and yet a part of, the crazy/interesting people and events around her. And the idea of serving food on a waffle had a kind of appeal to me. Made me want to try it...
Kathryn
I loved this sweet little gem of a book! It is so surprisingly wise and inspiring and humorous. It really touched me and I'd give it five stars except that I don't think I would have liked it much when I was a kid and kids are, after all, the target audience for this book. I don't mean this in any sort of demeaning way to kids--I think they are incredibly wise and perceptive, sometimes in ways grown-up never can be again--but I think that so many of the observations about people and how and why...more
Josiah
"At heart, we're all violent raging wolves, but in our actions we can be pacifists."

—Primrose Squarp, "Everything on a Waffle", P. 16

"Sometimes you get tempted to make something wonderful even better but in doing so you lose what was so wonderful to begin with."

—Primrose Squarp, P. 36

"Everything on a Waffle" was not exactly how I expected it to be, but it is an excellent novel that is built around a solid, empathetic heart and soul of gentle wisdom. Polly Horvath's quietly sage reasonings...more
Patti
I can hardly believe that the Newbery Honor was awarded to “Everything on a Waffle”. Cute cover, interesting title, but one of the most boring books I have ever read. There are so many superb Honor books, but this one doesn’t even come close to other winners such as: “Because of Winn Dixie”, “The Wednesday Wars”, “A Long Way from Chicago”, to name of few.

The plot is flat line and the humor is non-existent. The characters were just blah. Two things that bothered me: the cook smoking a cigarette w...more
Heidi
Originally reviewed here.

I believe that when most people read the phrase “emotional comfort food read” their minds will immediately turn to the Chicken Soup for the Soul line of books that were so popular more than a decade ago. And yet, Polly Horvath’s Everything on a Waffle is exactly the type of book that fits under the emotional comfort food read heading. To me, there is no better way to describe the deep-seated warmth that filled my insides as I consumed this book. Bunbury readers know that...more
Sue
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ALPHAreader
Primrose Squarp is busy believing in the unbelievable.

Primrose’s mother and father are lost at sea – and Primrose has been living with her babysitter, Miss Perfidy ever since the wild storm that (supposedly) carried them away. But then her Uncle Jack arrives in the town of Coal Harbour, to become Primrose’s guardian.

Uncle Jack leaves the navy to come and live with Primrose (and start a housing development in the picturesque town) – but Primrose expects the arrangement will only be a temporary...more
Gale
Mar 31, 2012 Gale rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a great story
Don't skip this book because it is written in the voice of an 11-year-old.
This books is narrated by Primrose Squarp, who goes to live in a small fishing village on the seacoast with a quirky and miserly relative after her parents were lost at sea. Every chapter ends in some sort of recipe, which is skillfully woven into the story.
Owing much to Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte (two of my particularly favorite authors, so it is no wonder that I love her work), Polly Horvath is a masterful st...more
Liz
This audiobook was great for our trip. The story was engaging and the short chapters helped when we needed to find a stopping point while checking out our directions. The only drawback was the recipes. We wanted to try them out but couldn't remember all of them or the steps. I will check out the book just so we can leisurely peruse through the recipes and test out several of them. With the beginning, I was expecting more Pippi Longstocking but Primrose wasn't Pippi. Thank goodness! I can read Pi...more
Michael
You have got to love Polly Horvath. No, really, you do. Who else could pull off a novel such as this one, in which all the ingredients for a grim tragedy (parental deaths! maimings of innocents! homes burning down! children being shunted off into foster care! people generally being mean to one another, as they are in life) are instead whipped up into something sustained, hilarious, and ultimately life-affirming? Nobody else, I'd wager.

And yet the story is not a farce. It occasionally veers close...more
Hailey
Primrose is not your average little girl she has hope that one day her parents will come back some day. It all started when a storm came,her and her mother were at home and didnt expect anything much to happen during the storm but, soon started to worry because her dad had gone out a few days before on a fishing trip the storm went on and he still wasnt back yet so her mom went out to look for him the next day still niether of them were back,Primrose moved in with a famliy friend everyone in her...more
Vikki VanSickle
This is an extremely clever, funny, and at times shocking novel from one of Canada's best writers, Polly Horvath. When Primrose's parents are lost at sea, she finds herself in the care of her lovable but clueless Uncle Jack, two befuddled dog-loving foster parents Bert and Evie, and the aloof but loyal Miss Bowzer, who runs a restaurant where everything is served on a waffle.

Horvath masterly balances humour and sadness, and creates a wonderful cast of characters that are impossible to forget.Her...more
Aubrey
This is a Newberry honor book that is great for tweens plus. The story is tragic but is told with a very positive, "we can get through anything" lens. What I love most about it is the recipes at the end of each chapter. For example in Chapter 1 she says that she has hair the color of carrots in an apricot glaze and at the end of the chapter is a recipe for carrots in apricot glaze. I love using literature as the jumping off point for various other subjects. If you read this with your child not o...more
Julie
How had I never read this Newbery Honor Book before? It's absolutely delightful. Girl finding her way story, hope and joy, small town characters serve as extended family, etc. Parts of it made me laugh out loud, and I liked (recipe to follow) at the end of every chapter.

