The House with Chicken Legs
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. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is a middle grade fantasy retelling of the tale of ...more
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!
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.
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 ...more
1. How could you choose to not read a book called ‘The House with Chicken ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 forwith her grandmother. The house with Chicken ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Marinka is one of those characters you can’t help but relate to. She dreams of a life for herself where ...more
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 ...more