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Paper Bag Princess Day 2022

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)
By (author): Robert Munsch Illustrated by: Michael Martchenko
Robert Munsch ,

Illustrated by :

Michael Martchenko


Annick Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2
Apr 10, 2018
$7.95 CAD


7.8in x 7.8 x 0.3 in | 100 gr

Page Count:

32 pages
Annick Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Best Canadian Children's Books of All Time - Today's Parent Magazine 2016, Short-listed The 150 bestselling Canadian books of the past 10 years - CBC Books 2017, Short-listed

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.

  • Over 25 million Classic Munsch titles in print
  • 20 Classic Munsch titles are planned for redesigned editions
  • Advertising and co-op in Canada and the US
  • Tote bags for ALA Annual
  • Read-aloud e-books available through Open Road Integrated Media
  • Over 5 million copies of the Paper Bag Princess in print

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.

“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

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

- The Horn Book, 09/18/20

“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

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Also Available

Stephanie's Ponytail Robert Munsch 9781550374841 $7.95 CAD Sep 01, 1996
Thomas' Snowsuit Robert Munsch 9780920303337 $7.95 CAD Jun 01, 1985
The Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch 9780920236161 $7.95 CAD May 01, 1980

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