Book Review: Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, Kate Forrester, Guy Puzey

Adventures with Waffles is a children's chapter book written by Maria Parr, illustrated by Kate Forrester, and translated by Guy Puzey. Hardly a day passes without neighbors 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.

Adventures with Waffles is charming Norwegian import. Trille is a sweet boy with a nurturing spirit and a love from just about everything around him. Lena is a daring girl with no fear and no filter. she wants adventure and excitement regardless of the risks. With Lena's mother and Trille's extended family nearby the pair create all sort of trouble for their small town. I found myself alternating between laughing, cringing, and crying as the story unfolded. Life is a rollercoaster, and this book captured that cycle of ups and downs for these children and their family's pretty perfectly.

I will admit it. Adventures with Waffles made me cry. Oh, the feels. I laughed as Lena and Trille caused messes both literal and metaphoric as they struggled through a event filled year. This is a wonderful story that left me uplifted, but a little emotionally drained as well.

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