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The Paper Bag Princess Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Robert Munsch is one of North America's best-selling children's authors. All together his books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into over a dozen languages.
Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He won the Ruth Schwartz Award for Thomas' Snowsuit in 1986, and he has won other awards for design and illustration.
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Another thing I noticed is there have been some changes in wording which I think are not for the better.
We would never have thought we had to check the "size" of a book when it did not mention in the title that it was a miniature series book.
That being said, we only paid $1.79, so we're not upset, just surprised. Our 3 year old family members will love it.
The author, Robert Munsch, continues with his wonderful books. The author has a keen sense of humor, and if the ending doesn't fit how you think, it is always the best. In this book, Elizabeth the Princess has a wonderful life, she has beautiful expensive clothes, she lives in a big castle and is going to marry Ronald the Prince. Then, one day, the big bad Dragon comes along, burns down the castle, steals her clothes and carries off Ronald the Prince. The Princess found a paper bag and decided to wear it. Then off she went looking for the Dragon as he left destruction in his wake.
Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will be laughing at the funny language and the Princess's antics. There are lessons to be learned, and it is not the usual ones. The illustrations by Michael Martchenko, are bright, vivid, and beautiful. This story is so funny that everyone who reads it will love the ending.
Recommended. prisrob 04-23-15
The writing is a shade too spare and clipped for me, and while I like the illustrations, they don’t “pop” as much as some other books. One star off for that.
A second star off for the packaging. It came in a one of those large mustard yellow lightly padded envelopes, and the mail carrier stuffed it into our mailbox. As a result, the paperback is somewhat curved and misshapen. Sturdier packaging would’ve helped. C’mon, Amazon!
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However beware the last line is the key to the whole book and the kindle version has the words " you are a bum" which doesn't work for me as working or reading to children. The book version is much better "you are a toad". Do please read....it's a classic.