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The Paper Bag Princess [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Feb. 1 1992 Classic Munsch

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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Elizabeth, a beautiful princess, lives in a castle and wears fancy clothes. Just when she is about to marry Prince Ronald, a dragon smashes her castle, burns her clothes with his fiery breath, and prince-naps her dear Ronald. Undaunted and presumably unclad, she dons a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and her cherished prince. Once she's tracked down the rascally reptile, she flatters him into performing all sorts of dragonly stunts that eventually exhaust him, allowing her to rescue Prince Ronald. But what does Prince Not-So-Charming say when he sees her? "You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess." (At least he has the courtesy not to mention that the princess's crown resembles a dying sea anemone.) In any case, let's just say that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Ronald do not, under any circumstances, live happily ever after. Canadian author Robert Munsch celebrates feisty females everywhere with this popular favorite, and Michael Martchenko's scratchy, comical, pen-and-ink drawings capture the tongue-in-cheek quality of this read-aloud crowd pleaser. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


The tale of a princess who, although faced with adversity, saves the day and wins the prize. A charmingly-illustrated tale of strength for princesses of all ages. (Mari Farthing MetroFamily Magazine 2010-04-00)

Some of the best children's books ever written have been about girls -- like The Paper Bag Princess. (New York Times)

A great girl-power story. (Carol Sjostrom Miller Familyfun 2005-02-00)

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 2005-10-00)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This may be my favorite book! Aug. 11 2003
What a brilliant story to encourage girls to be strong, smart, and realize beauty comes from within!
I have bought this for all friends with new babies...girls and boys. What a gift when we grace our children with the power of confidence and imagination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Love Munsch Stories! March 9 2003
As an Education major and child care employee, I have scoured book stores and book fairs to find quality literature for use in the classroom. I often utilize the preschool children that I work with as "guinea pigs" and rate thier reactions to such literature. They loved the Paper Bag Princess! Although I brought the entire Munschworks collection to school last week, I was asked (and often ordered) to read only thie particular story each day, and often several times in a day.
The children were filled with laughter at various points in the story, especially when I would flip to the page in which Elizabeth tricks the dragon into using up all of his firey dragon breath-the children would instantly yell out, "He doesn't have enough dragon breath to cook a meatball...ha ha ha".
By the middle of the week, the children were reciting this story to thier friends and parents, and even acting it out (they enjoyed calling each other bums at the end). Munsch stories are truly a delight for any classroom or individual child's library!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My unroyal crown is off to both the author and the illustrator of this wonderful book. Not only is it a great book to read to your kids, it's enhanced with colorful illustrations that show them the meanings of the words.

Although it's for all kids, it will be especially encouraging for young girls who will want to be just like this strong, brave, smart Princess Elizabeth.

This book is an excellent choice for the next baby shower you attend, a gift that will teach the child the magic of imagination AND confidence. I guarantee it will become a keepsake in the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Elizabeth Nov. 21 2007
There are princesses who sit around in misery waiting for a prince to come and save them, and then there is Elizabeth. This clever, independent princess is an excellent model for young women and holds an honored place on my bookshelf. Do your daughters a favor and read this to them often. For more fun get Why Some Cats are Rascals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for girls April 3 2014
Finally a Princess who doesn't need to be saved. This is a nice twist on an old tale and the Princess, who isn't helpless and waiting to be saved, is a good role model for girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top favorite kids books in my pocket Feb. 17 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love being able to read on the go. Being late at a friends house, or on the road, story time doesn't need to be cut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery Jan. 18 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived quickly and was exactly as expected. Loved this book as a child so I purchased it for my daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Choice Dec 31 2013
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Classic story, it's an excellent foil to the deluge of saccharine "princess" drivel. The size is convenient to read to a child. There is a moderate volume of text on each page, but the total number of pages is small. Therefore, it doesn't stress my son's attention span. The board book binding is very practical. I have a stapled paperback version of the same story, and I am sure it would not last long in my son's hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a princess I can look up to...
A fabulous book! A princess who is strong, smart, and independent! One who stands up for herself and ditches him when she doesn't live up to his superficial expectations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andria Bitton
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
A classic Munsch tale about an unmanly prince and a strong, wise princess. A little abrupt, though I suppose that is part of the effect and charm of this little tale.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Nenadov
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
One of my favorite books as a child. I'm happy to pass it on to our friend's little girl for her to enjoy.
Published 6 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
My daughter loves this book, and I love the message ! So tired of pink princesses getting rescued and happily married as their main life goal.
Published 8 months ago by Chrissy34
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paper Bag Princess
This bok was one of my daughters favourites as a child and she enjoyed it very much, So she decided this book also had to be read to her children.
Published 16 months ago by Blondelle Drakes
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting story
My 2 year old daughter loves it! It's a very interesting story and the Princess in the story is very smart.
Published 17 months ago by arashi
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite!!!
This was one of my favourite books growing up! I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful story with my kids!!
Published on March 11 2012 by Laurel Copper
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for any girl!
Best book ever! Ordered 3 and the first arrived in really good time. The second two took a lot longer. Was worth the wait though, perfect book for any girl.
Published on March 1 2011 by ddpeirce
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
The Paper Bag Princess was one of my favorite childhood books and I just had to have it. The price was more than reasonable and it arrived very quickly. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2010 by Ravman
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