Adventures with Waffles

Adventures with Waffles
By Maria Parr

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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 an injury—to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #285809 in Books
  • Brand: Maria Parr
  • Published on: 2015-05-12
  • Released on: 2015-05-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.31" h x .83" w x 5.31" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 240 pages


  • Adventures with Waffles

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this delightful Norwegian import, two friends, a boy nicknamed Trille and his best friend, Lena, get into some hair-raising, frequently hilarious, and, sometimes, injury-inducing escapades over the course of a year. Narrated by Trille in a realistically childlike, first-person voice, the novel is fresh and fast-paced. While readers will chuckle at the friends' adventures—and marvel at their chutzpah—their mouths will also water at the frequency with which waffles, clearly a popular Norwegian treat, figure into the story. Children will relate to Trille's anxiety about whether he is Lena's best pal, a worry extinguished in a final, harrowing episode that, fortunately, ends well. Silhouettes, featured on the charming cover, also highlight chapter openings and provide a cozy, friendly feel. Readers may occasionally be put off by Lena's portrayal as too proud, stubborn, and reckless for her own good, but they'll appreciate her resourcefulness and strength of character anyway. Purchasers should note some religious overtones and Christian references. VERDICT Recommended for public and school libraries, this will be useful as supplementary material in units about day-to-day life in another country.—Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY

For all its emotional resonance, the narrative is never soppy ... this appealing chapter book has a distinctive setting, plenty of humor, and unusual emotional clarity.
—Booklist (starred review)

With simply rendered illustrations that zero in on key elements of the story, Forrester extends the charm of this tale.Filled with both rollicking escapades and poignant moments, Parr's notable tale portrays a young boy's heartfelt appreciation of family and friends.
—Kirkus Reviews

Recommended for public and school libraries, this will be useful as supplementary material in units about day-to-day life in another country.
—School Library Journal

Heartfelt and humorous.
—Publishers Weekly

Strongly plotted, with larger changes in the lives of the families woven into Trille’s smaller-scope story.
—The Horn Book

About the Author
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.

Guy Puzey began translating Norwegian literature after studying the language at the University of Edinburgh and now works at the university as a researcher and teacher.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Delightful and charming
By Jenny Z.
Adventures with Waffles ranks one ranks highly as one of the most delightful middle grade books I've ever read, and definitely the best that I've read in a long time. 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.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Best new children's book I read this year
By Islander
I love reading books with my children that are not only fun to read, but also give them a glimpse of another culture. "Adventures with Waffles" is definitely this year's favorite.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Adventures with waffles
By Contagioncat
This is a great book it is a good book for kids and I loved this book!Totally worth my money.

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