The Paper Bag Princess Book
The Paper Bag Princess Book
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The Paper Bag Princess

Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Published by Annick Press


Publisher's Summary

Over five million copies in print!

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. Now a newly designed Classic Munsch edition will introduce the tale to a new generation of young feminists.

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  • Age Range: 4-7
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: January 1, 1960
  • ISBN: 1773210300
  • ISBN 13: 978-1773210308
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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

This one is a classic in my book, turning the tale of a damsel in distress (which, don't get me wrong, can still be excellent) right on its head. The illustrations are so expressive and I love that not only does Princess Elizabeth throw fashion to the wind and use her smarts to outwit the dragon (without violence!), but also takes her new-found confidence and realizes that her prince is actually not as great as she once thought he was.

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Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

This book hits all the right notes for me: it's silly, fun, and features a strong princess who doesn't sit around waiting to be rescued. This is exactly the kind of princess book I want to read with my three-year-old and 18-month-old daughters. I think it's hilarious, and so do they.

Robert Munsch

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