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This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!


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This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

30 review for The Runaway Princess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The weird tone of this book won me over. It collects three adventures of Princess Robin of Seddenga (Rouge in the original French) as she deals with kidnappers, a witch, and pirates. It seems like it should be pretty standard kid stuff, but the tales unfold in a goofy, seat-of-the-pants manner and occasionally stop to invite readers to solve an activities page puzzle or move the book in a particular way. Quirkiness abounds: the moai statues of Easter Island show up and talk; the pirates, for no The weird tone of this book won me over. It collects three adventures of Princess Robin of Seddenga (Rouge in the original French) as she deals with kidnappers, a witch, and pirates. It seems like it should be pretty standard kid stuff, but the tales unfold in a goofy, seat-of-the-pants manner and occasionally stop to invite readers to solve an activities page puzzle or move the book in a particular way. Quirkiness abounds: the moai statues of Easter Island show up and talk; the pirates, for no explained reason, sail on a full-sized ship in a bottle; King Croesus and the Gingerbread House make appearances. It's all odd, but enjoyable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Absolute. Pure. Magic. I was instantly drawn in by Johan Troianowskis art style. Its quirky, bright, and was the perfect way to bring the story to life. The characters were adorable. Robin was hilarious and full of spunk while also being completely endearing. She very easily stole the show but the band of brothers she befriended were also special. Not all of them spoke much but they each had specific identifiable traits that This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Absolute. Pure. Magic. I was instantly drawn in by Johan Troianowski’s art style. It’s quirky, bright, and was the perfect way to bring the story to life. The characters were adorable. Robin was hilarious and full of spunk while also being completely endearing. She very easily stole the show but the band of brothers she befriended were also special. Not all of them spoke much but they each had specific identifiable traits that helped them stand apart. One of my favorite parts about the entire thing was that it was interactive. This is something I would have been all over as a kid and even as an adult it sparked some joy. The reader is asked to shake the book three times before turning the page to help Robin escape a wolf, use their finger to help the characters find their way through a maze, search for a missing character on a crowded page, and so much more. The Runaway Princess is truly special. Between great humor and being able to help the characters on their wacky adventures – readers of all ages will find themselves unable to put this book down. A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Miller

    A beautifully illustrated book of stories with fun interactive elements. There's something that feels very classical about the way this book is written-- While the characters are charming, it feels like their personal growth and emotions are not the center of the story, but instead the main focus is on their adventures and the strange, exotic lands they explore. While reading, I was reminded in equal parts of Tintin and of the meandering bedtime stories my mom would tell me when I was little and A beautifully illustrated book of stories with fun interactive elements. There's something that feels very classical about the way this book is written-- While the characters are charming, it feels like their personal growth and emotions are not the center of the story, but instead the main focus is on their adventures and the strange, exotic lands they explore. While reading, I was reminded in equal parts of Tintin and of the meandering bedtime stories my mom would tell me when I was little and trying to fall asleep. A pleasant combination!

  4. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    DNF @ 19% Perfect for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn? I think not. This is neither clever nor particularly entertaining. It's way too long, aimed at the wrong age group, and is so nonsensical (the queen freaking flies!) that it's hard to take seriously. The author obviously loves Lewis Carroll's work, and the homage to absurdity is clear. But if I'm reading a book where a princess supposedly upends social conventions and runs off to have her own adventure, I except more than the sexualizing of DNF @ 19% Perfect for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn? I think not. This is neither clever nor particularly entertaining. It's way too long, aimed at the wrong age group, and is so nonsensical (the queen freaking flies!) that it's hard to take seriously. The author obviously loves Lewis Carroll's work, and the homage to absurdity is clear. But if I'm reading a book where a princess supposedly upends social conventions and runs off to have her own adventure, I except more than the sexualizing of children and the standard "boy saves girl" trope. It seemed to take me forever to get almost 1/5 of the way through this 272-page monster, which brings me to my main complaint. This is way too long for a children's graphic novel. And it's clearly aimed at children. There are all these little "interactive" bits where kids are supposed to solve puzzles or randomly shout a character's name as loud as they can (which I'm sure unsuspecting parents will appreciate). The age group that this feature will appeal to is not the same one that's ready to tackle books that are almost 300 pages long. The final straw for me was when Robin was kidnapped. Her kidnappers are hapless and useless, but that's beside the point. She actually joins forces with them, and promotes their music group. Call it a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. Call it an excuse for child trafficking. Whatever it is, it has no place in a children's book. If you want interactive picture books, go read Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter. If you want graphic novels for kids that aren't insufferably trite, try Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson or The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Endearing and engaging! This new graphic novel is just delightful. The colors are brilliant and little Robin shines as the main star of the three stories inside. Sprinkled throughout are puzzles and interactive pages for the readers to participate in the story. As I was reading the first story I was reminded of "The Little Prince" and then shortly thereafter there was a direct reference in the narrative to that classic. The author borrows bits from many other stories making it a charming mish Endearing and engaging! This new graphic novel is just delightful. The colors are brilliant and little Robin shines as the main star of the three stories inside. Sprinkled throughout are puzzles and interactive pages for the readers to participate in the story. As I was reading the first story I was reminded of "The Little Prince" and then shortly thereafter there was a direct reference in the narrative to that classic. The author borrows bits from many other stories making it a charming mish mash with something for everyone. A big thank you to Random House Graphic for a paperback ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cass Moskowitz

