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Lindgren, Barbro: Translated by Sandra Death: Soda Pop

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Lindgren, Barbro: Translated by Sandra Death: Soda Pop

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Lindgren, Barbro

Translated by Sandra Death

Soda Pop

Illustrated by Lisen Adbage

Gecko Press, 2017, pp200, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 776570 11 9

First published in 1970, in Sweden, this is a collection of short stories which are both quirky and very appealing.

Mazarin lives with his father Soda Pop, his grandfather Dartanyong and his great grandfather, who thinks he is a cuckoo, and lives in a tree. Mazarin is by far the most sensible but goes along happily with the decisions made by his father, and allows Soda Pop to win all their games. They are both very patient and kind to Dartanyong who is a hypochondriac and also creates himself a new identity every day. They share their home with a selection of animals, and many of the adventures involve the animals and there is also a cast of slightly awkward characters who come and go--Gustav the thief, the grumpy old man and a kindly hotdog seller. …

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