The Paper Bag Princess

by Robert N. Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

A dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns her clothes, and kidnaps her betrothed. Undaunted, she puts on a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and Prince Ronald.

A dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns her clothes with his fiery breath, and kidnaps her betrothed. Undaunted, she puts on a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and Prince Ronald. Once she's tracked down the devilish reptile, she flatters him into performing all sorts of dragonly stunts that eventually exhaust him, allowing her to find the prince. But he just isn't interested in being rescued by someone so smelly and raggedy.  Too bad.

Scratchy, comical, pen-and-ink drawings capture the tongue-in-cheek quality of this delightful read-aloud. The final illustration of Elizabeth leaping joyfully in the sunshine puts the exclamation mark to this celebration of the feisty female.