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The Runaway Princess

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  631 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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 woul
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Random House Graphic
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Rod Brown
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mari Johnston
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 th
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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ma ...more
Cass Moskowitz
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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 happening ...more
Megan Lougheed
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
After not reading for a few weeks or better said, months. I need some time to adjust myself to reading again. And that’s okay. My study is finished and finally I have more time on my hands. I decided to read some colorful graphic novels first. And I am glad I did.

I absolutely adored this books. The storyline is cute, the adventures have something magical and surrealistic and the art is just stunning. Also love the interactive parts, this book made me smile a lot.

La Coccinelle
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
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 ch
Ashlee Null
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Absolutely amazingly delightful! Middle grade Beautiful Darkness meets Over the Garden Wall with a heavy dose of Glister. Ingeniously and perfectly interactive.
Really unique, not like anything else I've seen lately. The kids will enjoy it. ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this from the library and read it to my kids. Great graphic novel with a lot going for it:
-cartoon style is cute, fine, but it stands out from the crowd with a unique, oversaturated color palette
-has cute little games inside that encourage participation (eg asks the reader to shout, shake the book, solve mazes and little puzzles). My kids skipped these if I wasn't reading the part aloud and making them do them though.
-the story is told in several chapters of random adventures. It's usually
Karen Parisot
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“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’ ...more
I love maps and this title has three stories each with its own map. So cool. Love the illustrations, the super silliness of the adventures, the friends that were made, and the interactions needed by the reader. Clever fun for the whole family. A must read to ages below the suggested reading age of 5-up because I think parents need to go graphic to appreciate the genre.

Add some fun to your world and pick this gem up today either at the library or the book store.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
A cute and rather bizarrely imaginative world. Tonally, something felt off, not only in the dialogue but in the expressions of our cast, who run from life-threatening situations without looking scared. Maybe not as wide a range of emotional expressions in the drawing style? But it was cute and I can see the interactive games the reader has to play as being of interest to younger readers.

For fans of Hilda!
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I grabbed this one from the library for my 6-year-old on a whim. It completely engaged him, and I found myself reading it separately and being absolutely delighted. Quirky, clever, and full of adventure.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't have much to say... Fun adventures, cute fantastical elements, great protagonist, but it's all a little forgettable. It's like very nice not too high calorie candy. Great read for kids who like adventures! Reminded me of a sunshiny version of the movie MirrorMask. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Its colors and storyline’s interaction with the reader make this graphic novel one-of-a-kind!
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was just plain fun. With gorgeous art and so much whimsy. Plus, interactive pages that kids will love (they delighted my 10 year-old), such as mazes, prompts to tip or shake the book, and more.
3.5 -- This was so adorable and magical. Robin is sassy, funny, and I love how she is like "F being a princess. I'm an adventurer!" Very cute. ...more
Lovely Day
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

An adorable graphic novel containing 3 adventures of a little princess who finds herself far from home and must find her way back with the help (or hinderance) of a group of 4 little brothers.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski, 266 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Random House Graphic (Random House Children’s Books), 2020. $13.

Content: 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
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Runaway Princess collects three interactive stories of Princess Robin. In the first story, Robin runs away to see the Aquatic Carnival in Noor. She finds four lost boys and journeys with them to Noor. There, she gets kidnapped. In the second story, Robin is lured away from the palace by someone and the boys set out to rescue her. In the third story, Robin and the boys are playing pirates in an old boat in the fields, when their boat gets carried up and over in a storm to land in a desert isl ...more
Matt Graupman
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could think of a word stronger than “charming” because that’s exactly what this sweet, imaginative graphic novel deserves. Collecting and translating three volumes of comics by French cartoonist Johan Troianowski, “The Runaway Princess” is truly a handmade love letter to the medium of comics and the innocent adventures of youth. In crafting these stories, I have a hard time believing that Troianowski’s drawing table was surrounded by pencil shavings and eraser crumbles, and not pixie du ...more
Olivia Zisman
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-comics
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 intro
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 wo ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 f
Chris Meichtry
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
First off, the art is fantastic. It's a fairly unique style and I love that it was colored with crayons. As for the book as a whole, it was nothing groundbreaking by any means but it was a lot of fun and a super quick read. I think the whole thing took maybe an hour. Although it didn't feel like anything particularly impactful happened, it was an enjoyable classic adventure taking place in a fantastically absurd world. It was like Alice in Wonderland, Over the Garden Wall, Star Vs. the Forces of ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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