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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

by Polly Horvath

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Everything on a Waffle is an amazing book. I loved this book for two reasons. First, the characters in this book were fantastic. For example, the main character, Primrose is a highly-intelligent (both intellectually and emotionally) middle schooler who has a satirical view of the world. She is bombarded with other over the top characters, such as a vain guidance counselor, an irresponsible jokster of an uncle, an old lady who is obsessed with mothballs, and a sarcastic restaurant owner who puts all her food on a waffle. It was a joy getting to know all these characters and watching them interact. The author ties the overall plot together by adding in occasional recipes that relate to the story in some way.

Second, the writing in this book really captured my attention. For example, the author writes, "I have hair the color of carrots in an apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms." I loved how the prose were written in first person, and they are both child-like and poetic at the same time. The characters descriptions of both herself, the people around her, and the setting give incites into her character.
Ultimately, the overall message of this book is to trust your gut and never lose hope. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 30, 2016 |
After a little girls parents are killed Primrose ends up an orphan before going to live with an uncle. Its not until her uncle takes her to a restaurant where everything is served on a waffle that she starts to feel at home with her uncle.

Classroom Activities:
1. I would have the students drawn a picture of anything and everything they would stack on a waffle.
2 We would play a stacking game and see which student could stack the most things on each other.
  AshleyTaylor1 | Apr 25, 2016 |
Primrose Squarp’s parents have disappeared at sea but despite what everyone else in Coal Harbour, BC, believes, Primrose absolutely believes that her parents will return, to the dismay of the adults concerned with her welfare. As she waits for her parents to return, Primrose is sent to live with Miss Perfidy until her Uncle Jack arrives in town to take care of her. Primrose counts on Miss Bowzer, her uncle and assorted folks such as Evie and Bert while maintaining her practical sense of humor and unshakable faith in her parents’ return. Includes real recipes such as “The Best Way to Make Asparagus” and “Sheperd’s Pie.”
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Every Thing on a Waffle By Polly Horvath

This is a great life story book about Primrose!

This is a fictional book

I chose this book because it was about waffles and and a girl. This girl’s parents died in a storm and she goes to live with her uncle. Then she has to go to her foster parent house and they give her back to her uncle in coal harbor. This is a small little town by the ocean. The girl’s name is Primrose. I liked this book because it had a lot of cool recipes to follow. I did not like this book because it changed the idea to quickly. You should definitely read this book I enjoyed it. ( )
  TuckerDuke | Dec 15, 2015 |
after Primrose's parents are killed in a horrible storm, she becomes a orphan for the time-being. she is adopted by her uncle and she slowly starts to feel at home. it's not until he takes her to a restaurant where everything is served on a waffle. Primrose feels right at home and enjoys herself.
  taylortrost | Dec 2, 2015 |
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In the small Canadian town of Coal Harbour, in a quaint restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle--lasagna, fish, you name it. Even waffles! Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp loves this homey place, especially its owner, Kate Bowzer, who takes her under her wing, teaches her how to cook, and doesn't patronize or chastise her, even when she puts her guinea pig too close to the oven and it catches fire. Primrose can use a little extra attention. Her parents were lost at sea, and everyone but her thinks they are dead. Her Uncle Jack, who kindly takes her in, is perfectly nice, but doesn't have much time on his hands. Miss Perfidy, her paid babysitter-guardian, smells like mothballs and really doesn't like children, and her school guidance counselor, Miss Honeycut, an uppity British woman of the world, is too caught up in her own long-winded stories to be any kind of confidante. Nobody knows what exactly to think of young Primrose, and Primrose doesn't quite know what to make of her small community, either.

She entertains herself in a variety of ways--mostly by wryly observing those around her with wisdom, compassion, and slightly cynical humor that belie her years. She also sits on the dock and waits for her parents to get back, goes to the store and tells the grocer the cottage cheese has expired (not appreciated), and writes recipes that her mother taught her in a memo pad. About Caramel Apples, she writes: "Do not muck around with chocolate or nuts or anything else fancy that may tempt you. It will only gum up the works. Sometimes you get tempted to make something wonderful even better, but in doing so you lose what was so wonderful to begin with." Everything on a Waffle is ultimately a folksy, Garrison Keillor-style take on small-town life, spiced with sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant anecdotes about the quirks and adventures of individual townspeople as seen through Primrose's wise eyes. It's a quiet, but very funny book, infused with the hope of a girl who knows in her heart that there are things that science, and even the uppity Miss Honeycut, can't explain. We first were introduced to author Polly Horvath with her National Book Award finalist, The Trolls, which you absolutely have to read if you haven't already! (Ages 9 to 13) --Karin Snelson

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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.

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