    This is such a great graphic novel for younger readers. The story itself is engaging and the characters are super fun, plus there's an interactive element to the book that's cute and made the read that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend this for any young readers you might know.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Selwa

    Cute, but not particularly amazing in my opinion. I feel like the whole princess don't go on adventures, princesses stay home and are obedient! isn't really shown in the book (unless you're looking at the back copy). This is a kid who likes to go on adventures, and that's fine, but I don't really feel like she's shown to be different (and that's fine, too!), despite what it says on the back cover. Anyway, illustrations are cute, and I guess it's cute how the reader gets included in the Cute, but not particularly amazing in my opinion. I feel like the whole princess don't go on adventures, princesses stay home and are obedient! isn't really shown in the book (unless you're looking at the back copy). This is a kid who likes to go on adventures, and that's fine, but I don't really feel like she's shown to be different (and that's fine, too!), despite what it says on the back cover. Anyway, illustrations are cute, and I guess it's cute how the reader gets included in the happenings of the story. Stories were whimsical. Here's a good review: https://aux.avclub.com/random-house-g...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Absolutely amazingly delightful! Middle grade Beautiful Darkness meets Over the Garden Wall with a heavy dose of Glister. Geniusly and perfecly interactive.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Null

    This is the first graphic novel in the Random House Graphic imprint debuting January 2020. This book is actually 3 stories in 1! The style and some of the characters remind me of Kerascoet's work. This is like if Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann was made for kids and no one died haha. This graphic novel is also interactive and not just in a choose your own adventure type way but there are mini puzzles and mazes scattered throughout. They are few and far between and feel well thought-out. This is the first graphic novel in the Random House Graphic imprint debuting January 2020. This book is actually 3 stories in 1! The style and some of the characters remind me of Kerascoet's work. This is like if Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann was made for kids and no one died haha. This graphic novel is also interactive and not just in a choose your own adventure type way but there are mini puzzles and mazes scattered throughout. They are few and far between and feel well thought-out. Super excited to get this into the hands of readers and for the rest of the debut list for Random House Graphic!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Parisot

    The Runaway Princess is a charming graphic novel for middle-grade readers. Princess Robin has a total of three extraordinary adventures in this book. She along with her four new friends will get to see the wildly fanciful Aquatic Circus, find themselves on the run from the Autumn Witch in the Kingdom of Darkness and finally end up stranded on an island where theyre aided by Professor Dandelion in escaping the clutches of a group of pirates. Winsomely illustrated with a briskly paced plot, its an “The Runaway Princess” is a charming graphic novel for middle-grade readers. Princess Robin has a total of three extraordinary adventures in this book. She along with her four new friends will get to see the wildly fanciful Aquatic Circus, find themselves on the run from the Autumn Witch in the Kingdom of Darkness and finally end up stranded on an island where they’re aided by Professor Dandelion in escaping the clutches of a group of pirates. Winsomely illustrated with a briskly paced plot, it’s an interactive story where the reader is asked repeatedly to help advance the story whether it’s to follow a maze, complete a dot-to-dot or to shake the book up and down. A totally FUN and entertaining read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    The illustrations are amazing but the story is really no story and meanders. Some puzzles are included in the drawings. Not that interesting except for the illustrations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Really unique, not like anything else I've seen lately. The kids will enjoy it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hebah

    This definitely skews toward the younger end of middle grade graphic novels, but it was so vibrant and colorful and exuberant that I had fun on the ride. I really enjoyed how the story broke the fourth wall from time to time to ask the reader to do things that would help the characters get out of perilous situations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna D.

