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
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction

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.
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Not exactly what I was expecting but this was a beautiful take on Baba Yaga, it got me right in the feels! RTC
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    5 out of 10 Can't say it's a bad story. No. Just not really my thing. I guess I like my middle grade books to be horrors or detectives rather than fairy tales stuffed with morals. Interesting point of view at Baba Yaga, though.
  • 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...
  • Acqua
    The House With Chicken Legs is a middle grade fantasy book following Marinka, a girl whose house has chicken legs and never settles down, making it impossible for her to have real, living, human friends. But Marinka has an important role: she is Baba Yaga's nephew, and she must learn to help the dead pass the Gate in her chicken-legged house.I picked up this book because it offers a really interesting twist on Baba Yaga's fairytale, and I wasn't ...
  • 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...
  • Catherine Doyle
    A beautiful story, brimming with magic and imagination.
  • Karen Mace
    What an utterly gorgeous book - inside and out! I devoured this magical story of Marinka and her quest to be normal - very difficult in the world she lives in!This is a re-telling of the Baba Yaga folk tale with its' own unique twists, and it's a book I could imagine making the perfect Studio Ghibli film as the premise of a house that can move around at will and has feelings , whilst the Baba Yaga is there to help those who have passed on make it...
  • Farah Cook
    A delightful little read for those who crave something different.I loved this book and Marinka’s character, who is the female protagonist. The story is a consuming narrative about Marinka and her duty as the next guardian, or a “Yaga” that is meant to show the dead the journey to the stars. Her role is to make sure the Gate where the dead go through is open and that they pass through it to get to the other side via a special ceremony she p...
  • Moon
    Absolutely adored this book, it jsut got me with Marinka and Baba and the whole Yaga house. The house is a great character on its own, and I was so happy to read this.
  • Ruzaika
    Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.Another version of this review can be found @ The Regal Critiques.The House With Chicken Legs is a Baba Yaga retelling, and if you're familiar with the original story you know pretty much what to expect, right? Wrong. Sophie Anderson takes this age-old Russian Folklore and spins a fantastic story with an entirely different vibe to it and it's hard to resist. We start with Marink...
  • 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...
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    A fantastical, adorable middle-grade with a unique world and perfectly flawed characters. I especially enjoyed how a bird, a sheep, and a house managed to steal my heart and pick up my mood. This is a perfect weekend read, and is a great book for kids to dive into if they want to get a taste for fantasy.
  • Shari (colourmeread)
    The House with Chicken Legs is the perfect book if you’re in the mood for something whimsical and heartwarming. It’s the story of Marinka, a 12 yr old girl destined to be something she never wanted to be. Marinka doesn’t know what it’s like to be a kid with friends you play with because she lives in a house with chicken legs that without warning, stands up and leaves where they’ve been living.Marinka is one of those characters you can...
  • K.J. Mecklenfeld
    You should buy this book by its cover. Wonderful, both :-)
  • Laura Noakes
    brimming with magic.
  • 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...
  • 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 :))))
  • 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...
  • April
    Incredibly enjoyable! Marinka is 12 and she lives with her grandma (Baba) who is a Yaga: guardian of and guide to souls needing the gateway to the land of the dead. Each night, a new batch of dead show up at their chicken legged house to party and share their memories with the Yaga and then make their way to the gateway before dawn. After a time, the house gets up and walks away to somewhere new. Marinka is sick of it. The dead, the lack of stabi...
  • 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 ...
  • 16KiteM
    I think this book was really good and it had an interesting fantasy storyline. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes books that are out of the ordinary and not real life. Near the end it was a bit sad, but i think that made it better. My favourite character was the Old Yaga, because she is really helpful and kind.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Jess Jackson
    A brilliant take on the Babba Yaga fairytale. Trully spell- binding.
  • Stephen Connor
    Based on the Slavic folk tale of Baba Yaga, this story turns tradition on its head: Baba Yaga has always been painted as a witch, an evil character plotting and magicking against others. Here, we see Baba Yaga as a loving grandmother to Marinka.Marinka assists her grandmother as she sends the dead through The Gate, from one world to the next; however, Marinka's frustration with her repetitive life, and inability to make lasting, meaningful friend...
  • 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!
  • 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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