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Adventures with Waffles

(Vaffelhjarte #1)

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Lena is Trille's best friend, even if she is a girl. And there is never an ordinary day when you've got a best friend like Lena.

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it's coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill--and sometimes a
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA) (first published 2005)
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Hannahlily
Completely charming and my favorite MG I've read in a while. People keep likening it to Pippi, but while I find Pippi grating and often TOO over-the-top, I thought Lena was just the right balance of moody, precocious, and captivating. It's delightfully funny (I couldn't stop laughing during the first chapter especially), with plenty of Scandinavian character and enchanting details but I think my favorite part is how it deals with the very real problem of worrying that you care about someone much ...more
The Read head
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exceptionally adorable. A year of adventures of 2 kids in Norway. I laughed out loud and cried as well. It’s short and sweet and really a great read!
April Moody
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story!
Nine year old Trille and Lena are next door neighbors who live in Norway and their life is filled with imaginative adventures, unexpected catastrophe's and eating Auntie Granny's waffles. Trille is quietly worried that though Lina is his best friend- he isn't sure if she feels the same. This story was filled with laugh out loud funny- and pull at the heart strings moments- and I loved the refreshing simple writing style (translated from Norweigen ) I loved that this
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Pavel
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-sonya
You or your children like Astrid Lindgren? This book is for you. Setting seems familiar: distant island, several funny and mischievous kids and few stories about their adventures - realistic, incredibly funny and touching.

Why Noah didn't take dinosaurs on board and is there a way to figure it out? What if to put an ad about missing father for my single mom on a local store door? This stuff makes my daughter happy - she swallowed the book in ONE NIGHT and it's not that thin.
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Lisa
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this aloud to both my kids. It was a wonderful book—funny (there were a few points I laughed so hard I couldn’t actually keep reading), but then unexpectedly sad and sweet too. It introduces some ideas of loss to kids in a pretty gentle way, showing how the narrator felt in his own mind about what was happening and he processes grief about it.

I edited on the fly a little just so my kids wouldn’t hear the word stupid so much. But overall a really great book.
April W
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-the-kids
I love books about children being children, but so many of them are dated (Milly Molly Mandy, 5 Children and It, Treasure Seekers, Beverley Cleary, etc) when children lived such different lives. Adventures with Waffles is the perfect contemporary counterpart to those stories, taking place in modern day Norway complete with cell phones and other modern technology while still capturing the magic, wild abandon, and coming of age of the middle grades. The book touches on big themes of grief, bravery ...more
Lara Lleverino
This book made me literally laugh out loud, have huge lumps in my throat trying not to cry and wake up my sleeping husband next to me as I read WAY past my bedtime under the covers! Such a fantastic book. Kind of Tom Sawyer meets Heidi, meets Amelia Bedelia, meets Mitford meets Calvin and Hobbes? A story about a perfect friendship and a small town, about family and neighbors and about imagination and adventure. I loved this book! It is a book mostly about kids written in a style for kids but wil ...more
Annina Luck Wildermuth
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
What a nice old-fashioned middle grade, the story of a friendship between more reserved Trille ( a boy) and Lena, his spunky neighbor along the lines of Pippi Longstocking. In fact, the author is Norwegian and so the story takes place in a small town in Norway. Wonderful characters and poignant moments when the characters deal with changes. I highly recommend it!
Kelly
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story about friendship and families.
Christine
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So charming!
Trille and Lena are two adventurous friends that do everything together. Whether it's making an ark/shark out of Uncle Tor's boat or riding in Grandpa's moped, they find trouble wherever they go. So when Lena moves away it isn't surprising that the two find a way to stay together. The characters are lively and fun, I especially loved Grandpa and Auntie Granny (she makes the world's best waffles!).
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Heather Moore
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lex-me-2020
At the beginning, I wasn’t sure that this book was going to live up to the hype, but the further my 13 year old and I got into the story the more it grew on us. And midway through, we were completely sold. This story was delightful and full of heart. Five stars from each of us.
Sarah
A fun and hilarious story of childhood friendship and antics that also deals with hard losses in life. I found myself in tears or choked up several times in the second half of the book.

“Grandpa looked at me seriously and said that missing people is the best sad feeling there is.”
DeNae
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it aloud with my 7 year old who recommended it to his big siblings. The 12 and 14 year olds also loved it. It had raucous adventures, beautiful family and friend relationships, and character growth, without ignoring the challenges of life and growing up. I loved this family and the girl who lived next door.
Laura
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So charming!

