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01 Nov, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway Alert: Much more Munsch!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

I bought my first Robert Munsch book long before the girls were born. The Paper Bag Princess came home with me at some point during my university years. This is the kind of daughter I want to raise someday, I thought. (And if either of them starts dating a snobby tennis-playing Prince who gets kidnapped by a dragon we’ll find out if we succeeded.)

When Emma and Sarah eventually came along, Munsch became a regular visitor here (figuratively of course). I cannot properly explain HOW MUCH Munsch we read in this house when the girls were wee. But it was a lot. They were particularly enchanted with the story Pigs (do you know that one?) and we told it over and over again. And Thomas’ Snowsuit. Yoinks. We read that one A LOT too.

As someone who likes to spin a silly yarn, I really admired Munsch for his storytelling genius and his ability to capture children’s hearts (not to mention their attention). So when I heard that the Canadian Children’s Museum was hosting a Munsch-related exhibition I was really impressed. To honour a storyteller in this way? Pure awesome.

This giveaway is brought to you by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, a Fishbowl patron. It’s for 5 tickets (the family package) to see the The Much More Munsch Puppet Show at the Canadian Children’s Museum.

The 60-minute Much More Munsch Show features 35 puppets and six of Robert Munsch’s stories. A live narrator engages the audience, promising heaps of participation and fun for all. The puppets rescue a wedding party, chase runaway hair, invite an entire school to a birthday party, and Munsch more!

Featured stories include Angela’s Airplane, Ribbon Rescue, Get Out of Bed, Aaron’s Hair, Purple Green and Yellow, and Moira’s Birthday. Wide Open’s Much More Munsch Show received 5 stars and earned a spot on CBC’s Top Ten Picks of the 2010 Fringe in Winnipeg.

You can read more about it here. It sounds like a great show for families, doesn’t it?

Please note that this prize does not include general admission to the Museum. If you want to visit before or after the show (which I recommend!) you will need to pay your own way.

Want to win? Read on.

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area, but it is void where prohibited in Quebec.
  • For your entry to qualify, use the comments below to tell us what your favourite Munsch story is. If you’re new to his writing, that’s ok, just tell us what stories your kids are enjoying right now. :)
  • Please do not enter this giveaway if you can’t attend. The show will take place on Saturday November 19, 2011 and there are two showings: one at 11:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. The winner’s tickets will be held for them at the box office.
  • One entry per family please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • If you can’t post your comment here for whatever reason, you can email it to me for posting. Send it to andrea at quietfish dot com … however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder. Sorry.
  • Good karma goes to those who tweet or post about this on Facebook. Do you know someone who might enjoy these tickets? Forward this info to them!
  • I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon on Tuesday November 8, 2011.

p.s. If you don’t win these tickets you can buy your own at the Museum box office or by calling 819-776-7000 (service charges apply).

Sound good? Now over to you! Good luck!!

44 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway Alert: Much more Munsch!"

1 | lisa

November 1st, 2011 at 12:41 pm


Munsch is huge at our house, and the favorite has changed with each new discovery. Our current favs are Boo and I’m So Embarrassed.

2 | Stephanie

November 1st, 2011 at 1:28 pm


The Paperbag Princess is big at our house and it’s on my daughter’s bedtime story list almost every night…it makes us laugh!

3 | kaitlin

November 1st, 2011 at 1:37 pm


Robert Munsch was my childhood hero. For some kids that’s Superman or Wonder Woman, or maybe Oprah, but I wanted to be like Robert Munsch. I especially wanted to perform like him.

If you can be raised on books, which I think you can, I was raised on Robert Munsch. Catchphrases like “(Mortimer) be quiet!” were common in our family vocabulary, and his stories were often used as morals for life experience. I really don’t know if there is another author or artist that shaped me as much as he did.

I adore the Paperbag Princess, because it has such a strong female character. But, I think my favourite book of his is Murmel, Murmel, Murmel, which is about adoption. The book ends with the (male) truck driver getting the baby, which is kind of a really cool, somewhat subversive message about gender and parenting.

4 | Brenda A

November 1st, 2011 at 1:57 pm


Our favorite saying of all time is “Clang, clang, rattle bing bang! Gonna make my noise all day!!!” from Mortimer. Great book! Great prize!! We live in Ottawa and can absolutely make it to the show!

5 | Tammy

November 1st, 2011 at 2:16 pm


My boys love Robert Munsch! Smelly Socks is our favourite :)

6 | Theresa

November 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm


We are definitely Munsch fans, and would love to attend!

