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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Barbro Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
Soda Pop and his family live amongst pine trees and firs in a house with different coloured rooms. Soda Pop loves bright orange clothes and wears a tea cosy on his head. He has to have the radio up loud otherwise it hurts his ears and it must be pop music or it makes his tummy ache. His son Mazarin eats sweet buns, reads comics and wanders about while Grandfather Dartanyong lives in a dilapidated woodshed from which he emerges every morning with a new identity and Great-grandfather thinks he’s a cuckoo. Behind the woodshed in a fancy rubbish heap lives a giraffe and there’s a group of tigers living in the barn. In this madcap environment anything goes!
Written in 1970, this Swedish classic by Barbro Lindgren, a major influence on Swedish children’s literature, is full of complete nonsense and craziness from start to finish. It’s reminiscent of the zany offbeat humour of Spike Milligan’s children’s stories and poems. Soda Pop’s family lead a carefree existence untroubled by the usual social norms and as Astrid Lindgren commented “there’s a sublime sort of craziness to it … Neither Soda Pop nor Mazarin nor Dartanyong speaks a single word of sense ….”
Freshly illustrated for this first English edition with zinging, comic and colourful artwork by upcoming Swedish illustrator Lisen Adbåge, it’s a story full of nonsensical fun that will really appeal to children.
Soda Pop has been made into a stop-motion animation series, a cartoon, a play (with a script by Ulf Stark), an opera and a comic book.