by Sophie Anderson
Secondary List SHORTLIST WINNER
So far we have received 5 reviews of The House with Chicken Legs.
You can read them below.
Sophie from Year 8, The Armthorpe Academy:
Was it the sight of the cover, the talk of the plot or the glowing reviews from Kiran Millwood-Hargrave i read that kept making me want to read this book? OK, ll admit it. It was all of these things but most of all, it was the title. 1. How could you choose to not read a book called ~The House with Chicken Legs? 2. How could you not be both fascinated and the slightest bit intrigued by what was to come? Therefore, I just knew that I HAD to read it! The House with Chicken Legs is steeped in Russian folklore in the form of a Baba Yaga mythical retelling. You may think?~Oh, just another retelling? But let me assure you, that the re-imagining take on this tale is absolutely amazeballs. How would you feel if your house got to choose where you live? How would you feel if your house decided who you met and became friends with? How would you feel if you had great responsibility bestowed upon you but you wanted no, needed to choose your own destiny? Along the way, Marinka, the House and her trusted jackdaw, Jack meet: life Benjamin, Benji, Salma, Lamya; death Nina, Serina, The Old Man and his Wife; and Yaga Baba Yaga, Old Yaga and plenty of other Yagas; to try to work out the answers to these life-changing questions. There's also the House. Well what can I say? The House is larger than life with an even bigger heart; personified perfectly with tons of charm and charisma but also tinged with a loveble roughness around the edges thatll have you yearning deeply for it to be something you encounter yourself. Marinka is the right kind of heroine for this story but the House is just as much as a hero for me. The more you read on, the more Marinka will have you wanting to join her on her journey of self-discovery, where houses walk (and run!); where the dead talk; and where life, death and Yaga come together in a superbly written story. By the end, like I was, you should be trying your best to hold on and not say goodbye to these characters and this stunning story. But youll also learn some Russian; some chemistry (I loved the mentions of compounds combining to make fireworks and scientists like Rosalind Franklin); I would highly recommend reading this unusual story, def for Yr7/8
Jasmine from Year 11, Astrea Academy Woodfields:
I was intrigued from the second I heard the bizarre title 'The House With Chicken Legs'. The book definitely did not disappoint. Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? Or what it's like to travel the world on a house that has chicken legs? These questions are answered in the book. It also contains many twists and turns and is ultimately a heartfelt story about friendship and learning to love who you are in order to make the most out of life. While the ending isn't what you'd expect it to be, the story definitely has a happy ending and has a sort of fairy-tale feel to it.
Atika from Year 8, Dixons Cottingley Academy:
I really enjoyed the story generally but I thought that the book turned out to be a bit of a cliche in the end. I love the premise of the main character living with Baba Yaga.
Chloe from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
The House With Chicken Legs is an amazing book, set in every place the house has ever travelled to! Meet: Jack the jackjaw, Marinka the frustrated, ambitious girl who is quite stubborn, Baba the guider of the dead and who could forget Benji the lamb! I loved this book and I simply could not put it down! I love the story line and its title is very intriguing and it is very nice and subtle but exciting and dramatic at the same time! The author really reels you into the book and even though it was a fantasy story, I felt like I was there with Marinka and the abnormal house! My favourite character has to be Marinka the stubborn, trapped girl who is very inquisitive and caring. She is a very overwhelming character with high ambitions to befriend a living human being. Will Marinka manage to make friends and live a free life?
Courtney from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
The House With Chicken Legs is really good because it seems scary it really isn't. It does contain an awful lot of ghosts, but they are good ghosts. My favourite part is when the main character ( Marinka ) meets her best friend again ( Benjamin). My least favourite part is when is when Marinka doesn't want the ghost Nina to go through The Gate for the dead. Would you like to read this book? The author of this book made me feel a mixture of emotions: suprise, anger, happiness, sadness and made see the tale from Marinka's point of veiw. Marinka's house is alive and can also feel emotions. It looks after its family with its life and can grow new rooms. I really recommend this book because it is full of suprising events and twists. Please read it and tell me what you think.