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Tabitha, St Helen and St Katharine

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs is based around the myth of Baba Yaga, a Russian fairy tale character, except with a twist. In most stories about Baba Yaga, she is depicted as an evil witch, but in The House with Chicken Legs, she is a kind-hearted old woman, who travels around in her house on chicken legs, with her granddaughter, Marinka, and her crow, Jack, guiding all the dead spirits who come to her. Because Marinka’s house is constantly moving, she can never make friendships that last, and is where the story starts- Marinka’s wish for a proper friend.
The plot was well-constructed, and the author seemed in control. The events were believable within the limits set by the subject of the book, but -as the reader- I learned more about what was normal in that world as it went on, as the main character does too. I felt like I knew how the book would end, as Marinka’s goal was clear. I was not completely correct about the ending, although my prediction was similar.
There are not many characters in The House with Chicken Legs, which is part of the reason for Marinka’s desire for friends. There was a strong sense of betrayal at some points in the book, which led to hatred towards some characters. I found that I did not like Marinka very much, as I disagreed with many of her actions and choices, and the way she treated Baba Yaga. However, I often felt very sorry for her, when she is misled by some characters, and is forced leave others.
The author’s style was appropriate for the theme of the book, as she successfully created sad moments and the feeling of betrayal. Although Marinka does not have many people to talk to, there is a balance of dialogue and narrative. The book was written in the present tense and the style was quite descriptive.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this book, although much of it was very sad, and I disagreed with the main character. Overall, I would rate this book eight out of ten.

Posted on: 9th May 2019 at 02:05 pm

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