Sunday 17 January 2021

The Paper Bag Princess


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Scholastic) RRP HB $17.99

ISBN 9781760974602

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

The Paper Bag Princess has turned 40! It is cause for celebration that Elizabeth, the fearless heroine, continues to inspire children all over the world to recognise their self-worth, stand up for themselves and not let anyone or anything drag them down.

Elizabeth, a beautiful princess, once lived in a castle and was set to marry a prince named Ronald. Plans changed when a dragon burnt her castle to the ground and took Ronald away. Amongst the devastation and destruction, loyal Elizabeth found a paper bag to wear and set off to save her fianc√©. Elizabeth, persistent in her quest, eventually outwits the dragon to come to Ronald’s aid. Ungrateful Ronald is less than impressed with the princess’s dishevelled appearance and demands she comes back when she has smartened herself up. Elizabeth then does the only thing a strong independent woman should do…

This 40th anniversary hardback edition includes a foreword by Chelsea Clinton and a reflection by Robert’s wife, Ann, about how the story was born. The Paper Bag Princess is highly recommended for children aged 4 years and over.

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