Robert Munsch (born June 11, 1945) is an American-born Canadian children's author, most famous for The Paper Bag Princess and Love You Forever. 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:
- And I Must Scream: In the 2010 story Put Me in a Book! (which is a joke on how Munsch's stories are often inspired by real children) a girl named Hailey wants to be put in a book, and the writer physically does so. The kids soon get her out again by changing the ending, and Hailey writes "Then the writer wrote HIMSELF into the book. He could not get out and he was trapped there FOREVER." No need to guess what happens next...
- Author Avatar: The father in Something Good looks very much like Munsch himself did when he wrote the book. The children, Tyya, Andrew, and Julie, are named after Munsch's adopted children.
- Big "NO!": In Thomas's Snowsuit, this is the title character's reaction every time someone tells him to put on his snowsuit.
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier:
- The story From Far Away. It was inspired by a real girl from Lebanon named Saoussan and it is written from her perspective. She describes (in graphic detail) how she was driven away from her home in Beirut and how she went to live in Canada. What makes it even more heartbreaking is when she sees a Halloween skeleton on her classroom door and becomes totally traumatized.
- Also the story A Promise is a Promise, which was partly inspired by Inuit mythology. It deals with a young Inuit girl going ice fishing near the ocean and insults the Qallupilluit (mythical creatures said to kidnap disobedient children). The Qallupilluit soon show up and promptly try to pull her under the ice so she will drown. She soon escapes but she is left shaken by the whole experience.
- 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. At first only the girls do it, but then the boys and even the teacher get in on it. She keeps changing where the ponytail is, and everyone keeps copying her. Stephanie grows more and more incensed at the copycats until the end, when she angrily announces that she is going to shave her head. Everyone else shaves themselves bald immediately ... and Stephanie comes to school with the same hairstyle at the start of the book.