Sody Salleratus

“This year’s Aubrey Davis adaptation is by far the finest…This Sody begs to be read over and over until its young audience can take up the performance on their own.”

Quill & Quire, Aug, 1996


Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel.  Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996.

A simple trip to the store for a box of sody salleratus (baking soda) turns into a disappearing act for a boy, girl, old man and old woman.  A little squirrel skippity skips down the road to find them. The simple plot, filled with lots of repetition and fun-to-repeat sounds, is perfect for reading aloud. Exuberant illustrations leap off the page, adding hilarious details that enhance this lively retelling of the traditional tale.


“Aubrey Davis’ story is finely written and humourous, but the combined illustration efforts of Alan and Lea Daniel boost this amusing tale into the realm of an instant classic.”

Canadian Book Review Annual, 1997.



Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, shortlist


Governor General’s Literary Award, shortlist, Children’s Literature, Illustration category, Canada Council for the Arts


Mr. Christie’s Book Award, shortlist, 7 years and under category