This book was supposed to end with a punch. In the initial draft Elizabeth ended up punching Prince Ronald in the nose. Unfortunately Michael Martchenko‘s illustration highlighted how violent this was, and instead Princess Elizabeth calls him a bum. Well, if you’re in the US she calls him a bum. In England, Australia, New Zealand and some editions in Canada, she calls him a toad. Either way, the Paper Bag Princess is one of my favorite picture books by Robert Munsch. I just love a spunky heroine.
The Paper Bag Princess, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board