The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition.
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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.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250159854
Branch Call Number: TEEN WANG
Characteristics: 276 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm


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Graphic Novel

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 fa... Read More »

A touching - though not sappy - story of how two teens find the strength to finally be their true selves. Jen Wang’s detailed India ink art with lush coloring (and the beautiful clothing designs) carries the reader through the characters’ ups and downs as they complete their journey to a satisfyi... Read More »

This graphic novel featuring a prince who has no interest in a bride, and his dressmaker friend who wants to push all boundaries, provides a charming story of being true to one's self.

In this whimsical Cinderella story with a twist, a young prince must find a bride to fulfill his royal obligations. Two people know his secret. Suggested by Marie B.

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Nourann703 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. :)

Feb 24, 2020

Just lovely! Wonderful art, great story line. Can't wait to see what the Andersons do to make it into a musical!

This whole book is absolutely adorable. Maybe not realistic for what would have historically happened, but it's hopeful and cute. I loved every moment of it.

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Art: 10/10
I loved this graphic novel, and I zoomed through the whole thing in an hour or two. The characters were adorable, and I loved the twists that came up. It was also visually gorgeous!

mazinwhistler Feb 03, 2020

My new favourite genre - Graphic Novels! Who says adults can't enjoy a book with pictures. A cute story about two individuals brought together by unusual circumstances and that being yourself if where it is at!

Gina_Vee Feb 02, 2020

This book was so beautifully written and illustrated. I honestly thought this would be a fairy tale when I first picked it up (I like to be surprised with the contents of the books I read, so sometimes I read as little about it as possible before reading it), but it actually turned out to be way better. It illustrates identity, understanding, and embracing one's self despite how the world views you (and the journey that it takes to get to that level of self acceptance). It does such a wonderful job of illustrating deep love. I'm really glad this was a Georgia Peach Book Award nominee title as I think the book heals and touches the soul.

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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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