The Paper Bag Princess

Since Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko’s book has become something of a kindergarten classic, I’ve avoided reviewing it until now, but it is my absolute, all-time favorite princess story. Elizabeth, the main character, is the Anti-Disney:  she is neither frilly nor saccharine nor trussed up in pastels. Instead, she is brave, courageous, clever, and independent. After a dragon burns down her castle and carries off her fiance, presumably for dinner, Elizabeth tosses on the first thing she can find — a paper bag — and heroically ventures to the dragon’s cave where she outwits the dragon and rescues Prince Ronald. Rather than being grateful, however, Ronald is shocked by her appearance and declares, “Elizabeth, you are a mess!” Elizabeth realizes that Ronald is not worth the effort and ventures off into the sunset — alone — leaving Ronald behind. Go, Elizabeth! Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: two jelly jars. This is a book that you read for the story. If you like it, also check out The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie di Paola.

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~ by kaychubbuck on March 17, 2011.

3 Responses to “The Paper Bag Princess”

  1. […] Written in the same vein as one of James’ and my all-time favorites, The Paper Bag Princess, it features an inexperienced knight and a tender young dragon who decide they have to fight each other […]

  2. I, too, love The Paper Bag Princess. It’s such a welcome change from the princess culture, even though it’s not a new book.

  3. […] Also see The Paper Bag Princess and The Knight and the Dragon […]

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