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Evie, St Augustines Catholic College

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs is a fantasy book surrounding Russian culture, including Yagas, a gateway to the stars and one stubborn girl named Marinka.
The book follows the story of young Marinka who has lived with the same grandmother and the same house all her life, except that her grandmother is no ordinary woman; she is known as Baba Yaga and is perceived as a repulsive witch to humans but a graceful spirit guide to the dead. As well as this, her house is no ordinary house; in the day it stands still as any domestic home, but, at night it stands tall and powerful on its giant chicken legs. To us, this lifestyle may seem anything but boring as Marinka wakes up somewhere different every day, whether it be deserts or ice lands, but to Marinka, she longs for normality; she longs for a normal grandmother, a normal house and a normal life. She despises the thought of inheriting her grandmother's role in guiding the dead to the stars and instead wishes for friends and familiar companionship. She wants nothing more than to change her fate, but how far will she go?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I experienced how well you became attached to Marinka and the bond between her and her grandmother, it warmly reminded me of family and how far they will go only to see you smile just as how the house wants nothing more than Marinka's happiness in return for its hard-working efforts. The characters became more independent as the book continued, especially as Marinka decides to make her own rules and Baba learns to let go and we begin to see Marinka's true colours as she learns to accept her fate and matures throughout her mischievous adventures.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a light-hearted fantasy to begin an adventure with.

Posted on: 5th June 2019 at 08:40 am

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