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Tracey Dembo talks The Paper Bag Princess & Princess Smartypants, KidLit Classics S2 Episode 17

About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Muncsh, and Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole, are two classic 1980s picture books that played with fairytale conventions and presented princesses as strong, resourceful and clever, with just a little bit of sass.

Children's picture book author Tracey Dembo discusses how these two books won a place in her heart with their humour, lively illustrations, strong messages, and matter-of-fact subversion of what a 'princess' should be. We have a dramatic reading, and Tracey takes us through the process and launch of having her two new picture books come out one month apart.

About Tracey Dembo:

Tracey has a strong interest in children’s early learning and development, and is passionate about igniting children’s imaginations and helping our future leaders to find their own voice. She was awarded a mentorship in the 2020 Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program and is an active member of the kidlit community. She is the author of 2023 picture books This Book is a Time Machine and An A-Z of Dreaming Differently.

Connect with Tracey: Instagram: @traceydembo / Website:

Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website

Buy The Paper Bag Princess here

Buy Princess Smartypants here

Key titles mentioned in Podcast:

The Princess in Black (series) by Shannon Hale

Bethan Woolven picture books

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Opening and Outro music:

‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

Sound files:

'Howling Wind' by Pixabay

'Door Bang 1' by Pixabay

'Success Fanfare Trumpets' by Pixabay

'Designed Fire - Winds - Swoosh 04' by GregorQuendel

'Sad Trumpet' by Pixabay

'Swoosh' by Universefield

'Dragon Roar' by Pixabay


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