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Charlotte, St Augustines Catholic College

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson is a novel based around the Russian fairy tale of Baba Yaga; the folklore is traditionally about a terrifying witch who eats children. However, this novel was not the typical interpretation of the Russian legend. This story is good from the perspective of the young witch who is to become a Baba, a Guardian of the Gate; she lives with her grandmother in a house with chicken legs hence the name. I thought that this book was dynamic, interesting and imaginative. The quality of writing was incredible and the characters were richly intertwined with each other. I also feel that this book highlights the issues of societal outcasts and cultural differences; the way that the protagonist felt about wanting to be “a part of the world” is a common emotion amongst people of all ages. As well as tackling larger issues, this novel is for a wide variety of ages yet I would say that it is aimed more at girls than boys as girls typically feel social exclusion more heavily than boys. Despite this, I found the book to have a deep meaningful message, which could apply to a variety of people and their situations.

Posted on: 14th June 2019 at 03:49 pm

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