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Lakhi, St Catherines Catholic School

The House with Chicken Legs

Marinka and her grandmother live a nomadic life in a magical house who walks and even runs around with its chicken legs. Marinka must fix the creepy human-bone-made fence around the house almost every day and meets with mostly only the dead, whom she is quite tired of. Marinka wants a normal life and normal friends, but that is near impossible when she is destined (and home schooled) to be the next Guardian.

Loosely based on the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga, Marinka's story is magical, enticing and very interesting to read about. Sophie Anderson's skilful storytelling keeps all sorts of readers gripped, especially children around the ages of 10-12. I liked the way the story moves seamlessly through different settings, mixing the old world with the new, in a way that makes an ancient tale seem fresh. Anderson has cleverly made the story quite relatable to the audience (today's children) by including Marinka dealing with things such as bullying, bereavement and taking control of her future.

This book also covers the tabooed talks of what is to be dead and alive, which I think is quite important for children like us to know about. I noticed that Anderson’s use of imagery in this book is absolutely phenomenal; really helps the reader’s eye to see the stunning worlds of magic and adventure. Also, I feel that a wide range of vocabulary is essential to see in children’s books because children can learn these words’ meanings super easily by reading them in the correct context.
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars -it’s definitely my type of book and was so well written- and I am really looking forward to reading Sophie Anderson’s next book!

Posted on: 9th June 2019 at 03:34 pm

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