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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 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 would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!


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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 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 would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

30 review for The Runaway Princess: (A Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    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 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 explained reason, sail on a full-sized ship in a bottle; King Croesus and the Gingerbread House make appearances. It's all odd, but enjoyable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    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 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 that helped them stand apart. One of my favorite parts about the entire thing was that it was interactive. This is something I would have been all over as a kid and even as an adult it sparked some joy. The reader is asked to shake the book three times before turning the page to help Robin escape a wolf, use their finger to help the characters find their way through a maze, search for a missing character on a crowded page, and so much more. The Runaway Princess is truly special. Between great humor and being able to help the characters on their wacky adventures – readers of all ages will find themselves unable to put this book down. A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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 trying to fall asleep. A pleasant combination!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Princess Robin can't resist the thrill of adventure: An Aquatic Festival, a two-faced witch and a world inhabited by pirates are the three different stories shared about the missing princess. Full of vibrant and laughable illustrations, this graphic novel, combines the love of fairytales in graphic novel form. A perfect read-alike for those who are fans of the Princess in Black and Phoebe and her Unicorn series. Additionally, the other great thing I enjoyed about this graphic novel were the game Princess Robin can't resist the thrill of adventure: An Aquatic Festival, a two-faced witch and a world inhabited by pirates are the three different stories shared about the missing princess. Full of vibrant and laughable illustrations, this graphic novel, combines the love of fairytales in graphic novel form. A perfect read-alike for those who are fans of the Princess in Black and Phoebe and her Unicorn series. Additionally, the other great thing I enjoyed about this graphic novel were the games incorporated into it. Amidst each of Robin's adventures are several times when the reader themselves must save Robin or aide her in journeys, through mazes, repetition sequences, and breaking the fourth wall to help Robin evade villains. This makes it a great resource for teachers and grown-up's who don't think graphic novels count as literature, because the readers must pay attention to the story to be able to complete the puzzles included to continue. A great fun and silly read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    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 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 mash with something for everyone. A big thank you to Random House Graphic for a paperback ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cass Moskowitz

    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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Selwa

    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 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 happenings of the story. Stories were whimsical. Here's a good review: https://aux.avclub.com/random-house-g...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan Lougheed

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    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 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 children and the standard "boy saves girl" trope. It seemed to take me forever to get almost 1/5 of the way through this 272-page monster, which brings me to my main complaint. This is way too long for a children's graphic novel. And it's clearly aimed at children. There are all these little "interactive" bits where kids are supposed to solve puzzles or randomly shout a character's name as loud as they can (which I'm sure unsuspecting parents will appreciate). The age group that this feature will appeal to is not the same one that's ready to tackle books that are almost 300 pages long. The final straw for me was when Robin was kidnapped. Her kidnappers are hapless and useless, but that's beside the point. She actually joins forces with them, and promotes their music group. Call it a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. Call it an excuse for child trafficking. Whatever it is, it has no place in a children's book. If you want interactive picture books, go read Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter. If you want graphic novels for kids that aren't insufferably trite, try Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson or The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Null

    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. Sup 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. Super excited to get this into the hands of readers and for the rest of the debut list for Random House Graphic!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loz

    Absolutely amazingly delightful! Middle grade Beautiful Darkness meets Over the Garden Wall with a heavy dose of Glister. Ingeniously and perfectly interactive.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Really unique, not like anything else I've seen lately. The kids will enjoy it. Really unique, not like anything else I've seen lately. The kids will enjoy it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    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 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 cute, fine, and kinda nonsense, but it does take a dark turn when a nice new friend turns out to be an evil witch who wants to eat the princess for magic powers. That one didn't seem to fit in with the other cutesy stuff. Overall I really liked it, but it didn't have that "heart" I look for, it was just fun fluff.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Parisot

    “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’ “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’s an interactive story where the reader is asked repeatedly to help advance the story whether it’s to follow a maze, complete a dot-to-dot or to shake the book up and down. A totally FUN and entertaining read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Magpie67

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    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!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Cute, fast paced graphic novel about a princess who goes on adventures. There’s not much in terms of cohesive plot, but it’s cute, the art is full color and beautiful, and I liked the reader moments where they ask the reader to turn the book or solve little puzzles.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Its colors and storyline’s interaction with the reader make this graphic novel one-of-a-kind!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Valentina Kukaj

    5/5 Such a cute GN, I loved it :) There were 3 stories within the book that follow the same main characters, it was great, also the illustrations were amazinggg!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    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. 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Stine

    A cutesy and interactive graphic novel. Great for emergent readers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lovely Day

