A bold and beautifully-built adventure…Enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, British Book Award Children’s Book of the Year winning author
A story about finding your own destiny, even when your future seems written in the stars.
Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. She faces a lonely destiny as a Guardian of The Gate between the living and the land of the stars. The only people she meets are dead; they disappear when her grandmother Baba Yaga guides them, with warmth and kindness, in a nightly ceremony, acting as a kind of midwife of death. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas.
The House with Chicken Legs deals with the eternal themes of life, death, loneliness, love and betrayal in a refreshing, comforting and positive way. With lyrical story-telling, Sophie Anderson has created a deliciously macabre world that will appeal to fans of Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Katherine Rundell, Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman.
Join Marinka on a journey across the globe, between this world and the next, and to places you could hardly dream of in this magical reimagining of the Russian folktale of Baba Yaga.
You won’t look back
The House with Chicken Legs is very sad but also a gripping read. Be prepared for an emotional journey and you won't look back.
Lovely to read
I found this book lovely to read and I enjoyed the house's sneaky personality, crooked edges and dusty shelves.
Explore the world
This book is about a little girl called Marinka who wants to explore the world.
Lots of surprises
This is a wonderful book with lots of surprises.
I think this book would be great for people who like mythology.
I clung to every word
I clung to every word that was printed before me, as this book was made to dazzle children.
A wonderful book
This is a weird and wonderful book.
Don’t be something that you’re not
The message in this story, for me, is don't be something that you're not, or it could lead to something bad.