    Delightful fun for readers of all ages! The Runaway Princess is just that, short stories about a princess who finds herself on grand adventures as the result of (sometimes unintentionally) running away. In addition to the drawings, silly situations and quirky characters, I especially love the interactive elements. The reader is occasionally asked to help our intrepid adventurers, leading to book flipping or shaking, completing mazes or connecting the dots. Its a joyful experience - and with Delightful fun for readers of all ages! The Runaway Princess is just that, short stories about a princess who finds herself on grand adventures as the result of (sometimes unintentionally) running away. In addition to the drawings, silly situations and quirky characters, I especially love the interactive elements. The reader is occasionally asked to help our intrepid adventurers, leading to book flipping or shaking, completing mazes or connecting the dots. It’s a joyful experience - and with three short and colorful adventures in one volume, and stories tailored to the interests of both boys and girls, all readers both big and small can enjoy The Runaway Princess.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Zisman

    When I stole away from the sales floor for a quiet moment with our ARCs, my eyes struck upon the brilliant colors and fanciful cartooning of a comic album before finally settling on its title: The Runaway Princess. A princess with the same free spirit and rebellious nature as the titular character in The Paper Bag Princess? She was someone I could get behind. Borrowing from the likes of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, writer and illustrator Johan Troïanowski When I stole away from the sales floor for a quiet moment with our ARCs, my eyes struck upon the brilliant colors and fanciful cartooning of a comic album before finally settling on its title: The Runaway Princess. A princess with the same free spirit and rebellious nature as the titular character in The Paper Bag Princess? She was someone I could get behind. Borrowing from the likes of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, writer and illustrator Johan Troïanowski introduces us to Princess Robin, our incautiously optimistic heroine who falls heart-first into every adventure. Whether winding her way through a forest of ogres and gnomes, attending an "aquatic carnival" of sirens and sea serpents suspended in water droplets, or navigating by firefly glow through the Autumn Witch's Kingdom of Darkness, Robin greets each challenge with a warm welcome, boundless curiosity, and resolute courage. Troïanowski composes The Runaway Princess with three twisting, turning narrative arcs and asks us to enter his world of strange logic and magical beasts with the same wild abandon as his main cast of characters. Wild, too, are his stylistic decisions for illustration. Troïanowski draws his characters with a huge-eyed cartoonishness similar to French comic artists Kerascöet (Beautiful Darkness). With unrestrained color yet sensitive expression, his ink, crayon, and watercolor drawings evoke warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia to renew our childlike wonder over portals into secondary worlds. He also uniquely approaches the comics medium by having Robin implore readers to solve brain teasers that are obstacles to her path forward, which gives us a roleplaying opportunity to interact with the characters and their environment. Like his artwork, Troïanowski's well-timed puzzles maintain the integrity of his rich and engaging storytelling while also immersing us further into the fantastic. The Runaway Princess, with its pay-it-forward courage and kindness, belongs in every runaway’s bindle.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one is a 3.5 for me. I found it refreshingly original with a princess who heads off on her own adventures and saves herself rather than waiting for some prince to come along and do it for her. Originally published in French in three different books, this collection follows the curious Robin as she heads off on various adventures that the usual princesses would avoid. In the first story, because she takes a shortcut to the Aquatic Carnival, she meets four boys who've been abandoned in the This one is a 3.5 for me. I found it refreshingly original with a princess who heads off on her own adventures and saves herself rather than waiting for some prince to come along and do it for her. Originally published in French in three different books, this collection follows the curious Robin as she heads off on various adventures that the usual princesses would avoid. In the first story, because she takes a shortcut to the Aquatic Carnival, she meets four boys who've been abandoned in the woods and end up accompanying her to the carnival. Although she's kidnapped, she even manages to turn that around to her advantage. In the other stories she meets a witch who seems to be a friend, encounters some desperate pirates intent on finding treasure, and makes friends with an inventor and some Doodlers who end up coming home with her. The artwork is colorful and fills the pages with detail, and there is even an interactive element to some of the pages with readers being asked to turn pages quietly so as not to disturb other characters or hold the book vertically or even figure out which path the characters should take. When readers finally meet Robin's father, they will understand why she behaves as she does. Readers will hope for more illustrated stories from this author/illustrator. Even while fourth and fifth graders will be able to appreciate the book, older readers will also find enjoyment in its contents.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    There's simply too many adventures to stay at home all day! Princess Robin embarks on three different journeys in this translated graphic novel, each one more fanciful than the last with enchanting music, underground mazes, magical creatures, and more for an imaginative book. Readers will know what kind of book they're in for after turning the title page to see a cute surprise: the word "Princess" has already run away from the title! Troïanowski cleverly incorporates traditional elements from There's simply too many adventures to stay at home all day! Princess Robin embarks on three different journeys in this translated graphic novel, each one more fanciful than the last with enchanting music, underground mazes, magical creatures, and more for an imaginative book. Readers will know what kind of book they're in for after turning the title page to see a cute surprise: the word "Princess" has already run away from the title! Troïanowski cleverly incorporates traditional elements from fairy tales (a kidnapped princess or a gingerbread house, for example) and turns them on their head for original outcomes and silly moments. Each story has a similar structure, ensuring a happy ending, but introduces a variety of supporting characters, settings, and conflicts that become increasingly imaginative. In addition, readers are asked to actively participate at several points in each story by shaking the book to make the trees fall down, finding the correct path in a cave, or even tilting the book to make the villains fall of a cliff. Kids who have been growing up with an increasing amount of interactive picture books will delight in these small requests. The first story is meandering (figuratively and literally) as our heroine finds her way to, through, and away from a local carnival. This slow start doesn't show the best of Troïanowski's work but it's quickly forgotten (for better or worse) by the time the next adventure begins.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CR

