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Adventures With Waffles
Contributor(s): Parr, Maria, Puzey, Guy (Translator), Forrester, Kate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763672815     ISBN-13: 9780763672812
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: May 2015
Annotation: Young Trille struggles with the fear that nothing will ever be right again when his best friend moves and his waffle-making Auntie Granny passes away.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2015018728
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.65 lbs) 232 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 174050
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66082
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
Narrator Trille's best friend is next-door neighbor Lena, almost nine, fearless, and hilariously blunt. Their small, contemporary Norwegian community provides all the adventure they need, from reenacting Noah's ark on Uncle Tor's fishing boat (mayhem ensues) to quieter adventures such as advertising for a dad for Lena. The novel is episodic but strongly plotted, with changes in the families' lives woven into Trille's small-scope story.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #3)
Young narrator Trille's best friend is his next-door neighbor, Lena, almost nine, perhaps best described as a more-realistic Pippi Longstocking. Fierce, fearless, daring, hilariously blunt; she "eats like a horse and looks like a bicycle," says Trille's grandpa. The timider Trille wishes he knew whether he was Lena's best friend as well, but he doesn't dare ask. With Lena's penchant for thrill-seeking, their small close-knit community of Mathildewick Cove provides all the adventure they need, whether they are attempting to reenact Noah's ark on Uncle Tor's fishing boat (mayhem ensues), playing pirates (Lena's impersonation of a ship's figurehead results in a minor concussion, one of many), or joining in the family's annual sheep roundup (Lena gets stuck on a ledge and has to be rescued by a helicopter). There are quieter adventures as well, such as when they start a retirement home for slaughterhouse-bound horses or advertise for a dad for Lena ("Must be nice and like boiled cabbage"). The novel is episodic but strongly plotted, with larger changes in the lives of the families woven into Trille's smaller-scope story. Set in contemporary Norway, the story takes place over one year, book-ended by two Midsummer's Eve celebrations that poignantly encapsulate all the changes, happy and sad. Readers will not be surprised that in the end Trille finds his own voice, and the courage to finally ask the crucial best-friend question; readers, of course, will already know the answer. martha v. parravan Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 March #3)

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)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 March)

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

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