“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls . . . like The Paper Bag Princess.”(The New York Times)
“Before we even knew what the word ‘feminist’ was, the titular character of Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess was there to inspire us to become one. Fierce, smart, and bold, Princess Elizabeth . . . [shows] girls everywhere that not all girls are damsels in distress—plenty of them are heroes, too.”(Bustle)
[T]his morning I searched my mother’s basement for The Paper Bag Princess, and though my daughters are sixteen months old, that is where I will begin. I will read it to them and I hope over time that they will learn Princess Elizabeth’s lessons: Adventure and be fearless. Stand up to dragons. Defend yourself with all you have. Walk away from any man who treats you with disrespect. You, yourself, alone, are enough, and more than enough.(Francesca Segal, The Hairpin)
“A perfect lesson in emancipation and self-confidence.”(The Indian Express, 10/14/18)
“If ever there were a book with the most perfect plot twist, this could be it . . . This princess tale is short and sweet and funny, and empowers young girls to be true to themselves . . . a classic picture book that packs a real punch to the “princess” genre!”(The Children’s Book Review, 05/18/18)
“We can thank Robert Munsch for his gender-breaking book and celebrate its message.”(The Virginian-Pilot, 03/15/20)
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.
Robert Munsch, author of such classics as The Paper Bag Princess and Thomas’ Snowsuit, is one of North America’s bestselling authors of children’s books.
Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when he was seven. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Patricia.