Created: 16th October, 2018

The House with Chicken Legs

Author: Sophie Anderson
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Usborne

Marinka lives with her grandmother, a Yaga whose vocation is to guide the dead through The Gate from where they float off to the stars. Baba believes that her granddaughter will inherit her role as Guardian but Marinka longs to make friends with the living and is frustrated because, as soon as she gets to know someone, their house rises up on chicken legs and moves to another location. When Baba herself goes through The Gate, what will Marinka do?

This novel is steeped in Slavic folklore. Explore this further in James Mayhew's Koshka's Tales: Tales from Russia (9781913134457, Graffeg £12.99) and A. N. Afanas’ev's Russian Fairy Tales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library, 9780394730905, Pantheon £16.50). Find out more about Baba Yaga stories here.

Related fiction: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (9781848126473, Piccadilly £6.99) and the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett including A Hat Full of Sky (9780552576314, Corgi £7.99) and for older readers the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden which begins with The Bear and the Nightingale (9781785031052, Del Rey £9.99).

Also by Sophie Anderson: The Girl Who Speaks Bear (9781474940672, Usborne £6.99) and The Castle of Tangled Magic (9781474978491, Usborne £7.99).


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