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The Runaway Princess

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  23 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Random House Graphic
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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
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 ...more
Kayla Miller
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.

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
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 ...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
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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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.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, comics
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
Dec 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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!
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this little story! A little pricess wants to have an adventure so she runs away and encounters all sorts fun and fantastical people and things. I love the colors in the illustrations; so bright! I am sure kids 2nd through 7th grade will enjoy the adventure. Maybe everyone who's a child at heart will enjoy it, actually. I wish I could run away to a world like this! great story I love the addition of little games embedded in the story. I bet kids will enjoy it, too.

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Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Princess Robin has a knack for wandering away from her castle into her whirlwind adventures. Robin doesn't act like other princesses who stay at home and follow the rules. Instead, she wants to go on adventures involving monsters, magical creatures, and pirates. Where will Robin go to next for her great adventure?

The graphic novel was a fun and entertaining read. I love the puzzles that were included in the book. I love that each adventure is whimsical and unpredictable. It's the perfect graphic
Mortisha Cassavetes
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I won an ARC of this book and I just loved it. The illustrations are bright, colorful and brilliant. The stories follow Princess Robin and her adventures. Meeting new kids, dark woods, a girl who lives in a pumpkin, flying boats and so much more. I highly recommend this book as it has a place on my forever shelf.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the artwork and sense of whimsy in this book. The three stories are excellent and very fun to read. I particularly loved the reader participation parts and puzzles. All around it’s a really fun book and a joy to read.
A. Nixon
This one's cute. I enjoyed the "interactive" pages and the stories themselves were pretty entertaining as well. The art style was interesting (although not my favourite) and the characters are cute.

I think it's a solid read for middle grade readers.
Raven Black
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bright illustrations that are very detailed. Simplistic text but three separate adventures with complete stories. European feel to the story. Humor and literary references
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a fun read, but there were a few parts that made me question the plot. Longer review to come in January!
Jessica Hernandez
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun adventure story that will surely make you laugh and giggle. The interactive parts of the book were silly and clever. Johan has the beginning of a creative and entertaining series on his hands.
Doris Raines
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jacob Hoefer
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute as hell. I love the artwork and the interactivity!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly engaging and I loved the call outs to the reader. Loved the whimsicality.
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