Picture Book Review: The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)


The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)

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.

My Review:

When I saw this available for review on NetGalley, I just about jumped out of my chair in excitement.  I loved this book as a child, and read it over and over and over again.  I was similarly ecstatic when I saw the Kindle version on Amazon for $1.89.  Needless to say, my kids have now read it over and over and over again.

The Paper Bag Princess is a classic book that no child should ever grow up without, and I am shocked and appalled at how many people have never heard of it.  Robert Munsch wrote a brilliant story, entirely original in concept and execution.  Truly a classic.  I am more than overjoyed to see this book back in print.  

The Illustrations:  The artwork in this book is 100% fantastic.  I love the way Princess Elizabeth is depicted, and the dragon is full of personality and character.  Michael Martchenko has infused his illustrations with expression and story telling.  The pictures are the perfect fit for this book.  By the way, this was his FIRST picture book project! Amazing.

If your childhood was deprived of this wonderful book, please do not bestow the same injustice on your own kids.  This book is a must-have for any children’s home library!  And honestly, for $1.89, how can you go wrong?

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    January 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Really!? NetGalley? Awesome. I know about this classic but have yet to read it. The dragon looks a little like he has a lazy personality not a big one. lol. You are really excited to share this book with the world.

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    January 7, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Ha ha, yes I am excited. I loved this book when I was a kid and I always wanted to read it to my own kids. And now I can 🙂

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