Sophie Anderson: The House with Chicken Legs
Sophie Anderson: The Girl Who Speaks Bear
Sophie Anderson: The Castle of Tangled Magic
Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Last year, so many foreign booktubers talked about The House with Chicken Legs that I was curious and thought I’d read it. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the story of Marinka, who doesn’t want to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and be a Yaga. His grandmother is the legendary Baba Yaga, who lives in a house that walks on chicken legs with a fence made of human bones, and her task is to escort the dead to the afterlife. This setting is strong enough for a start, but the story will only get even better. Exciting and touching book.
Of the writer’s three books, this is my favorite to this day, but the other two are also incredibly good. This is not a series, but a companion – there is a connection between the three books. The illustrations are also beautiful, with all three volumes illustrated by different illustrators: the first by Elisa Paganelli, the second by Kathrin Honesta, and the third by Saara Söderlund. It is worth looking for their individual works also.
The fourth book will come in the next spring and the writer has only revealed that it will also be based on Slavic folk tales, but there will be more politics in it… I look forward to reading it, but in the meantime, I will dive into other Slavic tales because I really like this world.