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Title:
Adventures with waffles
Author:
Parr, Maria, 1981- author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Vaffelhjarte. English
Edition:
First U.S. edition 2015.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.

©2013
Physical Description:
232 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
"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..."--Publisher.
General Note:
Translation of: Vaffelhjarte.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763672812
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

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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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* When readers meet nine-year-old Trille and his best friend Lena, Lena is barely hanging onto the rope they have strung between their houses' second-floor windows, and Trille is frantically hauling his parents' mattress down the stairs and out to the yard to save her. It's a fitting introduction, since Lena races headlong into every crazy scheme they concoct, with Trille following close behind. Set in a tiny seaside community in Norway, the story contains other adventures, such as the duo's amusing attempt to re-create Noah's Ark with a rowboat and livestock. Although two events threaten to overwhelm Trille with a sense of loss, one ends well and, after the other, he finds comfort in family and friends. Trille's accessible first-person narrative shares both his adventures and his feelings, which run the gamut from terror to grief to elation. Parr creates a strong sense of the characters as individuals, especially Lena, Trille, and Trille's grandfather. For all its emotional resonance, the narrative is never soppy. In fact, humor plays a big part in this rewarding book. Published first in Norway and translated into 20 languages, this appealing chapter book has a distinctive setting, plenty of humor, and unusual emotional clarity.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This heartfelt and humorous debut novel comes to the U.S. having received award attention abroad and spawned a television show in the author's native Norway. Trille considers his classmate Lena his best friend ("There isn't really any such thing as an ordinary day when you've got a... friend like Lena"), but she's too free-spirited to think of their relationship in those terms. The episodic novel follows the friends as they make mischief together-playing Christmas music in June for money on the street, for example, or pretending they are spies while riding on Trille's grandfather's moped. "You and Lena never do the same thing twice," exclaims Trille's father after the busking incident. "You only come up with more insanity!" Trille and Lena's warm friendship recalls that of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi and Tommy, though Parr does engage in serious issues, too. Lena's hunt for a father (her mother is her only family) often has Trille considering his own close-knit family, and the loss of Trille's grandmother and his shared grief with his grandfather are tenderly and authentically treated. Forrester's handsome b&w silhouette-style images open each brief chapter. Ages 7-9. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-In Norway's Mathildewick Cove, nine-year-old Trille shares his large red house with his parents, three sisters, and grandfather. Trille spends most of his time with Lena, his best friend who lives next door. She is preoccupied looking for a dad. Trille's Auntie Granny comforts and congratulates her family with delicious homemade waffles. Trille and Lena get into some harrowing situations when they save a horse from a burning barn and play Noah's Ark on an uncle's boat. Other antics are laugh-out-loud funny as when they ferry into town on a hot summer day and play a Christmas song on their recorders to earn money for a soccer ball. Actor Luke Daniels successfully creates voices for all the characters, especially Trille's loyal and sensitive first-person narrative. VERDICT Children and parents will enjoy listening to this story of a childhood with time for exploration and make believe.-Mary Lee Bulat, Harwinton Public Library, CT © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.