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Sofia, Witchford Wonders Carnegie

The House with Chicken Legs

After hearing a lot of negative opinions on this book,I really wasn't sure what I would think.

I was incredibly shocked.

To begin, the story is beautiful. Folk tales often interest me, and the influence of Russian folklore is evident. Sophie Anderson creates a gorgeous tale of magic, grief and friendship that I certainly enjoyed. Some moments feel almost nostalgic, and some feel incredibly moving.

In addition, the characters are equally engaging. Marinka is wonderfully stubborn, without making her seem irritating. She just appears to be a strong-willed child, as opposed to other irritating child protagonists in this year's Carnegie shortlisted books. Her grandmother, Baba Yaga, is also a sweet and kindly character to read about. Even the house has a distinctive personality!

As a final point, the language and writing style flow beautifully as the book progresses. Description felt a little clunky at first, but this seems to die down after a chapter or two.

To conclude, The House With Chicken Legs is a truly lovely story that warmed my stone, critic heart.

Posted on: 17th June 2019 at 09:48 pm

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