I decided to read this now because there is a sequel (or companion book?) being published in the fall, and the ARC is waiting for me at Net Galley!
Bethany
A quirky yet beautiful book about a girl growing up in the shadow of her parents' disappearance at sea. She holds onto the belief that they are still alive, even when no one else will support her. Most of the book chronicles the wacky citizens of her small New England town who include a mothball-obcessed foster parent and a restaurant owner who serves all of her food on waffles.
Cheryl in CC NV
The cover doesn't do the book justice - it's more exciting and thoughtful than that cartoon. The voice of the young girl is wonderful - she's frank & direct but is also open to the possibilities of the inexplicable. Most of the characters were richly layered - which wasn't obvious at first but as the girl matured and learned, we did too. Quick read. Especially for 'tweens.
Mary
This was okay. I think I liked the author's The Trolls better. I do agree with Andrea, though, when she commented that it made her hungry. I thought it was clever of the author to include recipes at the end of each chapter.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Read this in grade 5...all I remembered was I really liked the title. Unfortunately, that is abut the only thing I liked about this book.
Ms. Foley
Definitely a character driven story with some crazy quirky characters in it!
Samantha
Primrose's parents are missing and presumed dead at sea and she bounces from caretaker to caretaker in this middle grade novel set in a small Canadian town.

The gem in this book is the restaurant that Primrose frequents called The Girl on the Red Swing which serves every dish they offer on a bed of waffles. Chapters open with recipes that Primrose is learning to make and invite readers to join in by making them too.

I listened to the audiobook version of this story. It was good, though I wasn't b...more
Anne
Feb 06, 2008 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: 11-13
Recommended to Anne by: My Sister Clare
Its a grueling story of hardships, love, and family.
mcheer7
I like this book and I think it has a good message.
Liz Sutton
Pretty good so far!
Stacy
With a name like Primrose Squarp, you pretty much know it ain't gonna be boring! Fun fun fun. This book made me happy---the characters were so lovable and easy to picture in my mind. I especially loved Yvie!!! It made me wish they were actually real live people, but then, they probably ARE somewhere out there in this world! This was made about 9 years ago--before a bunch of other 'recipes incorporated into the storyline books' and the young girl telling the story gives a recipe at the end of eve...more
Cathy
Jun 06, 2012 Cathy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Newbery Honor Book - 2002
My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms.

Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of" Everything on a Waffle" is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere. She moves in with her Uncle Jack, but fee...more
Jasmine Ko
Everything on a Waffle is one of my favorite middle grade reads. I didn't expect to fall in love with the way I did when I first read it several years ago. It is definitely a great read for both young kids and adults as well.

Polly Horvath has a way of making what could have been a really sad story into a very light, touching story about a girl who never gives up hope that her parents (who are lost at sea) are still alive. Primrose has to live with her Uncle, a reluctant caretaker and an awful on...more
Crys (The Hodgenator)
This children's book offers its reader an adorable character, Primrose Squarp, a young girl who never gives up on her parents being alive. While the entire town accepts the fact that Primrose is now an orphan, she simply smiles and awaits her parents' arrival. In the process, she is taken in by several different homes: an old neighbor, an uncle, foster parents. But through it all, hope is always there...and of course her favorite restaurant, The Girl in the Red Swing, where everything is served...more
A.J. Llewellyn
This is supposed to be a kid's book but the cover at the library attracted me. Wow, what a brilliant, devastating read. 11-year old Primrose Quarp is an incredible literary creation. She lives in a small Canadian sea town and is marked by life because she is orphaned, her parents lost at sea.
Everybody feels sorry for Primrose but she has an indefatigable view of life, an infectious take on things that just tickled and touched me.
She is the only one in her town who believes her parents are alive...more
Rachel
Another book for my class, which I picked up mostly because of the title. I decided to read this book originally because of the title and the cover illustration, which I thought was funny. Overall I would probably give this book about 3 ½ stars, and it only gets the extra half a star for the “recipes to follow” at the end of the chapters, which I liked as some of them looked tasty. I think her name is probably one of the worse choices in literary history, however you will remember it because it...more
Alissa
Everything on a Waffle is an adorable novel for students to read. It's about a girl named Primrose whose parents were lost at sea by a horrible storm. The entire town of Coal Harbor believes her parents are dead so they place her with an uncle, Uncle Jack, whom she's never met. Primrose is a girl who skips to the beat of her own drummer. She is a spirited, curious little eleven year old who gets into trouble without even knowing it. The whole town believes she is not accepting the death of her p...more
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Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven...more
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