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The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)

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In this bestselling modern classic, 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.

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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


Lush and beguiling legends and gloriously gory descriptions... rich with color... will rivet all but the most squeamish readers.

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110 of 111 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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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Four Year Old Girls June 14, 2000
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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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent title for young girls! March 8, 1998
This charming story reverses the usual roles: a prince is kidnapped by a dangerous dragon, and the dragon's breath burns up all the clothes in the palace. The princess who loves the prince can only find a paper bag to wear when she goes to rescue her love. Cleverly tricking the dragon, she enters the cave where the prince, still beautifully dressed, is held captive. Is true love rewarded? No! He at once complains she's "a disaster" badly dressed, dirty and all messed up. She replies that he is a fine and handsome prince--but completely useless. "And, in the end, they didn't marry."
This book is funny and not at all didactic, quick and easy to read. It's understandable for children from five up, but appeals to adults, too. I've read it to my Guatemalan maid, who was being forced to marry against her will and had just managed to escape the marriage. She loved the book and took it home to read it to her little brother and sister. This is an ideal work to help girls and boys see themelves as equals, to help them realize that marriage isn't the solution to all life's problems, and to understand that boys, just like girls, can be spoiled and foolish. It also suggests that when a boy friend or girl friend is vain and foolish, rather than pining one can look elsewhere for love and understanding. This book should be in every library worldwide!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
As the other reviews have said, this is a very funny and well-written picture book with a great message; however, I would add the caveat that in some situations the anti-fairy-tale ending may be a little too sophisticated for very young children. I read "The Paper Bag Princess" to a group of 3- and 4-year-olds at a day camp, and when I had finished there was a shocked silence, broken by one little girl's whisper, "That was a BAD story!" I would have liked to read it again and talk about it with them, but they all immediately dispersed for the next activity. I should have chosen a different book for these kids, but as a parent (who ends up reading the same books to my daughter over and over again anyway!), I heartily recommend "The Paper Bag Princess."
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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In a world obsessed with all things Princess this book should be very well received and appreciated by girls everywhere. A terrific story about the feisty, intelligent Princess Elizabeth who treks to save her prince from the nasty dragon only to be received with no appreciation but judgment, The Paper Bag Princess shows girls that they should be respected and appreciated for their inner beauty and strengths including determination, courage, heart and wit and not solely on their outward appearance. This book should be in every girl's library right in the middle of all her fairytale princess books. A little dose of reality is good because a girl needs to know early in life that not all relationships are worth staying in. A woman should give and receive love, respect and appreciation in order for a healthy, satisfying relationship to exist. Remember, as someone once said, "You get what you settle for." Bravo, Munsch!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice heroine, simple illustrations, good story December 29, 2005
This is a book which appeals to younger readers (2-4), but is better for the 4-8 age group as recommended. I say this because my younger children do follow elements of this story and enjoy it.

This is the story of Elizabeth whose castle is destroyed along with all her belongings and her future husband Prince Reginald is carried off by the Dragon. All which is left for her to wear is a paperbag. So following the trail of destruction she goes to rescue Reginald. When she reaches the Dragons lair she has to trick the dragon to rescue reginald. Interestingly this is almost identical to the story of the Iron man when he challenges the dragon in Ted Hughes' story.

Having freed Reginald Elizabeth is disgusted to discover that he is not too happy with her. Her hair is a mess and she is dressed extremely badly. Luckily Elizabeth has a great deal of fortitude (having proved it already) and tells Reginald (very politely) what he can do with his fine hair and beautiful clothes.

Some nice messages here for discussion with older children (appearance vs substance - good manners and so on). The illustrations are simple but evocative. A nice classic story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book and a must-read for any girl!
I did not become familiar with this title until I became an elementary school teacher. Not only is it fantastic because it paints a different "princess picture" for young... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Kaitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars my friends - we all love his books
Robert Munsch, what can I say that I have not already said. My granddaughters, my family, my friends - we all love his books. Delightful!
Published 1 day ago by bobbism
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a cute story. Such a enjoyable short read for young readers.
Published 2 days ago by lynpez
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
Every little girl (and big girl) needs to own this book and have it read to the often. Great message without being too preachy. Fun book!
Published 4 days ago by G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce is an understatement
This short, not so sweet, book is the perfect cure for the stereotypical princess stories that plague the bookshelves of libraries everywhere. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Saychelle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite children's books
One of my all time favorite children's books. I use it in my classroom and have yet to meet a child you hasn't fallen in love with this book upon hearing it for the first time. Read more
Published 8 days ago by PattiS
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably TINY!
Really cute message but when the reviews said the actual book is tiny, they weren't kidding. Looks like something you'd get in a quarter machine.
Published 11 days ago by J. Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to the hype
My daughters loved this story, and it was fun for me to read. I had heard good things about it but wasn't sure it would live up to the hype, as many stories don't. This one did! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Penny Thoughtful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Choice
I first saw this as a video but fell in love with the story and bought the book for my kids too. I have purchased it for many little girls so they know they have choices and should... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hannah Paradise
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Can't open on Kindle for Windows app.
Can't read it on Kindle for Windows. It pops up with a message stating just that when you try to open it. Read more
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Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA 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!).

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