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The House with Chicken Legs

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,788 ratings  ·  349 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
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Scholastic (first published April 5th 2018)
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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 movi
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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
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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!

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.
Jade Ratley
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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.
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 (MrEPrimary)
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Mace
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire Fayers
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Imogen White
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story, brimming with magic and imagination.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 stability meaning she’s never in one place long enough ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
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 spellbinding story filled with warmth and spun from gossame ...more
Giulia Capacchietti
Marinka, ragazzina tredicenne, vive con la nonna, Baba, in una casa con le zampe di gallina, capace di muoversi e di andare in qualunque posto si abbia bisogno di Baba. Perchè la dolcissima nonnina è una Yaga, una guardiana del cancello, quello che permette alle anime dei morti di staccarsi dalla terra e andare nell'aldilà.
Marinka, che sarà una futura Yaga, non riesce ad accettare il suo destino. Non vuole solo relazionarsi con i morti, ma vuole parlare anche con i vivi, avere degli amici come t
K.J. Mecklenfeld
You should buy this book by its cover. Wonderful, both :-)
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
Laura Noakes
brimming with magic.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this. A truly unique story (which feels like a rarity) and was never predictable. Beautiful book!
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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 inspired The House with Chicken Legs.

Born in Swansea but now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. Her dream is to create stories that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful di
“And I love the idea that one day, completely out of the blue, someone or something could come hurtling down from the sky and change my life, for ever.” 0 likes
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