The House with Chicken Legs

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 All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can pla...

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Title:The House with Chicken Legs
Author:Sophie Anderson
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1474940668
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:337 pages pages

The House with Chicken Legs Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Dec 21, 2017
    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 S...
  • Vincent Ripley
    Feb 16, 2018
    Book review will be posted near publication on www.mrripleysenchantedbooks.com ...
  • Michelle Harrison
    Apr 30, 2018
    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 c...
  • Moon
    May 11, 2018
    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. ...
  • Kelly
    Apr 21, 2018
    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. Th...
  • Peter
    Nov 24, 2017
    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 Jackd...
  • Stella
    Jun 03, 2018
    A unique book containing a beautifully written & thought provoking story based on traditional tales. ...
  • Katy Noyes
    May 18, 2018
    Unexpected themes and characters - contemporary look at Russian fairytale staples. I just loved it. I really hope the themes don't stop parents from buying this for children, as it looks at death in a very child-centric way, with maturity and consideration. If you know the story ...
  • Laura Noakes
    May 05, 2018
    brimming with magic. ...
  • Steph
    Dec 26, 2017
    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 o...
  • Claire Fayers
    Sep 07, 2017
    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...
  • Angela Groves
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 mo...
  • Leilah Skelton
    Apr 18, 2018
    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...
  • Kiran Hargrave
    Nov 01, 2017
    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 f...
  • Catherine Doyle
    May 08, 2018
    A beautiful story, brimming with magic and imagination. ...
  • K.J. Mecklenfeld
    May 16, 2018
    You should buy this book by its cover. Wonderful, both :-) ...
  • A M
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 poi...
  • Ruzaika Deen
    Apr 30, 2018
    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...
  • Maia Moore
    Apr 20, 2018
    Original review posted here I 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 liv...
  • Jess Jackson
    Apr 21, 2018
    A brilliant take on the Babba Yaga fairytale. Trully spell- binding. ...
  • Layla
    Apr 22, 2018
    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-ye...
  • Yv
    May 21, 2018
    Sophie Anderson geeft ons een eigentijds verhaal wat gebaseerd is op de Slavische mythologie Baba Yaga en haar huis. Baba is de begeleidster van de doden. Ze woont in een huis wat kippenpoten heeft en eens in de zoveel tijd op zichzelf naar een andere plaats vertrekt, om daar een tijde...
  • Farah Cook
    Jun 05, 2018
    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 j...
  • Rei Libris
    Jun 15, 2018
    I really wanted to love this one. The synopsis was really interesting but sadly there is too much things that made me dislike it and I had a really hard time finishing it. First of all, it's been a long time I didn't loathe a main character that much. Marinka is twelve years old (even ...
  • Imogen White
    Jan 15, 2018
    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...
  • Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
    Jan 01, 2018
    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, ...
  • Mitch Johnson
    Jan 14, 2018
    A magical story that celebrates the wonders of travel, the joys of living well, and the (seldom explored) importance of death. ...
  • Amy at Golden Books Girl
    Apr 03, 2018
    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 esca...
  • Sarah
    May 04, 2018
    This book tells the story of a girl called Marinka who lives with her Grandmother in a house with chicken legs. The story explores Marinka's struggle with her apparent destiny to become a yaga, a spirit guide helping those who have died return back to the stars. As Marinka struggles to...
  • Matt Davies
    May 22, 2018
    Sometimes you begin to hear about books in the weeks leading up to their release. Others creep up on you and appear last minute. Then there are those which have been making noises for months and months. It was back in October that I first heard murmurs about Sophie Anderson?s debut T...