The House with Chicken Legs

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.

Connor, Surrey

Lovely to read

I found this book lovely to read and I enjoyed the house's sneaky personality, crooked edges and dusty shelves.

Danielle, London

Explore the world

This book is about a little girl called Marinka who wants to explore the world.

Maya, London

Lots of surprises

This is a wonderful book with lots of surprises.

Tana, London


I think this book would be great for people who like mythology.

James, Sussex

I clung to every word

I clung to every word that was printed before me, as this book was made to dazzle children.

Beulah, London

A wonderful book

This is a weird and wonderful book.

Lexie, Sussex

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.

Lexie, Sussex

About The Author

Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspired The House with Chicken Legs. Now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. She spends every spare minute reading, and loves to talk about books online, offline and to anyone else who will listen. Sophie’s dream is to create stories that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful diversity.