The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson,

The House with Chicken Legs

Usborne, 2018

ISBN 9781474940665

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Who Wrote It?

Sophie Anderson grew up in Swansea and studied at Liverpool University. She wrote textbooks until characters from Slavic fairy tales began appearing in her work.

She is from an international family, her Prussian Grandmother telling her stories that eventually inspired Sophie to write her own. Her mother, too, is a writer and this has motivated Sophie to write stories encompassing and inspired by different folklores, cultures and landscapes.

Sophie now lives in the Lake District with her husband, where she home schools their four children and spends her time walking, canoeing and daydreaming.

What's It About?

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.

For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...

Fact File

The House with Chicken Legs is Sophie’s debut novel, and it has already been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards.

Sophie’s dream is to create books that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful diversity.

She worked as a geologist and a science teacher before becoming an author.

The House with Chicken Legs will be published across the world – it will be sold in countries as far apart as Korea, Italy, Vietnam and Russia.

Sophie spends every spare minute reading, and loves to talk about books to anyone else who will listen!

The House with Chicken Legs was published by Usborne on 3rd May 2018.

To find out more about Sophie, check out her website https://sophieandersonauthor.com or follow her on Twitter @SophieInSpace.

Your Reviews

Summer from Raynville Primary School:

This book was great because it was an adventure book and I love this genre. If you like adventures, I recommend you to read this book.

Summer gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Mehrin from Coop Academy Oakwood:

This was possibly one of my favourite books to read because I can relate to moments in here and also regret them. It has taught me to not only think about myself but also what's going around in the world, recycle even more and be more respectful to my parents. My favourite character is Baba Yaga since she supports Marinka even when she is frustrated or upset.

Mehrin gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Evan from Calverley c of e primary :

I liked this book because it is very intriguing and every time I started reading this book it made me want to read more.

Evan gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Izzy from Calverley c of e primary school :

I loved this book! it was very intriguing because you never new what would happen next.i wanted to read it all day everyday because it was so good.i would recommend it to everyone!!!

Izzy gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Z from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Marinka wishes that she could stay in one place so as to make friends.But her house has legs, and whereas Marinka longs to not take after her grandmother, her house disagrees.

The house with chicken legs is written by Sophie Anderson and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli. I like it when Marinka met a living person. I reccomend this book to any fiction lover age 8+

I rat this 5 stars

Z gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Eva from Westgate Primary School:

I thought this book was great. It was beautifully descriptive and brought to life a really detailed image in my head. Throughout the story there are lots of different themes:sometimes happy sometimes sad sometimes adventurous and I really liked that. I thought it was very intriguing therefore I would recommend this book to anyone.

Eva gave The House with Chicken Legs 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.