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The Paper Bag Princess [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 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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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Kids Book May 28 2002
By A Customer
As an active babysitter, I am constantly in search of good books to read to kids. This book was a favorite of mine when I was little, and now that I've rediscovered it, I've read it almost every time I've babysat recently. The story makes so much sense, and for once, the protaganist is a strong female. The kids I read it to have asked me for it so much, I have the book memorized. This is definitely a great choice for any kid's library, and the witty story is just perfect for the 4-9 set. I highly recomend The Paper Bag Princess!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Munsch's wonderful book June 2 2003
This was the first Munsch book that I bought and I quickly went out and bought a whole load more. He's an excellent writer with a wonderful range of stories and a beautifully simple and fluid style of writing that is both accessible to children and able to roll off the tongue of most adults.
As you'll see from the other reviews here, this tale is about a young girl who, filled with nothing but courage, charity and a fair bit of brains, goes off to rescue a young prince from a ferocious dragon. After using all of her cunning to defeat the dragon she discovers that the prince is a bit of a monster himself, and so she decides not to marry him after all.
Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to (it's still a happy ending, just a different one) and that sometimes a twist can be more satisfying anyway.
Highly recommended for children from 3 to 103.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book! April 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
The Paper Bag Prinsess is a funny and silly book for little children. Its about a princess named Elizabeth and a prince named Arnold.
They're about to get married when a dragon comes and taks Arnold away. Elizabeth goes on a quest to find him. Well, if you want to hear the ending you'll have to read the story.
I love this book. I read it to my little brother all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plesure of Reading Aug. 7 2000
I found this children's book very understandable to read, and follow along with. The book had great pictures for a easier following of the storyline, and great illustrations make a book even more of a joy to read. Being a 19 year old teenager reading a child's novel for the first time in 13 years, made me remember some of the books I had read as a child. I think that this book shows a good example of how to use your brain instead of fighting. Children need to be able to see that there are other methods of resolving a situation without turning to violence. This book show a good example of how the princess outsmarted the dragon in order to try to save the prince. I think if parents would teach their children this same methods, then there wouldn't be any violence in schools today. I salute the author on this book, and give two thumbs up on a job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Four Year Old Girls June 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
I am so happy I got this book for my four year old daughter. It's the perfect antidote to those unrealistic Disney stories (i.e., Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty). And don't get me wrong, I think that those Disney stories can be fabulous, but the subliminal messages are somewhat 18th century. The Paper Bag Princess, on the other hand is decidely modern. Its message is: if a guy isn't nice to you, he's not worth it, leave him. Really, is there a more important message about relationships that we ought to be sending to our daughters? There are other wonderful messages in here for girls: you are resourceful, be strong. And, as an added benefit, this is a great and funny book, both of my daughters love it. This would make a great gift to all of the young girls in your life (and I think the age range should start at 2, not 4).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for girls and women.. Jan. 14 2002
By Ms Diva
Format:Library Binding
I adore this book. It is about Princess Elizabeth who has to defeat a dragon when the Prince is kidnapped. Elizabeth has to rely on her own strengths, creativity and ingenuity to win the battle with the dragon. Every female I've read this book to has loved it, from my 3 year old niece to a group of 12 year olds to my university Women's Studies class. The book has a fantastic message about women's potential to break through sex-role stereotyping. The book boosted the self-esteem of the girls I was working with and led to some great discussions about the fact that they don't need to have a boyfriend to be happy, and the need to accept themselves and recognize their strengths. I think this book is empowering and uplifting and I reccommend it to anyone who is in contact with young girls. Heck, get it for yourself. You deserve it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Munsch!
One of my fondest memories is being in kindergarten and having Robert Munsch read at my school.
I've been hooked ever since! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Keobel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Robert Munsch's best!!
I've loved this book for years & used to read it to my daughter when she was younger. It's a fantastic story.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Turecek
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent female role model for young girls
Great book for a young girl. Female heroine who demonstrates strength and self-confidence. Teaches young girls to know their worth and how to stand up for themselves against those... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, we read it everyday
Must buy this book. My three year old son LOVES the dragon. A very good story too, I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by compgeek
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
This book is very interesting for children, the story is original and funny. My daughter really enjoyed it, especially the end (great funny short-story about self-confidence,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Philippe Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for girls
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.
Published 5 months ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top favorite kids books in my pocket
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.
Published 7 months ago by Laura Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
Arrived quickly and was exactly as expected. Loved this book as a child so I purchased it for my daughter.
Published 8 months ago by Amber Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Choice
Classic story, it's an excellent foil to the deluge of saccharine "princess" drivel. The size is convenient to read to a child. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Crabbe
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
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