I’m really excited to be able to reveal for you today, the cover of the Sophie Anderson’s debut novel ‘A House With Chicken Legs’, which will be published on the 5th April 2018 by Usborne. I’ve had an early read and I’m totally enchanted by this extraordinary, magical story. The lovely team have created this incredible animated cover for the reveal today so you’re in for a huge treat!!
So without further ado here it is…….
This exquisite cover has been designed by Katharine Millichope at Usborne, and illustrated by the brilliant Melissa Castrillón. I love how this animated cover hints at the magic that lies within the pages and captures the strangeness and unpredictable nature of Marinka’s life. I also have a sneak peek of the interior illustrations by Elisa Paganelli to share with you, these are deliciously dark and full of possibility just as a fairy tale ought to be!
The House With Chicken Legs
My house has chicken legs. Two or three times a year, without warning,
it stands up in the middle of the night and walks away from where we’ve been living.
Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. The only people Marinka meets are dead; they disappear when her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guides them through The Gate. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas…
Join Marinka on a journey across the globe, between this world and the next, and to places you could hardly ever dream of. Sophie Anderson has created a deliciously macabre world in this breathtaking reimagining of the Russian folk tale of Baba Yaga. With lyrical story-telling, this is perfect for fans of Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Katherine Rundell and Neil Gaiman.
What do you take with you to the Stars? The stars are calling for you.
Sophie Anderson grew up in Swansea, studied at Liverpool University, and has worked as a geologist and science teacher. She wrote textbooks until characters from Slavic folklore began appearing in her work. Sophie has an international family, including a Prussian Grandmother, and loves to write stories inspired by different folklores and cultures. Now living in the Lake District with her husband, Sophie enjoys the freedom of home schooling her three children, fell walking, canoeing, and daydreaming.
Melissa Castrillón is a freelance illustrator and designer with a particular passion for print, pattern and punchy colour combos. She attended the Cambridge School of Art and gained a First class Honours Degree in Illustration in 2009 and a Masters degree in Children’s book Illustration in 2014. Melissa lives in Cambridge, England with Her husband Luke and their cat Chimi. She works with international clients on a range of projects, from Picture books to Home decor, Book covers to editorial.
Elisa Paganelli. was born in Modena, Italy, and since childhood she couldn’t resist the smell of paper, pencils, the magic of books and nature. She attended the Art Institute of her town and an illustration course at the European Institute of
Design (IED) in Turin. She worked as a graphic designer since she was a young student, behind the desk of a communication agency and she decided to leave everything to give birth to her own studio. She’s passionate about images and words, the work which she devotes most of her time, accompanied by a cup of tea and her beloved pet-assistants.
Thank you to Sophie and Usborne for inviting me to host the cover reveal. ‘The House With Chicken Legs’ is available to pre-order online or from any good bookshop.