The Paper Bag Princess

Paperback | May 1, 1980

byRobert MunschIllustratorMichael Martchenko

not yet rated|write a review

This bestselling modern classic features a princess who rescues a very snooty—and ungrateful—prince.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$5.22 online
$7.95 list price (save 34%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From Our Editors

The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In a 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.

From the Publisher

This bestselling modern classic features a princess who rescues a very snooty—and ungrateful—prince.

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied to be a Jesuit priest, but decided to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!). Michael Martchenk...

other books by Robert Munsch

Love You Forever
Love You Forever

Paperback|Sep 1 1995

$3.54 online$5.95list price(save 40%)

Paperback|May 1 1985

$5.71 online$7.95list price(save 28%)
The Munschworks Grand Treasury
The Munschworks Grand Treasury

Hardcover|Sep 1 2001

$37.63 online$45.00list price(save 16%)
see all books by Robert Munsch
Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8.01 × 8.03 × 0.08 inPublished:May 1, 1980Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0920236162

ISBN - 13:9780920236161

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great 'girl' book. I have purchased,over the years, a number of copies of this book in English and in Spanish and I have given them to girls of all ages. When I do this, I suggest that those between 5 and 10 years of age read it a few times per year, those from 11 to their early teens at least once per month and those from about 18 to their mid 20's once per week. The latter may be a little overboard but many girls in that age group need this message. The story is fantastic and the last couple of lines spoken by Elizabeth are priceless. Robert Munsch's books usually carry some very good, universal messages that can be understood at various age levels.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! My daughter can't get enough of the wonderful pictures in this book!
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size for sending through the mail! I just bought this product and it's the perfect size for sending through the mail. My friend did a play of the paper bag princess when we were in our drama class. She lives in germany so I'm so glad that they printed this size of book because now I can send it to her. And the printing is large enough to read even considering the size.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still my favourite Munsch book This book was amazing when I was a child and continues to be an amazing book for young girls, boys and everyone in between.
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I'm not a Robert Munsch fan, but I do like this story! Not your typical princess- getting- rescued- by- valiant- prince story. Refreshing! Girl power1
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Children's Book I have never read this as a child and my daughter wanted it for christmas.  We finally read this story and I loved it, not an ordinary princess story but a good one. 
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your ordinary princess story! One day a dragon took the princae and someone needs to save him. Who will save him? Who? Did he marry the person who saved him? I wonder. This story is for parents and girls. Boys will probably not like it too much. :)
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Classic Munsch" Absolutely one of my all time favourites! As an ECE teacher I can honestly say that this adventurous story has been read over and over to many children. Children love it and it's a must have for any teacher, parent and child. I love that there is a hidden lesson to be learned from this story and it is one that I discuss with the children after every time I read it, and that is that it does not matter what you look like, people should like you for who you are. Elizabeth who is the princess in the story goes out of her way to save her prince and when she goes through all the trouble of being faced with a dragon and finally finds the prince he tells her to come back when she looks like a real princess. She decides that he wasn't worth all that trouble and says "Ronald," said Elizabeth, "your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum." He should have been grateful for all she had done for him. I recommend any Robert Munsch story they are always full of life and so fun to read. If you have not read this story yet, pick one up soon!
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Munsch's wonderful book This was the first Munsch book that I bought and I quickly went out and bought a whole load more. He's an excellent writer with a wonderful range of stories and a beautifully simple and fluid style of writing that is both accessible to children and able to roll off the tongue of most adults. As you'll see from the other reviews here, this tale is about a young girl who, filled with nothing but courage, charity and a fair bit of brains, goes off to rescue a young prince from a ferocious dragon. After using all of her cunning to defeat the dragon she discovers that the prince is a bit of a monster himself, and so she decides not to marry him after all. Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to (it's still a happy ending, just a different one) and that sometimes a twist can be more satisfying anyway. Highly recommended for children from 3 to 103
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Because we can all be girls at heart sometimes... This book helped my mother to get over a bad breakup with her very own "Prince Ronald". This book has the power to teach young girls to stand up for themselves, which is - unfortunately - so critical in society today. I believe that every little girl, teenager, and women should read this book over and over again.
Date published: 2006-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Munsch book I saw this play when I was a kid and I love the book!!
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAVOURITE Robert Munsch book! An empowering tale! Finally a book where the hero is a girl! And an independent one at that. Princess Elizabeth doesn't need an unappreciative prince in her life...if only older "girls" see the simple logic of Elizabeth. A must-read not only for little girls, but little boys as well.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touch of Reality Robert Munsch creates a wonderful story using the usual characters you would see in any old fairy tale.Then he uses his brand of humour to twist things into a brilliantly funny story with an unexpected ending. Great for all children.
Date published: 2003-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Your Regular Happy Ever After Robert Munch's "The Paper Bag Princess" is an elementry school classic. He tells the story of a whitty princess, a mean and powerfull dragon and a stuck up prince with a subtle twist on the happy ever after ending. A wonderful story written with typical Munch humour. Written so that even an every day reader can bring the story to life using silly character voices and simple hand gestures. Kids love it because it's funny and parents love it because it teaches children to use your imagination when faced with an obstacle and the importance of inner beauty. A story so good it can even keep the attention of a young, attention deficite, energetic audience. Although it's written for young children, it's a great read for all ages.
Date published: 2000-12-29