He’s one of the authors that help make it easy to raise readers. Such fun to real aloud, or to oneself.

The first book I ever bough for my first daughter was “Love You Forever”, purchased when I was pregnant with her.

Although she is my oldest at 12, now, she’s never too old to hear

” I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

7 | Rochelle

November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm


There is a day or night in our house that goes by without us reading or listening to Munsch. My 5 year old daughter is a Munsch fanatic! We have his books, we have his cds… despite his crazy energy, she finds it relaxing to listen to voice on cd to put her to sleep! She loves PaperBag Princess and Smelly Socks. She’s also been singing “I’ll love you forever” since hearing it on her new cd she received for her birthday last year. And, we can’t forget Mud Puddle. Now, our 1 year old is getting into Munsch, listening to story time with her sister.

8 | Jen

November 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm


Oh we love Mortimer! And Paper Bag Princess.

Thanks for the chance.

9 | Sarah S & Johnny W

November 1st, 2011 at 2:53 pm


My son and I would love to attend this show. Our favourite Munsch book at the moment is the Paper Bag Princess. So much so that we went dressed as a dragon and paper bag princess for Halloween.

I often feel like I am reliving his book ‘I have to go!’ ever since potty training my son. LOL

But our favourite book of all is ‘Love you forever’…my 2.5 year old loves to be snuggled as I read him this book. It makes children young and old feel special and loved.

10 | Shari Fisher

November 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm


How to pick just one favourite….. I have to say mine are Paper Bag Princess and Love you Forever, but we love them all – even have CDs of Munsch stories we listen to in the car!

11 | Valerie

November 1st, 2011 at 3:59 pm


I owned the Paper Bag Princess long before having kids, too. :)

I really like the one about the Sophie’s (Sylvie’s?) Ponytail – where everyone copies the girl ’til she tells them she’s going to shave her head. And they all did except her! :D

12 | karen

November 1st, 2011 at 4:04 pm


My son loves Thomas’ Snowsuit! Sometimes I feel like Thomas’ mother trying to get snow pants on my kid!

13 | coffeewithjulie

November 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm


When my daughter was born, a girlfriend gave me a copy of The Paperbag Princess. It was my first and is still my fave!

14 | Mary @ Parenthood

November 1st, 2011 at 5:02 pm


The Paperbag Princess or Love you forever? Hmmm… Tough choice. We’re checking out the new exhibit tomorrow for the first time (yay for unlimited visits due to membership – I highly recommend!)

15 | Allison

November 1st, 2011 at 5:59 pm


Mmm, cookies! is my son’s favourite!

16 | Stephanie

November 1st, 2011 at 6:53 pm


Munsch is a big hit in our house with a 2 year old that’s obsessed with reading. His personal favourites are Love you Forever and Mortimer. My sister in law can read Mortimer from memory and our little man can fill in most of the words. Would LOVE to surprise him with this!

17 | Edumama

November 1st, 2011 at 6:56 pm


We love Pigs (a favourite of mine from high school) and Stephanie’s Ponytail. I still can’t read Love You Forever without crying (and neither can my husband)

18 | Cari

November 1st, 2011 at 9:14 pm


I love the Munsch books. One of the girls’ favourite stories is the one where they are making fake cookies out of play clay, the name escapes me right now. I enjoy the Paper Bag Princess although the kids aren’t quite getting the message yet. Oh, and the one where they keep bringing the baby animals home from the zoo. Once again, the name escapes me. I’ll have to pull them off the shelf for tommorrow’s story time.

19 | Tiana

November 1st, 2011 at 9:34 pm


Bobby LOVES the Paper Bag Princess. Mostly the part bout Ronald being a bum. Other favorites include Mortimer and Diwn the Drain. Thomas’ Snowsuit was my own favorite as a child.

20 | Carolyn

November 1st, 2011 at 10:46 pm


Just read “Love You Forever” just last night for the millionth time and almost cried for the millionth time – it’s gone through 4 kids now and still gets me.

We also read several of his books in French, one favourite being “Une Maison Pour Rire”. He’s very translatable!

Would love to be able to take my 4 kids to see the new exhibit.

21 | Heather R

November 2nd, 2011 at 6:29 am


We love Robert Munsch here and would absolutely love to go see this show. We have “Love You Forever” and “The Paperbag Princess” here right now, with many more to come I’m sure!


22 | Jay

November 2nd, 2011 at 7:13 am


We have many Robert Munsch books in French and English – right now their current favorite is “Put Me in A Book”

23 | A.D.A.S.