    Anarece 5 Stars This 8-12 graphic novel works great for that age group. I finished this one in about 30 minutes or so. My favorite character was Robin because, she found the people and was smart enough to help them get our of the forest. This was a very fast paced story and I want to read more! Christian 4 stars Even though this book is made for girls I still liked it. I thought that the pictures were cute and the story was an easy read. I really loved that this book had mini activities through Anarece 5 Stars This 8-12 graphic novel works great for that age group. I finished this one in about 30 minutes or so. My favorite character was Robin because, she found the people and was smart enough to help them get our of the forest. This was a very fast paced story and I want to read more! Christian 4 stars Even though this book is made for girls I still liked it. I thought that the pictures were cute and the story was an easy read. I really loved that this book had mini activities through out it. That was something I had never seen before. I really liked the witch and the colors!! Alexis 3 stars The artwork in this 8-12 middle grade graphic novel was vibrant and the story was easy to read. I think that this book would be better suited for kids that are closer to the age 8 vs. 12. I am also 13 and parts of it were a little too fast to really tell the story. I wished that it would have had a little more story. I did think it was neat that this story was set into three parts which was kind of cool.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    It's not often I come across kids' comics that are unique, funny, have substance, and excellent artwork in such equal amounts as The Runaway Princess. This collects a handful of separate adventures of the wayward princess, translated from the French. It's definitely odd but draws inspiration from the likes of Wizard of Oz (the books, not the movie) so it's not out in left field. And it's got that slightly dry European humor that I love so much. One really unique feature is puzzles and mazes It's not often I come across kids' comics that are unique, funny, have substance, and excellent artwork in such equal amounts as The Runaway Princess. This collects a handful of separate adventures of the wayward princess, translated from the French. It's definitely odd but draws inspiration from the likes of Wizard of Oz (the books, not the movie) so it's not out in left field. And it's got that slightly dry European humor that I love so much. One really unique feature is puzzles and mazes scattered throughout that encourage reader participation (the "dear reader" is addressed directly in these instances), enough to be interesting but it's not overdone at all. And the librarian in me appreciates the author's encouragement to use tracing paper rather than writing in the book. The art is stylistic but compatible with the humor and overall tone. This kind of thing usually appeals to a more niche audience, but it's excellently done and I hope it finds an audience here in the states.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kend

