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The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

by (author) Robert Munsch

illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
General, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Dating & Sex
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 2 to 4


Over seven 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.

About the authors

El reconocido narrador ROBERT MUNSCH ha escrito decenas de libros para niños, entre ellos: Paper Bag Princess y Mortimer. Él vive con su familia en Guelph, Ontario.

Robert Munsch's profile page


MICHAEL MARTCHENKO est né à Carcassonne, en France. Il s'installe au Canada avec sa famille alors qu'il a 7 ans. En 1966, il décroche son diplôme du Collège des arts de l'Ontario et devient bientôt directeur d'une agence publicitaire. C'est lors d'une exposition d'art graphique que Robert Munsch découvre le travail de Michael Martchenko. Michael a reçu le prix Libris 2006, Illustrateur de l'année.


MICHAEL MARTCHENKO has illustrated dozens of books, and is most famous for his work with Robert Munsch, including Smelly Socks (Tes chaussettes sentent la mouffette!), Makeup Mess (Maquillage à gogo) and We Share Everything! (On partage tout!). He lives in Burlington, Ontario.


Michael Martchenko's profile page


  • Short-listed, The 150 bestselling Canadian books of the past 10 years - CBC Books
  • Short-listed, Best Canadian Children's Books of All Time - Today's Parent Magazine

Editorial Reviews

“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls . . . like The Paper Bag Princess.”

The New York Times

[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

“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.” 


“This is an extremely popular children’s book . . .  that needs a resurgence! It has sold over 7 million copies and gained an endorsement from the National Organization for Women.” 

Ms Magazine, 12/16/20

“An entertaining read that champions strong, independent, and intelligent girls.” 

The Horn Book, 09/18/20

“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

“A perfect lesson in emancipation and self-confidence.” 

The Indian Express, 10/14/18

“We can thank Robert Munsch for his gender-breaking book and celebrate its message.”

The Virginian-Pilot, 03/15/20

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