    4⭐️ 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    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 BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH 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 The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski, 266 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Random House Graphic (Random House Children’s Books), 2020. $13. Content: G BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH 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 nonsensical nature as a strength. With the book encouraging silliness, readers' imaginations are freed from normal bounds and allowed to accept the unexpected surprises Troianowski offers. My favorite parts are the interactive bits -- I got funny looks for going along with the instructions, but helping the princess and her friends gave me so much joy that I didn't care! Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    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 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 island (or so they think!) The stories are whimsical and absurd. There are a few places that made me wish the stories wouldn't align with tropes like the evil witch or boy-saves-girl, but there was enough to make these unique so I could let them go (for example, the scary, yet helpful and cuddly Kraken!) For example, Robin saves the boys many times, too. And she doesn't lose agency and has the ability and power to use her wits to get out of situations. One of the places where I questioned the plot decision was when Robin is kidnapped. There is no questioning of the ethics of the kidnapping, no remorse on the part of the kidnappers, no matter how "harmless" their actions were and no matter how Robin just up and decided to help them. In fact, they end with a plot to kidnap yet another royal kid... This was the only plot development that I thought needed more questioning and explanation. Why would Robin join these kidnappers? What was her thought process? How is Robin's mom (the queen!) not mad at all? And on and on... The other plot point I found to be problematic was when the Doodlers lost their home and became refugees. The king immediately let them have some of his land, problem solved, but I thought this was an opportunity to show how difficult these kinds of problems can be. Perhaps the king could have thought hard about it and would have to call upon the other kings of neighboring lands to try to find a solution for these displaced people? The problem of the Doodlers losing their home was diminished by the ease of finding a solution just like that, so it didn't seem like a real problem. The art is phenomenal! The lush colors, the absurd creatures, the beauty, all of it! The interactive puzzles and activities were also fun. I especially liked the one where you had to turn the book one way to try help Robin and the boys escape. Overall, The Runaway Princess was a delight to read. Recommended for those who like moles, pumpkins, fish, haircuts, abstract art and pirates.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    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 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 dust. “The Runaway Princess” refers to Robin of Seddenga, a fiery little royal, both in her attitude and her appearance. Not content to be a prim and proper little princess, the red-headed sprite often runs away to foreign and fantastic lands to engage in a variety of adventures. Sometimes she’s going toe-to-toe with a band of inept pirates, sometimes she’s exploring an exotic forest, and sometimes she’s rescuing new friends from an assortment of monsters, but she’s never just standing still. She’s a strong, spirited young lady and an absolutely fantastic main character. The book wouldn’t succeed, however, if her escapades weren’t as thrilling as the protagonist herself but, don’t worry, Troianowski nails every single panel. The book proudly proclaims it was “drawn with India ink and a nib pen on 180g A4 sheets of paper, then colored directly with crayons and inks” and every freakin’ page looks it. In much the same way that bad CGI can ruin a good movie, if “The Runaway Princess” had been done digitally, it would’ve robbed the comics of their magic. But Troianowski’s work is lushly analog and SO inventive! His locales are breathtaking and his layouts are restless and creative, particularly the little puzzles and games he scatters throughout the book. He’s got a cutesy, distinctly European sensibility and it works beautifully. From first page to last, “The Runaway Princess” was an absolute joy to read. It’s not often that a middle-grade YA comic really knocks me off my feet but “The Runaway Princess” did precisely that. I know this is the kind of graphic novel I’ll return to over and over, not just because it’s so visually inspiring, but also because it’s such a fun book. Like I said earlier, it’s a supremely charming collection and I’m not ashamed to say that I fell totally under its spell.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Zisman

    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 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 introduces us to Princess Robin, our incautiously optimistic heroine who falls heart-first into every adventure. Whether winding her way through a forest of ogres and gnomes, attending an "aquatic carnival" of sirens and sea serpents suspended in water droplets, or navigating by firefly glow through the Autumn Witch's Kingdom of Darkness, Robin greets each challenge with a warm welcome, boundless curiosity, and resolute courage. Troïanowski composes The Runaway Princess with three twisting, turning narrative arcs and asks us to enter his world of strange logic and magical beasts with the same wild abandon as his main cast of characters. Wild, too, are his stylistic decisions for illustration. Troïanowski draws his characters with a huge-eyed cartoonishness similar to French comic artists Kerascöet (Beautiful Darkness). With unrestrained color yet sensitive expression, his ink, crayon, and watercolor drawings evoke warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia to renew our childlike wonder over portals into secondary worlds. He also uniquely approaches the comics medium by having Robin implore readers to solve brain teasers that are obstacles to her path forward, which gives us a roleplaying opportunity to interact with the characters and their environment. Like his artwork, Troïanowski's well-timed puzzles maintain the integrity of his rich and engaging storytelling while also immersing us further into the fantastic. The Runaway Princess, with its pay-it-forward courage and kindness, belongs in every runaway’s bindle.

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