    For a youngish middle grade or junior fiction reader, I'm guessing this would be an absolute delight. As a thirty-something, I enjoyed it thoroughly at least, even though there were certain elements (a maze you trace with your finger, or a "can you spot [x] in this crowd?" look-and-find activity, or a set of icy slides you must navigate before turning the page) that cropped up five or so times in this graphic novel that would indicate the target audience is somewhat younger than myself. That For a youngish middle grade or junior fiction reader, I'm guessing this would be an absolute delight. As a thirty-something, I enjoyed it thoroughly at least, even though there were certain elements (a maze you trace with your finger, or a "can you spot [x] in this crowd?" look-and-find activity, or a set of icy slides you must navigate before turning the page) that cropped up five or so times in this graphic novel that would indicate the target audience is somewhat younger than myself. That said, the art is eye-popping and fun, and the plots of the three main sections of the book are entertaining and generally empowering. I'd summarize them as "a princess with supportive parents who makes some new friends and has some hijinks while trying to get home after becoming lost." They're not particularly preachy or moralistic in tone, but I'm one who appreciates a good straightforward adventure seeded with interesting characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G Robin runs away from her princess etiquette class to attend a festival in another part of the kingdom, making friends along the way. After returning to the castle, Princess Robin stumbles upon more adventures near and far. Help her escape evil witches, find her way through mazes, and more, so she and her friends can get safely home -- again! Princess Robin's adventures are a delight to read! While they don't use much logic, I see their Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G Robin runs away from her princess etiquette class to attend a festival in another part of the kingdom, making friends along the way. After returning to the castle, Princess Robin stumbles upon more adventures near and far. Help her escape evil witches, find her way through mazes, and more, so she and her friends can get safely home -- again! Princess Robin's adventures are a delight to read! While they don't use much logic, I see their nonsensical nature as a strength. With the book encouraging silliness, readers' imaginations are freed from normal bounds and allowed to accept the unexpected surprises Troianowski offers. My favorite parts are the interactive bits -- I got funny looks for going along with the instructions, but helping the princess and her friends gave me so much joy that I didn't care! Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski is a delight in so many ways. First of all, it is beautifully illustrated. The colors are so bright and fun and amplify the story. This is about a princess who both intentionally and accidentally finds adventures. What's really great is that there are opportunities built in for the readers to complete activities as part of the story. For a kid, this adds a layer of cool to the story. More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski is a delight in so many ways. First of all, it is beautifully illustrated. The colors are so bright and fun and amplify the story. This is about a princess who both intentionally and accidentally finds adventures. What's really great is that there are opportunities built in for the readers to complete activities as part of the story. For a kid, this adds a layer of cool to the story. Y'all, this was such a fun blend of humor with a wonderful heroine. Robin is a princess with heart and attitude. She finds friends and quite the cast of characters along the way as she travels to all the places. Visually and with the story, this one was a spin on fairy tales and fantasy that just made me smile. Thanks to RH Graphic for the early look at this January 2020 release!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    I had a book to review the other week that was for the very young, and which delighted me in the way you had to shake the book, turn it any which way, and generally goof about with it to have fun and allegedly to generate the story as you went along. It was a wonderful ten pages. This is the same, but padded out (and padded out and padded out) to almost three hundred. Three hundred not particularly attractive pages, featuring a boring princess character on her solo mission to go wherever she I had a book to review the other week that was for the very young, and which delighted me in the way you had to shake the book, turn it any which way, and generally goof about with it to have fun and allegedly to generate the story as you went along. It was a wonderful ten pages. This is the same, but padded out (and padded out… and padded out…) to almost three hundred. Three hundred not particularly attractive pages, featuring a boring princess character on her solo mission to go wherever she feels like, but hey – at least you get to shout at the book, lead her and her friends through mazes, and so on. Nice ideas, but not original ones, and boy what a lumpen execution. It might have perked up for the second and third sections, but reading what was a standalone opening story when first published (in French) was more than enough for me. One and a half stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    Thank you to RH Graphic for the ARC! This book was adorable, and so much fun! I think the art was probably my favorite element, because its so colorful and really provides a strong sense of setting for the story. Robin, the aforementioned princess of the title, finds herself getting lost over and over again (sometimes on purpose, sometimes not), and she ends up going on all kinds of adventures around her magical world. She meets new friends (and some enemies!), and also helps plenty of people Thank you to RH Graphic for the ARC! This book was adorable, and so much fun! I think the art was probably my favorite element, because it’s so colorful and really provides a strong sense of setting for the story. Robin, the aforementioned princess of the title, finds herself getting lost over and over again (sometimes on purpose, sometimes not), and she ends up going on all kinds of adventures around her magical world. She meets new friends (and some enemies!), and also helps plenty of people along the way. I also loved the interactive bits! I think that would be a huge potential draw for some of those more reluctant readers. This book is perfect for middle grade readers, and would probably be interesting to older readers as well, especially those interested in unique styles of drawing. I will definitively be buying this for my library when it comes out in January!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    On one hand, this is kind of a fun read and the interactive elements are fun and unique. The art is kind of love it or hate it. It's colorful, but it's also very stylized, in an intentionally childish sort of way. But I don't get why this is a 300 page book. It seems this was originally published as three different graphic novels, and it probably should have been again. 300 pages can be a lot to ask from the target audience, especially when they stories don't really have much to do with each On one hand, this is kind of a fun read and the interactive elements are fun and unique. The art is kind of love it or hate it. It's colorful, but it's also very stylized, in an intentionally childish sort of way. But I don't get why this is a 300 page book. It seems this was originally published as three different graphic novels, and it probably should have been again. 300 pages can be a lot to ask from the target audience, especially when they stories don't really have much to do with each other. And while I don't think everything in children's literature needs to teach a good lesson, I'm a little dubious about the wisdom of a plotline where the main character is kidnapped but the kidnappers just want to have fun in a book for this age group.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Run to the bookstore and pick up this utterly charming and oh-so lively, new graphic novel. THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troïanowski is an adorable romp through a magical, vivid world where imagination runs wild and anything is possible. Robin, a fiery, friendly, and curious princess seeks adventure beyond the castle walls and her escapades are full of whimsy, quirky characters, and peculiar yet gorgeous scenery. Troïanowskis playful art is enhanced by a bright, welcoming color palette that Run to the bookstore and pick up this utterly charming and oh-so lively, new graphic novel. THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troïanowski is an adorable romp through a magical, vivid world where imagination runs wild and anything is possible. Robin, a fiery, friendly, and curious princess seeks adventure beyond the castle walls and her escapades are full of whimsy, quirky characters, and peculiar yet gorgeous scenery. Troïanowski’s playful art is enhanced by a bright, welcoming color palette that pops with excitement. What’s most intriguing is the clever and amusing interactive prompts that invite you to help Robin and her friends when they get in a little over their heads. THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS will surely delight and engage readers as they escape to a far off land full of wonder and fun!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy Formanski Duffy

