The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess

Book rating: 05 Hardback Munsch for Kids

By (author) Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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  • Publisher: Annick Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 28 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 206mm x 10mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 0920236820
  • ISBN 13: 9780920236826
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 38,794

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The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald --- who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. Full color throughout.

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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied to be a Jesuit priest, but decided to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew and Tyya (see them all in "Something Good!"). Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.

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By Nadja 16 Jun 2014 5

At first, the story looks like any other fairy tale. There is a princess, a prince and a dragon, typical fairy tale characters; however, this is not your classical fairy tale. Thank god for that. Stories where princesses are waiting to be rescued by charming princes and are so delicate and helpless that they might faint any moment, are really getting old. This one is different, all the pieces of fairy tales are there (big bad dragon, a prince, a princess, a castle, the rescue and cunning) but the way they are put together is something different, something new and fresh.
The language is smooth and the characters are well developed. The author managed to create real, picturesque characters with only a few lines. Forget about Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora who get their happy ending not because they are particularly smart or because they had worked hard for it but because they are beautiful, that is all. What an accomplishment. This is not what we want to teach our children. The Paper Bag Princess gives us a real heroine. The main character is strong, clever and independent, a great role model for girls and boys.
The story is appropriate for children between ages 3 to 8, but even I as a grown up enjoyed reading the story. I think that has a lot to do with the story itself, characters, wonderful illustrations and humor. Humor is what gives the story that kick, children and adults alike would appreciate it greatly. The story has an interesting and unexpected ending and it makes you say: â??High five.â??
The story comes to life with the help of expressive illustrations: the snobbish prince, the mean and not very clever dragon and one determined princess. The illustrations are playful with a dose of funny. Nicely done.

By Maja Rupnik 09 Jun 2014 5

After finishing reading Robert Munsch�???�??�?�¢??s The Paper Bag Princess, I wanted to give a high five to my best friend. Seriously. Since she wasn�???�??�?�¢??t around, a self high five had to do it. That�???�??�?�¢??s the real "girl power" material, I thought. I couldn�???�??�?�¢??t be happier for Princess Elizabeth.

She was a charming princess who had everything every little girl wants at some point of her childhood: tons of gorgeous clothes, a handsome fianc�????�???�??�?�©, and a mighty, fabulous castle. Nevertheless, one thing she didn�???�??�?�¢??t have in mind when picturing her perfect future was a dragon smashing her home, burning her wardrobe, and kidnapping Prince Ronald. Putting on the only thing left from the destruction, a paper bag, Elizabeth decided to fight for her prince and started her mission to outsmart the dragon.

Munsch�???�??�?�¢??s concrete, witty language and Martachenko�???�??�?�¢??s straightforward, amusing illustrations create some inspiring messages. Number one: life ain�???�??�?�¢??t all sunshine and rainbows, so watch out for the dragons. Number two: anybody can kick ass in a ball gown, but only some can do it in a paper bag dress. Number three: not every prince is a prince charming; some of them are real bums. Finally, no matter what happens, a princess should always keep wearing her crown and make sure on her own to run off happily into the sunset every single day.

That�???�??�?�¢??s the book my girlfriends are getting for their birthdays this year. Every young girl should read it, and, if being honest, some of their older sisters and mothers too. Dear ladies, independence, self-respect, and a little bit of courage is all we need to break traditional gender norms and get our happily ever afters.

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One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves.--Elizabeth Shaffer"BC Parent" (10/01/2005)