The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition
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When Prince Sebastian confides in his dressmaker friend Frances that he loves to masquerade at night as the fashionable Lady Crystallia, Frances must decide if Sebastian's secret is worth a lifetime of living in the shadows.
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250159854
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN Wang


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May 17, 2021

Reasons to read this book include (but are not limited to):
-Beautiful art style
-Cute, sweet characters
-Gorgeous dresses
-A Unique love story
-Family love
-Character growth
-Friends that grow and change together
A retelling of the princess and the pauper, this period piece feels so fresh and relevant, it's a breath of fresh air in a sea of stale stories. Sebastian and Frances make for an adorable pair, unbreakable friends, and maybe even more....just saying if there is a sequel I want to see Frances in full queen regalia that she's designed herself!
This story was a wonderful read that I devoured in only an hour, but it was the perfect pallet cleanser between two larger novels I've been reading. Please give this book a try, it is absolutely worth your time, love, and adoration!

May 03, 2021

I don't generally review graphic novels but somehow this one got mixed into my latest library run.

The story hooked me (I read the ending first) and I had to go back and see how it unfolded. My daughter liked it as well, which was surprising as she's not a big "romance" reader. She declared, however, that it wasn't all "mushy-gushy" and she liked how the characters are strong in their convictions and do what they feel is best and right for them -- despite their "feelings."

In other words, the message resonated with her. I enjoyed the turn-Cinderella-on-her-head premise and the love story. I also enjoyed the dressmaking.

There is a drinking to passing-out scene. It's definitely a teaching moment -- excellent to scaffold understanding of alcohol abuse.

This book is stunning. Visually, plot-wise, and character-wise. I devoured the book in on sitting. If you decide to read this book, be ready for some heartstrings to be tugged, and maybe even shed a few happy tears. I was a bit misty eyed at the conclusion of the book, but I think part of why that was the case was because the book was ending and I wanted to stay in the beautiful world that the author created! I highly recommend the book!

I absolutely adored this sweet, and fairytale like graphic-novel!

Wholesome storyline with lovable characters and illustrated beautifully - The Prince and the Dressmaker instantly made its way to my ever expending favorites shelf.

I have no other words other than to implore everyone to please read this graphic-novel.

You can thank me later.

IndyPL_TammieB Jan 01, 2021

This is a beautiful story! A historical romance fairytale with a twist! The art is beautiful as the readers enjoys new dress designs throughout the book. I also loved the dress pattern pages between each chapter. The only thing that I disliked was that Prince Sebastian’s nose was long and pointy and it distracted me (A little silly!) What I loved most was the theme of honoring our own identities. This book challenges gender norms in a new way, separate from sexuality. Prince Sebastian loves to wear beautiful gowns, but that does not have to mean he has to be gay. It is another example of celebrating diversity!

Jul 14, 2020

This book is quite the easy read, yet it contains an exciting and sweet story. The illustrations are great, and you will find yourself admiring every one of Lady Crystallia's beautifully illustrated dresses. With a heartwarming surprise twist at the end, this book is chock full of sweet moments. I would definitely recommend!

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 02, 2020

Sure to bring smiles all around, Jen Wang's self-contained titles follows the title characters on a route to discover themselves and their place in a world that looks like it might not have one for them. Also, they make great friends.
The plot rockets along, a known problem of the format, but the art serves it up perfectly and the arc is so theatrical that it's a perfect fit for the animated musical I hear someone is making out of it. It's a fast and memorable rollercoaster where you leave your disbelief at the door and enjoy the ride meant to make you smile wide.

This was the most adorable graphic novel I’ve ever read. Y’know when they say some stories need to be graphic novels? That the story itself wouldn’t be the same without the interplay between the words and the illustrations? This is 100% one of those cases. The art that Jen Wang has created brings her story to such vivid life that it makes me feel that I personally know Sebastian and Frances. I absolutely loved seeing Frances’ creations come to life; the dresses and style of the art complement each other perfectly and are SO amazing.

The core story here is one of acceptance, of finding yourself and coming to terms with who you are. Lady Crystallia/Sebastian has a storyline that made my eyes prick with tears multiple times, and Frances (my dear sweet little Frances) was so wonderfully coming to terms with valuing herself and her art alongside him. I love that we see this cross-dressing character with parents who *spoiler* ultimately support him. That fashion show at the end was absolutely ICONIC.

I recommend this to anyone. It’s a light, fun read without being so sweet as to make you sick. It feels grounded enough to lessen what could have been too much lightness, and the story moves quickly enough to easily devour in one sitting. I absolutely loved it.

Apr 27, 2020

I absolutely loved this story. The cover art caught my eye immediately, so I had to check it out on my Kindle. Sebastian and Frances' characters are likable and relatable, the story is lovely, and the subject matter is relevant and written with respect and care. I think the most wonderful part about this story is that the two characters bring out the best in each other. In the end, we learn that being your true self is all that matters and I love how this is celebrated within the story. Really a great, quick, beautifully illustrated, book.

Apr 06, 2020

I liked this story! It was wonderful! 10/10 also, the art was alluring. :)

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 01, 2021

"When I first learned the truth, I thought Sebastian's life would be ruined. But seeing you, I realized everything would be fine, because someone still loved him.

Sep 07, 2018

Some days I look at myself in the mirror and think "That's me, Prince Sebastian! I wear boy clothes and look like my father." Other days it doesn't feel right at all. Those days I feel like I'm actually...a princess.


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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 01, 2021

Sebastian is a prince, and his parents want him to find his bride. Prince Sebastian is more occupied with his own secret life. Each night Sebastian becomes his alter ego, Lady Castilla. Frances is a dressmaker who dreams of designing the latest fashions. When the two pair up Frances helps Lady Castilla set new trends in fashion and Lady Castilla helps Frances’s designs to be discovered. Will the two be happy living secret lives?

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