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The Runaway Princess

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  79 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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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 ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazingly delightful! Middle grade Beautiful Darkness meets Over the Garden Wall with a heavy dose of Glister. Geniusly and perfecly interactive.
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 theyre aided by Professor Dandelion in escaping the clutches of a group of pirates. Winsomely illustrated with a briskly paced plot, its an ...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.
Really unique, not like anything else I've seen lately. The kids will enjoy it.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
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.
Jenna D.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...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
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
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
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 ...more
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.
Carro Herdegen
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiss-the-book
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
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2019, arc
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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, children
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 ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Amy Formanski Duffy
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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.
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!
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