Open Road Integrated Media and Annick Press Launch New Ebook Publishing Partnership With Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess

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Open Road Media and Annick Press announce the release of notable picture books from four award-winning authors.

“I told two new stories every day,” says children’s book author Robert Munsch. “And after about two years I had fifteen stories that I remembered because the kids asked for them all the time.”

Open Road Media and Annick Press announce the release of notable picture books from four award-winning authors: Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, an international bestselling modern classic about a princess who rescues a very snooty and ungrateful prince; Roslyn Schwartz’s The Mole Sisters series, picture books about two unfailingly optimistic, resourceful, and confident sisters; Kathy Stinson’s preschooler classics Red is Best and A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It; and Hazel Hutchins’ simple, lyrical stories, Mattland and Together.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

In this classic feminist picture book, which has over twelve million copies in print, Princess Elizabeth plans on marrying Prince Ronald, until a dragon arrives and destroys her kingdom, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes so that she has no choice but to wear a paper bag. Elizabeth outsmarts the dragon and rescues Ronald, who is ungrateful and tells her to return when she looks more like a princess. Elizabeth realizes that she is better off without Ronald and sets off into the sunset to live her own life.

“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls—like The Paper Bag Princess.”
—The New York Times

“The story of the princess Elizabeth who outsmarts a dragon and puts down a prince has stolen the hearst of many.” —Kirkus

“In terms of sheer love…sheer devotion of the readership…I don’t think anyone holds a candle to this tale.”
—School Library Journal

The Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Schwartz

The Mole Sisters series has become a favorite of children and parents. The Mole Sisters’ positive approach to life and unrelenting optimism appeals to all ages. The series now includes ten titles.

“The Mole Sisters are unfailingly optimistic, eager, and confident. They are my new role models.” —Sarah Ellis, author, critic

“Schwartz packs a lot of fuzzy warmth into these small, square packages ... the Mole Sisters’ enthusiasm and zest for life shine through in a big way.”—Booklist

Red is Best and A Pocket Can Have A Treasure in It by Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson’s classic tale of one toddler’s obstinate color preference has been charming readers for over twenty-five years. With over 275,000 copies in print, Red is Best has steadily marched on to become a children’s perennial favorite. Now a new generation of readers can discover Stinson’s insistent young heroine, aptly captured in the simple drawings by Robin Baird Lewis, each punctuated by vivid red.

For one little girl, a day on the farm is full of familiar sights that lead to the unexpected. The barn has a horse in it . . . just like a house can have a “me” in it. A sock can’t have a head it in, but it can have a toe in it. A pond can even have a splash in it. Best of all, when Mommy comes home, she has a blanket that has a wiggle in it—a brand new baby.

Mattland and Together by Hazel Hutchins

Mattland, written in collaboration with Hutchins’ friend Gail Herbert, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Alberta Literary Award. It describes a lonely young boy’s afternoon playing in an empty field, where he discovers the fun of building an imaginary city from the most basic tools at hand—and when some new friends pitch in to help, his world goes from dull to dazzling.

“[Mattland] has much to offer those who find themselves in a new place, and to creative souls needing inspiration … eloquent and beautifully illustrated …”—School Library Journal, starred review

Hutchins’ latest title, Together, combines the best features of Hazel’s writing: a simple, lyrical text that is completely tuned in to a child’s world. The story explores the concept of what-goes-with-what: whether it’s buttons that keep your shirt together, or shoelaces that keep your feet in your shoes. As young children struggle, literally, with keeping it all together, here’s the book to help them from coming undone, blowing away or falling apart. From getting dressed at the start of the day to leaving school at the end, there is plenty of opportunity throughout the story to make connections.

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