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The Story Behind the Story

by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Gold Award Winner, National Parenting Publications Awards Our Choice List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Silver Birch Express Award nomination

The book was an instant success and has since sold millions of copies in dozens of languages all over the world.

To celebrate the 25th birthday of this modern classic, Annick presents the familiar story of The Paper Bag Princess along with more than 30 pages of never-before published behind-the-scenes features all presented in a new bigger format. Jump into The Paper Bag Princess 25th Anniversary Edition and learn the story behind the story.

Discover how Munsch—once on a path to becoming a priest—became one of the most famous children’s authors of all time. Learn how an extra space on a gallery wall landed Martchenko his first, and most legendary, children’s book gig ever. Meet the real Elizabeth and see what she’s up to today.

You’ll also find never-before published sketches and paintings that take you through the process of the book’s creation. Further sections explore the book’s critical success, international popularity, and responses from fans old and new, including some who’ll surprise you.

Whether you’re a long-time admirer or only just discovering The Paper Bag Princess this very special edition is sure to capture your heart more than any flashy prince ever could.


“A well deserved celebration.”
—Montreal Gazette

“A perfect opportunity to re-visit the well-loved story . . . Highly Recommended.”
—CM Reviews, 9/05

“A giddy celebration.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 11/05

“A perfect birthday celebration!”
—Brandon Sun, 10/10/05

“The book teaches that change is healthy and that personal integrity is admirable.”
—Resource Links, 12/05


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