Robert Munsch (born June 11, 1945) is an American-born Canadian children's author, most famous for The Paper Bag Princess. Originally studying to be a Jesuit priest, he later decided to work with children. The 1990's cartoon A Bunch of Munsch is based on his books.
He has also been outspoken about his struggles Manic-Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. His books are the most-often stolen from the Toronto public library.
Works by Robert Munsch with their own pages:
Other works by Robert Munsch contain examples of:
- Brought Home the Wrong Kid: In Alligator Baby, a little girl's parents accidentally taking a baby alligator home instead of the child the mom gave birth to.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: I Have To Go has a boy Andrew who has a Potty Emergency several times. Every time he does he shouts "I HAVE TO GO PEE!!"
- Clothing Switch: Thomas' Snowsuit involves a series of these, with a teacher and then the principal trying to get Thomas into his snowsuit. Each time, one of them takes Thomas in one hand, the snowsuit in the other, a fight ensues, and when the dust clears, no one is wearing the right clothes.
- Crash Course Landing: In Angela's Airplane, a girl accidentally takes off in a plane, and the air traffic controller coaches her down. Averted when she becomes a real pilot many years later.
- Severely Specialized Store:
- Zoom! starts with the protagonists visiting a wheelchair store (which is treated as if it were a car dealership).
- Smelly Socks includes a trip to the city's socks store, which is so large it can be seen from the river.
- You Are the New Trend: In Stephanie's Ponytail, everyone in school boos the main character's hairstyle, only to copy it the next day. She keeps changing where the ponytail is, and everyone keeps copying her. At the end, she announces that she is going to shave her head. Everyone else shaves themselves bald immediately ... and Stephanie comes to school with the same hairstyle as at the start of the book.