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The House with Chicken Legs

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,934 ratings  ·  731 reviews
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
Paperback, 337 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Usborne Publishing
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When your tbr list is longer than your time on earth, you rarely pick up books just because, but in this case I was at the bookstore, I saw the cover, remembered I saw high ratings for this one and I picked it up. I was not disappointed.

This is a children book, and it reads like that; but it's a good children book, and I am glad I have it so I will read it to my kids some day. I have a thing for stories that have to do with the dead, and here in Latvia we are very familiar with russian culture
The possibilities are as endless as the stars.

Like many girls in folk and fairy tales, twelve-year-old Marinka lives in a small house with her grandmother. Marinka's granny, however, is a Yaga, a facilitator who helps the dead pass through the Gate and return to the stars. And, she's training Marinka to be one, too. Every day Marinka tends the bone fence that keeps the living, and every night she lights the skulls to lure the dead to the house where they enjoy their final reception before mo
I have always very much enjoyed the Russian (and indeed also pan-Slavic) folktales of Baba Yaga (and the fact that she is such an ambivalent character, containing elements of the mother goddess as both a positive and a negative, as someone who can be both a help and a hinderance and is actually often the guide to the afterlife). And yes, when I read the book description for Sophie Anderson's Middle Grade novel The House With Chicken Legs and realised that her story of Marinka and her Baba (Yaga) ...more
Jules ✨
This was so so so good. If you love russian folklore mixed with that dark witchy atmosphere this is the perfect book for you. I absolutely devoured this book, i couldn't stop reading about it. Baba Yaga always captured me so obviously when I saw this book I immediately added it to my tbr. I am so happy the Yaga part was so present, it was fascinating.

It tackled light and dark themes so well, always in a respectful and really well researched way. You can see the author actually went deeper and I
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
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.

Jade Ratley
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The House With Chicken Legs was recommended to me as a book that would be just my type, and it hit that mark spot on, it really was just my type. In case you don’t know this, I am really into Russian folklore inspired stories, there’s something about it that just tickles my fancy (and as I read this as part of the Charms Extra Credit Magical Readathon for Rictusempra, a book that tickles you the right way, it fit the bill perfectly).

This book is a middle grade fantasy retelling of the tale of B
Olivia (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.
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!

Michelle Harrison
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 letting go. I found myself moved to tears several t
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.
HP Saucerer
‪A beautifully written, heartwarming tale of love, hope, courage and grief. Joyous, uplifting and thought-provoking - a modern classic.
Caridee Chau
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sweet and adventurous fantasy fiction story. This book is about a girl named Marinka, whose dreams and aspirations are bound by the fact that she is of magical ancestry and is forbidden to ever speak to a human or interact with them. She isn't allowed to step outside the skeleton fence which she labours hard to rebuild every few days because it keeps humans from wandering within the boundaries of magical houses like Marinka's. Although these are limitations, Marinka doesn't stop t ...more
Ararita (Okretačica stranica)
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely and easy to read story about Baba Jaga and Marinka.

This is a story about Marinka whose destiny is to become a Jaga. But she is only 12 years old and all she wants is a normal life.

Soon she'll have to choose between being a Jaga and being a little girl. At first she knows what she wants, but soon enough she learns that nothing in life is easy.

Both children and adults will enjoy reading this little gem filled with Slavic mythology.

Can't wait to read Anderson's next book!
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 disappointed by that aspect. Baba Yaga is not a te
Scott Evans (The Reader Teacher/MrEPrimary)
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Perfect for Year 5, 6 & 7.
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 choose to not read a book called ‘The House with Chicken
Ever since reading about Baba Yaga in one of Andrew Lang’s collections, I have always had a fascination with the witch with iron claws who flies around in a pestle and mortar. What Sophie Anderson brings, having been inspired by her grandmother’s fairy tales, is something different.
Our first meeting of our protagonist, Marinka, is one which finds crafting a fence of human bones. Why? So that the dead can find their way to her. Marinka is the granddaughter of Baba Yaga and a Yaga’s role is to gu
Karen Mace
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 safely through the gates.

But Marinka wants more f
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and how appropriate to finish it during folktale week! I really looked forward to finding the whimsical illustrations of the house throughout and loved both them and the general concept of the house so much that I digitally drew my own version of it. The story is wonderfully and weirdly magical, as one would expect from the title, and is so exciting and interesting because of that. But also, what adds great depth to main character Marinka is that so much ...more
Jul 08, 2020 added it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
DNF'ed @ pg 180ish

Not bad, but maybe I wasn't in the mood for it
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Marinka fed up of her nomadic life. She's had it with de
Farah Cook
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 prepares for with her grandmother. The house with Chicken
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an endearing heroine. Very flawed, but as she's 12, we love her anyway, and ache for her through her struggles. Immersive and visual story-telling... I was too engaged to pay attention to how the author did it, but somehow she made me feel like I was there with Marinka, smelling and tasting all that Russian food, feeling desert heat or the salt spray, hearing the jackdaw's cries and murmurs. Strong honest themes, too. And just look at that house (on the hardcover edition) - animators would ...more
Claire Fayers
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 right amount of description to bring characters an
Jeremy Libris
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this one. The synopsis was really interesting but sadly too much things 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 thirteen in the middle of the book if I remember correctly) but she acts like she is seven. She is selfish, so naive at some point we can say it's stupidity. Marinka is the cause of almost every bad thing happening in this book ...more
Imogen White
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 :))))
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Catherine Doyle
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story, brimming with magic and imagination.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
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 warning. The only people Marinka meets are dead, and th
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’t help but relate to. She dreams of a life for herself where
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Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspires Sophie's novels.

Born in Swansea but now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie enjoys the freedom of homeschooling her four children, fell-walking and daydreaming.

Sophie's bestselling novels have been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

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