superdumb supervillain: Paper Bag Princess

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Paper Bag Princess

Sorry for the absence of posting this week. Roo started preschool four mornings a week in a new classroom, with a new teacher, followed by swim lessons. It's been a busy, busy week here at the old homestead. This coincides with the weather getting unbearably hot (94ยบ right now and balmy) and my introduction to the glories of ankle swelling, which I was miraculously spared from during my last pregnancy. I had no idea my ankles could get so, uh, round.

Anyway, Bob and I hit a couple of yard sales between preschool drop-off and swim class. A couple of He-man bad guys for Roo's collection, some clothes, a post hole digger, assorted files and a trunkful of Pyrex ware. Woo-hoo, I am so set to be the queen of casseroles. Feel free to send me your recipes, I am feeling super freezer-friendly these days since it's too hot to actually cook over the stove.

My favorite purchase today was this book for a quarter:

I am sure many of you have heard of this already, since it does have the air of an instant classic, but I don't remember it from my youth. (I know I am older than the hills but it lists the publish date as 1980, so it should have been in libraries when I was still in elementary school...) I was totally blown away by how cool it was when I read it to Roo pre-nap. I bought it because it had a dragon on it but was amused by its premise. The dragon burns down the princess' castle, including all her fancy schmancy clothes, and kidnaps her betrothed prince. So she dons a paper bag (the only unscorched thing she could find) and sets out to rescue him. Bla bla bla, she tricks the dragon, saves the prince only to have him criticize her slovenly appearance. So she dumps him. End of story. How cool is that?!

More info at author Robert Munsch's page.


  1. Hi, found your blog randomly... The author is Canadian so that would maybe explain why he wasn't so famous in the states a few years ago. If you go to his website - you can listen to Robert Munsch tell the stories himself. My kids love to listen to him read the story after I do, he is an amazing story teller!

  2. One of my favorite children's authors and all time favorite books. Can you believe there is controversy about this book.

    Check this out:

  3. Wow, that book banning stuff is freaky! In a sick way, I have to admit that it's nice to know that Canadians are just as psychotic as Americans on occasion...


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