Everything on a Waffle


180 pages
ISBN 0-88899-442-7
DDC jC813'.54





Susannah D. Ketchum, a former teacher-librarian at the Bishop Strachan
School in Toronto, serves on the Southern Ontario Library Services


Primrose Squarp’s parents have been lost at sea during a terrible
storm. Everyone in Coal Harbour, B.C., is convinced that Primrose is an
orphan, but the young girl knows, “deep in … [her] heart, for no
reason,” that her parents are alive. Feeling lonely, Primrose goes to
a local restaurant to eat, where everything is served on a
waffle—except the kindly owner’s advice.

Polly Horvath, whose other books include The Trolls and When the Circus
Came to Town, has a knack for creating characters who are outrageous,
but familiar. For example, we all know people like Miss Perfidy who
“[isn’t] one to waste time in idle chitchat” and often disappears
just as Polly is in the middle of a sentence, or like Miss Honey-cut,
the school guidance counselor who doesn’t “tell anecdotes because
she [is] interesting; she [tells] them because she [isn’t].”
Primrose, herself, is a quietly strong protagonist who displays
perseverance, loyalty, tolerance, and compassion; we cheer as she
manages to remain true to herself.

Horvath embroils her characters in a web of possible, but improbable,
events and, proving Aristotle wrong, creates an entirely believable
world, which the reader is loath to abandon at the end of the book.
Highly recommended.


Horvath, Polly., “Everything on a Waffle,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 27, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/21796.