    Princess Robin runs away into the forest and meets orphan brothers Paul, Matt, Lee, and Omar. Together they share three adventures where they meet an ogre, an autumn witch, and pirates. The detailed comic panels are hand-drawn and painted in vibrant colors. The story is interactive, with pages that ask the reader to shake the book, find the way out of a maze in the forest, connect the dots to form a creature, or find one of the characters on a "Wheres Waldo" type page. It's almost like an Princess Robin runs away into the forest and meets orphan brothers Paul, Matt, Lee, and Omar. Together they share three adventures where they meet an ogre, an autumn witch, and pirates. The detailed comic panels are hand-drawn and painted in vibrant colors. The story is interactive, with pages that ask the reader to shake the book, find the way out of a maze in the forest, connect the dots to form a creature, or find one of the characters on a "Where’s Waldo" type page. It's almost like an activity book combined with a graphic novel. There are many references to classic kid lit, including The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and various fairy tales. Delightful!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alenka

    So creative and charming! I didn't realize this comic was going to have interactive elements, and they're very fun (although the art was a bit too abstract on one, making it hard to solve. I would appreciate an answer key in the back.) The art is gorgeous; each page is totally engrossing. There's a kind of intense red/orange/yellow color palette that carries throughout, and there are lots of little details that make the world feel vibrant and immersive. A fantastic first offering from RG So creative and charming! I didn't realize this comic was going to have interactive elements, and they're very fun (although the art was a bit too abstract on one, making it hard to solve. I would appreciate an answer key in the back.) The art is gorgeous; each page is totally engrossing. There's a kind of intense red/orange/yellow color palette that carries throughout, and there are lots of little details that make the world feel vibrant and immersive. A fantastic first offering from RG Graphic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Ridiculous, brightly-colored, with delightful adventures. Princess Robin attracts various adventures to strange and wonderful lands, meeting strange and wonderful creatures. Elements of Wonderland, Oz, and various other fantastical adventures stories appear here, but through it all Robin is brave and steadfast. Includes some fun interactive elements, of a Press Here vibe, rarely seen in a book for this age group.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    There are three delightful stories in The Runaway Princess-- Princess Robin goes on whimsical adventures, making unlikely friends (as well as enemies) and character traits in each of them that deeply remind me of the Moomins. The colors in the illustrations are astoundingly vibrant and gorgeous! These tales require a little help from the reader, too-- shaking the book, or shouting at Paul to get him to pay attention to his surroundings! I would love to see even more of Princess Robin's travels!

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