This made a great family read aloud. My 10, 7, and 4 year olds all found reasons to laugh at Trille and Lena. They all looked forward to our bedtime reading.
Joelle
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Favorite read aloud so far! Laugh out loud funny and truly heart touching!
Brandon
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute, kids loved it. Awesome read aloud option!
Lauren Grace Keen
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a breath of fresh air. I loved every page! Read this book and then read it to your children. 💕
Kirsten
From dragging a cow onto Grandpa's boat to starting a retirement home for horses, Lena and Trille always find themselves in the middle of some kind of wacky adventure. Lena is brash and outspoken; Trille is sometimes unsure of himself. The combination of the two makes for a perfect friendship. Pippi Longstocking meets the Penderwicks. For 8-10 year olds. ...more
Mary
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have read this year. Yes, a children’s literature book just made my number 1 read of 2020! An unexpected treasure.
Quentin Bailey
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. I like that it is like real life. This book made me feel sad and happy at the same time. (Quentin, age 5)
Jennifer Baugh
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweetest book I've read in a long time. It reminds me of the McManus books my dad would read to us while camping. ...more
Kim
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was just a cute series of adventures--Pippi Longstocking, the next generation. Then about halfway through, it developed an overarching plot. Delightful. Made me laugh and cry--that's a good book. In the tradition of all the really great kid books where the adults probably get more out of it than the kids. ...more
Rachel
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Susie Finkbeiner
This is a great book to read with elementary aged kids. I say "read with" because 1. the adult will enjoy it, 2. there are a few themes that kids might want to discuss (the girl doesn't have a dad, there are scary injuries, someone dies). Beautiful story of friendship and family. This is a book I'll want to read again. ...more
Jenny
This one ranks highly as one of the most delightful middle grade/children's books I've ever read. It is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and sweet all at once. Young Trille is a genuine, observant and warm narrator, and his adventures with Lena, the girl from next door, made me laugh and cry at every turn. A satisfying, well-written and funny read. ...more
Beth
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caroline-reads
READ THIS! This kid lit cook is so fun, funny, charming, witty—probably my favorite book I’ve read all quarantine (everything I’ve read has been a disappointment or annoying 😂😆) and all year. I was literally laughing and tearing up in this book. The characters are so lovable, their trouble making hilarious, and the wittiness of it all is just icing on the cake. It’s kind of pippy longstocking-ish but funnier and easier to understand and explain to littler kids. I can’t wait to read it with Carol ...more
Adam Calvert
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific story of two childhood friends, Trille and Lena getting into trouble somehow in every chapter. While the chapters have a "feel" of being episodic, they do each add to the overall narrative and the book comes together as a great whole from beginning to end.

While there is no overt presentation of the gospel, there is certainly a lot of reference to Jesus as Protectorate and Watcher of souls - even a Shepherd.

While the conduit of the book is the bumpy adventures of Trille and Lena, the i
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Molly Grimmius
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was just the best and I will be singing its praise to all who will listen for many days to come. Originally published in Norwegian and set in Norway we follow the lives of Good Trille and the girl from next door. They are neighbors and friends that have all sorts of mishaps that are just so so funny but then the next moment you are bawling hard core as you reading to your children because it is just so sad. The grief and sadness are well written and just make it ever so believable. I j ...more
Anna
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-my-girls
I found Adventures With Waffles on a best books list (probably on Goodreads) and also saw that it is a Beehive Award nominee for 2018. Still, I didn’t know anything about it when we started reading - not even that the book was written in Norwegian and takes place in Norway. (It has been translated into twenty languages!)

We all adored this charming story of Lena and Trille, two best friends that are always up to the most entertaining mischief. A couple chapters had us all laughing so hard I almos
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Eric Hinkle
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitting perfectly into the legacy of amazing Scandinavian children’s lit, this book floored me. I cannot praise it enough. Anyone who knows a 9-year-old knows what a deep and complex age that is. These characters are wonderful, hilarious, and so sad. Riotous, amazing things happen, quiet and beautiful things happen, and tragic things happen. The sadness and loneliness is palpable when that happens, and the confused way these kids deal with the situations rings so true. And they overcome them in ...more
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Maria Parr is a writer and high-school teacher. Adventures with Waffles, her debut novel, has been translated into twenty languages and won several awards around the world. Maria Parr lives in Norway with her family.

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“Grandpa, I miss her dreadfully," I said in the end, starting to cry again.
Grandpa looked at me seriously and said that missing people is the best sad feeling there is.
"You see, Trille lad, if you're sad because you miss someone, then that means you care about that person. And caring about someone is the best thing there is. We carry the people we miss inside us." He put his hand to his chest with a thump.
"Oh..." I said, pulling my sleeve across my eyes. "But Grandpa, you can't play with people who are in there." I sighed, thumping my hand on my own chest.
Grandpa nodded heavily. He understood.”
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