The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The House with Chicken Legs

All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with. But that's tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It's even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Eve...

Details The House with Chicken Legs

TitleThe House with Chicken Legs
Release DateApr 5th, 2018
PublisherUsborne Publishing
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviews The House with Chicken Legs

  • Stephanie
    Ohhhh. This book is brimming with real magic and wonder and beauty and heart, and I loved it SO MUCH. Marinka's aching loneliness broke my heart in the beginning, but reading to the perfect ending filled me up with joy. SUCH a wonderful MG fantasy novel! I can't wait to read whatever Sophie Anderson writes next.
  • Kiran Hargrave
    I'll admit I was predisposed to liking this - got excited by the mere announcement of a Baba Yaga retelling! But with this excitement came high expectations, and thankfully they were not disappointed.A bold and beautifully-built adventure, Anderson’s storytelling transported me from the very first chapter. Like the magic between its pages, The House With Chicken Legs is enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities. Can't b...
  • Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
    A little while back, I was scrolling through my feed on Twitter looking for books coming out in 2018 and the one that I kept returning to was this one, The House with Chicken Legs. Was it the sight of the cover, the talk of the plot or the glowing reviews from Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, Peter Bunzl and Claire Fayers that kept making me come back? OK, I’ll admit it. It was all of these things but most of all, it was the title.1. How could you choo...
  • Claire Fayers
    I was very excited to receive an early copy of this book. I love folktale retellings and Baba Yaga is a favourite of mine.And, wow, this book is wonderful. It's a very different take on the Baba Yaga story, borrowing the traditional elements and weaving them into something entirely new and unexpected. The writing is gorgeous. It feels completely effortless to read (which is very difficult to achieve), verging on poetic at times, with exactly the ...
  • Layla
    Huge thanks to Usborne for sending me both and proof and a finished copy of this book. It was a true beauty to read, but made even more special with the illustrations woven through the pages. I raced through this book, almost as fast as a house with chicken legs can run! Twelve-year-old Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warn...
  • Michelle Harrison
    A beautifully written, timeless and moving tale with a fairy tale feel. I especially loved the characterful house and Jack, the jackdaw. Anderson’s love of Slavic folklore and her own heritage shines through on every page. The book itself is also a joy to behold, with its beautiful cover and interior illustrations to set the mood.This is a story which focuses on the importance of shaping our own futures and cherishing life, as well as grief and...
  • Maia Moore
    Original review posted hereI was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the author, so big thanks to you, Sophie 🙂 I’ve been excited about this coming out since she told me about it and I am so delighted with the finished book.Marinka has spent her whole life living with her grandmother, Baba Yaga, in their house with chicken legs, moving from place to place, guiding the dead and never making friends with the living. Marinka doesn...
  • Leilah Skelton
    This is an incredible and deeply effecting tale, whisked along at pace by an actual house with actual chicken legs. Sounds magical, right? Well it is. Breathtakingly so.A retelling of the Baba Yaga Russian folk tale, The House with Chicken Legs takes its reader on a journey between the worlds of the living and the dead, across the globe, and even to the very stars. The characters that we meet are living and dead (though never scarily so), animal ...
  • Angela Groves
    Death, the film Coco built a whole film around the idea that death should be treated as a celebration of a life well lived. This does that for the book world. The idea that the dead tell their stories at parties so they can take with them what in their life was important before they move on and finish the cycle is just wonderful. The thing is, that isn't the main message of the book, it is also about finding your place in the world, responsibilit...
  • Steph
    A truly magical tale of love, belonging, fighting and finding your destiny. I absolutely adored Marinka’s adventure and her world. I’m so sad to say goodbye to this thoughtful, stubborn, brave young girl; her amazing house (yes, it does have legs) and her clever pet Jack. This is one to watch next year!
  • Jess Jackson
    A brilliant take on the Babba Yaga fairytale. Trully spell- binding.
  • Imogen White
    Oh. My. Goodness! What a spectacular debut! It oozes with magic and charm, and is so, SO beautifully written. This has all the markings of an MG classic. The ending is so joyous and satisfying. I wholeheartedly recommend this incredible book for any child or adult who hasn't lost their sense of adventure! Just wonderful :))))
  • Mitch Johnson
    A magical story that celebrates the wonders of travel, the joys of living well, and the (seldom explored) importance of death.
  • Vincent Ripley
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  • Peter
    Like its heroine, Marinka, the story is generous, quiet and thoughtful. And the world of the Yaga is imaginatively realized and filled with quirk and humour. Beautifully written and packed with unique visual detail, I think it would make a fantastic animation, especially Jack the Jackdaw, with his hoarding and harrumphing, and the chicken-legged house, with its awkward, gangly long-legged movements and prickly but lovable personality. A spellbind...
  • Amy at Golden Books Girl
    In her enchanting debut novel, a reimagining of the Russian Baba Yaga folk tale, Sophie Anderson tells the story of Marinka, who lives in a house with chicken legs with her grandmother Baba Yaga and is destined to become a Guardian and guide the dead through the Gate, but wants to escape that fate and live a normal life. This premise was so original, and I`m not sure whether this is only as I don`t know the folk tale, but some of the revelations ...
  • Kelly
    This was a truly wonderful book with themes of grief, faith and friendship. I found Marinka to be such a strong character with a fierce determination of spirit. Her conviction that things could be different was admirable and her loyalty to and love of Baba just shone off every page. The writing was fantastic and the descriptions of Baba guiding the dead were just beautiful and the character of the house came across as so loving, fun and quirky.I ...
  • A M
    I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this book and was not disappointed! The rich storytelling and beautifully imagined world building kept me enthralled right to the end. The themes of life and death are dealt with delicately and the book ends with the perfect balance of poignancy and hope. I cannot wait to see what Sophie writes next!
  • Katie Fellows
    A fantastic take on the legend of Baba Yaga, thoroughly enjoyable and well written!
  • Helen Corcoran
    If you'd told me I'd get attached to an animate house....
  • LovelyOwlsBooks
    4.5 - This is such a sweet and sad story. I really liked it. Full review to come soon.
  • Jaynie.Hufflepuff
    Although it’s rainy today instead of more sunny spring like weather, I’ve just finished reading ‘The House With Chicken Legs’ by Sophie Anderson and it was a lovely cosy way to finish the book :) A wonderful story and one quite honestly different from any other I’ve read. Swirling with magic, the living and the dead; it’s as mysterious and beautiful as the night sky that’s explored throughout the pages of this book. A new take on a ...
  • Jessica
    Marinka has tired to the nomadic life she lives with her Baba Yaga and their magical house with chicken legs, helping to usher the dead into the afterlife. She longs for a friend, but the only people she meets are already dead. When Baba disappears it's up to Marinka to find her, and save the magic of the house.Marinka has a frustrating journey ahead of her and must confront some difficult truths in order to find her new place in the world. Help ...
  • Just_me
    My daughter says sent this book to read and review and I couldn't resist reading it too. This is a beautiful book, it's very sad in places though and my daughter struggled with this but I loved it.