November 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 am


Love You Forever…my daughter’s favourite, my favourite, and my mom’s favourite!

24 | Misty

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:07 am


My fav. is “I have to go!!” My brother and I thought the story was hilarious as kids, and would giggle away at Andrew crying “I have to go pee!!”

25 | andrea

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am


This comment is being posted on behalf of Helene and Michael, who wrote:


Wasn’t successful at posting – our family loves the French version of Smelly Socks – ‘Tes chaussettes sentent la moufette’

Thanks for a great contest!”

26 | Lynn

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:12 am


Our favourite is David’s Father. I can’t tell you how many times I have read that book. My daughter says that her husband AND all her kids will be named David when she grows up, after this book. It’s a classic!

27 | Capital Mom

November 2nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm


The Paper Bag Princess. Always.

28 | Christine @ Coffees & Commutes

November 2nd, 2011 at 4:40 pm


The Paper Bag Princess forever! But my boys love Mortimer.

Huge, huge fan!

29 | Carla

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:43 pm


We really enjoy reading the Paperbag Princess here.

30 | Jim

November 3rd, 2011 at 1:27 pm


Mortimer! Hands down!

31 | Wendy Hickman

November 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 pm


Oh my!!!

Can’t begin to list all the faves.
My daughters are 32, 20 and 26!!
My Granddaughter is 8.
We loved all of them, Thomas’s snowsuit, Pigs,
Our fave is Love you Forever, still brings a tear to my eye.
Good Luck to ALL of us,

32 | Elizabeth

November 4th, 2011 at 12:21 pm


The paper Bag Pricess is also our favourite. But recently we have also really started enjoying Love You Forever.

Thanks for information about the puppet play, we would love to go.


33 | Heather

November 4th, 2011 at 2:32 pm


Thank you so much for the information about the play! Robert Munsch is a classic storyteller.

I brought two of my daughters to see Robert Munsch years ago at Centrepointe theatre. They were likely two and five years old at the time. Today, at the ages of six and nine, they still recall the show.

I’m lucky to have two readers in the house now who eagerly share their favourite stories with their two younger sisters. Favourites include: “Murmel, Murmel”, “Purple,Green and Yellow” and the mischievous little “Mortimer”. The girls have a great time acting out the characters voices.

Robert Munsch books are sold everywhere. I’ve found them at Costco and through the Scholastic book orders at reasonable prices.

34 | Mark

November 4th, 2011 at 7:25 pm


My kids like to yell “HEEEEEEEEEEEEY MUD PUDDLE” after one of their favorite stories.

35 | Nora

November 4th, 2011 at 7:27 pm


I love Munsch! Our favourites are either Thomas’ Snowsuit or Moira’s Birthday. They are all great though. Thanks for the opportunity – the puppet show sounds great! N

36 | Maria

November 5th, 2011 at 8:34 am


I recommend going to Robert Munsch’s website and listening to him read the stories. It’s great. We like “Roar”.

37 | conchita

November 6th, 2011 at 3:06 pm


We love them all! the MOOSE! story is our absolute favorite. I mean who doesn’t love the idea of a big moose running inside your house and running away with all the carrots from your refrigerator.

And what an interesting personal life Munch has led too. He is a true hero.

38 | DA

November 7th, 2011 at 9:36 am


We like Boy in the Drawer!

39 | Michelle

November 7th, 2011 at 9:44 am


Smelly socks for sure!!!

40 | Jodi

November 7th, 2011 at 1:21 pm


I loved the paper bag princess but think the one about the ponytail is a great lesson for kids (of all ages)!
Great prize!

41 | Joanne

November 8th, 2011 at 11:07 am


Our favorite Robert Munsch book is “I Have to go!”. With snowsuit season approaching, this is a great read to get yourself back into the marathon that dressing kids for the snow can become.

42 | Erin Rogers

November 8th, 2011 at 1:01 pm


Oh, we love PIGS!

43 | andrea

November 8th, 2011 at 2:18 pm


Entries to this giveaway ended at noon. Stay tuned for the name of the lucky winner!

44 | andrea

November 8th, 2011 at 3:23 pm


The winner is commenter #35 – Nora – who wrote:

“I love Munsch! Our favourites are either Thomas’ Snowsuit or Moira’s Birthday. They are all great though. Thanks for the opportunity – the puppet show sounds great!”

Congratulations Nora! I’ll be sending you an email with some extra details ASAP. :)

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