The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Book - 2018
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Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626723634
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC Wang Jen 02/2018
Characteristics: 276 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,22 cm


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OPL_KrisC Mar 17, 2018

I first picked this book up because of the front cover and art and then was drawn in even further with the story. Frances & Prince Sebastian are each trying to figure out who they truly are and shine to the best of their ability even with expectations put on them from friends, family and the public in general. This book had some really great moments and definitely made me smile and cheer different characters on.

OPL_AutumnH Mar 16, 2018

This is such a lovely story, with a cast of characters you are really rooting for. They really each come in to their own, and their relationship develops sweetly and slowly through the book. The time period plays secondary to the story, and the real visual star is the fashion!

OatmealThunder Mar 13, 2018

Oh my goodness. Amazing dresses and kind people - what a wonderful combination. If you're looking for a book to give you the warm fuzzies, this is it. Excellent art and so, so sweet.

kobrien3 Feb 21, 2018

This book was absolutely wonderful. A completely relatable story about two teenagers figuring out who they are and how to be true to themselves in a world that sometimes makes that feel unsafe. The drawings are beautiful, the characters are easy to love, and the fashion is daring and eye catching. If you're looking for a graphic novel with a beautiful and heartwarming story about finding the courage to be yourself and loving the people in your life for exactly who they are, then this might be the one for you!

samcmar Feb 15, 2018

This graphic novel is important and wonderful. It offers an amazing discussion regarding gender identity, labels, and what it means to stand up and be who you are. It's heartwarming, fun, but it is also very dark and emotional.

The story follows two characters: Prince Sebastian, a young prince whose parents want him to get married to a princess, and Frances who dreams of making beautiful gowns and one day having a fashion show. Their lives collide when Prince Sebastian sees one of Frances' designs and hires her on to be his dressmaker. Frances and Sebastian form a beautiful friendship, and it's one that is memorable as it is sweet. Frances accepts Sebastian for who he is, and in turns tries to help him gain the courage to tell his parents that he enjoys wearing dresses.

There is so much beauty in Jen Wang's artwork and storytelling. Her characters are expressive, gentle, and have such strong desires to be loved and accepted by others. Sebastian and Frances are characters that are easy to love, you want them to succeed and be loved, and you want them to see worth in themselves. They get such fantastic growth throughout the story, and I found myself getting emotional during certain parts given their was such shocking moments.

The Prince and the Dressmaker is a wonderful graphic novel full of heart. It's a read where you'll cheer the characters on, fall completely in love with them, pick them up when they fail, and give them all the encouragement to keep going. This is one beautiful story that deserves to be read, and reread. I can only hope more people love and give this book a chance, because it will warm your heart and shatter it at the same time.


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