The Paper Bag Princess

Munsch, Robert N.

Book - 1980
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Paper Bag Princess
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.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c1980.
ISBN: 9780920236826
Characteristics: [28] p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Martchenko, Michael


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Dec 11, 2014
  • momofmaxandruby rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This story is unique to most of Mr Munsch's writing in that it departs from the predictable pattern that he usually uses. LOVE the strong and relentless female character. Not all princesses need crowns and beautiful crowns! A must for all Canadian Kids bookshelves.

Aug 14, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There are very children's book I do not like, but unfortunately this is one of them. The concept of the story is great. The princess loses everything, tries to save the prince, but in the end learns to live without all the fancy things, even the prince. But There are several ways in which the story doesn't deliver for children. First, why does the princess have to be completely naked on page two? How did the dragon's burning down of her castle make her lose her clothes? I find this completely creepy and inappropriate. Then there are the horse bones and total destruction of forests. Again, not appropriate for the advertized age range of 4-7.
The princess finds and very cleverly tricks the dragon into wearing himself out so she can save the prince. But when she realizes the prince is not a nice guy, the line simply says "They didn't get married after all." Little kids are not going to be able to reason this out. And the princess simply runs off into the sunset in the end. She's just a young girl. Where is she going to go?
I feel this book is mislabled for small children. It should be for ages 8 and up. Fairy tales can be wonderful learning tools, but this book falls short in the delivery. There are several places the author could have done a better job telling this story in a way children would understand.
Would I recommend this book? NO. There are many better fairy tales available

Oct 07, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How have I never read this?! I bust out laughing at the end. Way to go, Elizabeth!

Aug 12, 2013
  • rahamedi_66 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a great book! The message applies to both little girls and grown women!

Jul 18, 2011
  • green_thumb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best Robert Munsch book ever!

May 30, 2011
  • A2JL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my favourite Munsch book when I was little and now, it seems to be, my 2yr old son's as well.
He loves the Dragon (of course) and it has not only proven to be a great read for us to share, but it has proven to be entertaining in other ways.
He loves to recite the book word-for-word and reenact it. Only, when he plays the Dragon, he likes to wake up when he is supposed to stay asleep and eat Prince Ronald. Ha ha.
Great Book! It is read nightly and sometimes multiple times during the day.

Oct 27, 2010
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome children's book. I'm being the princess for Halloween this year.

Apr 10, 2009
  • TN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a CLASSIC!


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Aug 14, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Aug 10, 2012
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Jul 30, 2012
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