Everything on a Waffle – Newbery Honor book

March 20, 2011

This sentimental, yet sometimes humorous, tale of Primrose Squarp was a wonderful read.  Polly Horvath writes of Primrose, an 11-year-old girl dealing with the loss of her 2 parents.  Her father was out at sea when a typhoon arose and her mother left in her own sailboat to find him.  Primrose struggles with their loss and although her hometown hosts a memorial service for them, she refuses to attend, because she is certain that her parents are safe…somewhere…missing her. 

Primrose is taken under the wing of Kate Bowzer, the owner of The Girl on the Red Swing Restaurant where everything (really, everything) is served on a waffle.  Kate explains the significance of Primrose’s mother going out into the storm to look for her father.  She describes this as an act of true love, something that is very rare in this world. 

Primrose endures several unfortunate events throughout the book: losing a toe, undergoing scrutiny at school, and being placed in foster care.  Nevertheless, she never gives up the hope of her parents still being alive…somewhere, safe and sound.  One of my favorite parts of the book occurs when Primrose is walking along the beach with her “family” when a boat coasts by.  It is then that Primrose sees her parents again.

I can definitely understand why this book was selected to receive a Newbery Honor.  The entire book is full of vivid imagery, phenomonal detail, and a heart-warming story too!  The love between Primrose’s parents made me think of that of my own parents, which made me appreciate the book even more!

Here is a link to Polly Horvath’s website, which provides information about other books she has written:


Image obtained from http://www.barnesandnoble.com


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