The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen WangThe Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince And The Dressmaker

byJen Wang

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

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!

Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances-one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone's secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

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Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger's Fake Mustache. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.
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Title:The Prince And The DressmakerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.54 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162672363X

ISBN - 13:9781626723634

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this story I’m so glad I finally read this graphic novel! I saw everyone raving about it in the spring, and it definitely lived up to the hype! This is an important story about being yourself. Sebastian and Frances have a unique relationship. Frances puts her own dreams on hold to support Sebastian’s nightly activities of dressing up as Lady Crystallia. They both have to protect his secret identity, but it can only last for so long. One of the most fascinating things about graphic novels for me is the art. I always wonder how the artists create the story through the different panels. At the end of this story, there are a few pages where Jen Wang talks about her process. I loved reading about this, because it is so different from the work that I do. I would love to make a graphic novel one day, just to see how the entire process works. I highly recommend this book! It was great!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it now! This was just so FRICKING CUTE and the illustrations are stunning. The characters were adorable and lovable, I absolutely love them! And the story was simply beautiful. It is about knowing yourself and learning to love the way you are and so so much more. Just go read it!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is amazing! Been following the artist for a while and could not wait to get my hands on this to support Jen. Did not expect for it to be this GOOD! A must read for anyone who enjoys comics. The art is incredible and the story is amazing, what are you wanting for? buy it!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book. Jen’s art is and has always been great cartooning. Really pretty to look at, great characterization, just great work. But it was the very touching and contemporary fairy tale story that got me. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s both new and familiar. An unhappy prince with a secret, a lowly seamstress with dreams of creative greatness become friends and help each other towards their goals. The buzz is warranted.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was so cute! And I loved the artwork! And the characters! And I loved the message that was told throughout the story!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Briliant and Adorable This has to be the single cutest graphic novel ever! The Prince and the Dressmaker is about three things in my mind: 1) Jen Wang's has written a story of a young prince and a dressmaker (a gal) who happen upon each other and wait for it.... DON'T fall into romantic love. Yes that's right don't have insta-love, triangles or any other ridiculousness that so many books seem to have these days. Instead they have gorgeous, and comfortable friendship love. Because of this set-up the morale at the end of the story allows this graphic novel to be read by anyone of any age. I can totally see a five-year-old loving this story and thinking it's so fun! I can also imagine some children (male or female) that start asking about wearing clothes like the opposite sex; which is truly why this book is so brilliant. Anytime a child can look at you and not understand why you have prejudice it means that your prejudice is loosely founded in lies or that your logic makes no actual sense without societal context. It's my absolute favourite thing about kids between 3-6; their inability to understand why we always seem to say one thing and do another. I love those little ones who call out the adults around them for not doing what they say. 2) So, obviously now, one of the best parts of the story is that the prince enjoys wearing women's clothing. Now I don't think most people need to be told that if you are a part of 'formal' royalty (not the kind that are in the gay pride parade, ;) ) that a royal's existence is all about image, formality and traditional. So cross-dressing is/would be generally frowned upon (although I an dying to see Prince Charles in a ball gown). Wang chooses to demonstrate and refute why it shouldn't matter what your wearing. She does this by never asking the question about what makes certain clothing on certain people so incorrect or objectionable. This is a brilliant approach as it leaves the 'learned by society' crap out of the entire discussion. 3) And finally the art is sooo adorable. On every page I just want to pinch or squish the cute cheeks of our dressmaker. I really enjoyed the many moments in which he made such a convincing girl! Half of the girls who read this will possibly wish they had the princes dresses to wear themselves. This may seem insignificant but think on it for a minute; those girls won't be thinking about why the prince is wearing 'girl' clothes; but instead why they want to wearing those pretty dresses. Overall In case it's not obvious from my three favourite things above let me spell this out; The Prince and the Dressmaker is brilliant because it never asks the question about why the Prince wishes to wear dresses. Wang doesn't allow the prejudices, society influences or dark history to bleed into the story. Instead she simply presents a situation and leaves the reader unable to refute why the Prince shouldn't wear dresses. Not only does this allow the children reading it to just accept it; but it doesn't carry the prejudices forward. Additionally it leaves parents unable to refute that there isn't any really 'good' reason why the Prince can't wear dresses. Because as soon as you get into that thought all you're left with are reasons the story ignores. Taking a topic that is controversial or difficult and turning it into a story that children can love and connect with is so important. It leaves them to decide what they think. I for one think can't wait for Jen Wang's next book on a seemingly difficult topic so that I can also see a way to take the noise out of a topic the way she so brilliantly does here. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend Great story, great illustrations, and so cute! It is a mixture of quirky, fun, lovely, and has lots of loving yourself and others themes to top it all off.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-Ages Read! I adored this book. A very simple and sweet tale with important and meaningful messages made easy to read for anyone. The art is beautiful, the characters are endearing and the overall story is heartwarming. It's a tale of being true to yourself, acceptance from yourself and others and about the people who are important. It's a story I believe everyone should indulge in.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and Meaningful The Prince and the Dressmaker is my first foray into graphic novels and I'm very happy to say I liked it a lot! The charming drawings lend way to a heartwarming tale with admirable characters and stunning dresses. The Prince and the Dressmaker is a quick story that gave me all the warm fuzzy feels. It's about two people on the path to discovering themselves. They help each other become who they're meant to be. Frances is a simple girl dreaming of making it big some day. Her world becomes much more colourful when she becomes the Prince's personal seamstress. At Prince Sebastian's request, she creates design after design for him with each dress catching the eye of the world. However, when Frances garners the attention of someone she's longed to meet she had to choose between staying by Sebastian's side or following her lifelong dream. Any decision she made, she stayed true to herself in one way or another. The Prince and the Dressmaker is also a serious story that tells of acceptance and feeling right in one's own skin. Prince Sebastian loves wearing dresses yet he greatly fears the consequences of his interest. Only when he puts on Frances's dresses did he feel unafraid and like himself. Lady Crystallia is an important part of Sebastian even if others did not understand. The Prince and the Dressmaker made an impression on me. After trying it I can say for sure I'll be paying more attention to graphic novel releases. I want to venture more into this category of books!
Date published: 2018-01-30

Editorial Reviews

A Washington Post Best Graphic Novel of 2018A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the YearJoint winner of the 2018 Harvey Award for Best Children's or Young Adult Book"There is so much love in Wang's illustrations, which are perfectly suited to the fairy tale nature of the book...it's completely satisfying. In modern fairy tales, there really are happy endings."-New York Times"Leave it to such a gifted artist to create this love letter to aesthetic design set against the story of a relationship blossoming between seamstress and prince." -Washington Post, from their "10 Best Graphic Novels of 2018""Jen Wang's cartooning is full of warmth and charm." -AV Club, from their "10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2018""A unique and thoroughly modern fairy tale. . . . a great story about being true to yourself and the kind of companionship you can find when you do." -Nerdist "This graphic novel has all the trappings of a rags-to-riches romance. And it is one-in a joyfully subversive and inclusive way." -Horn Book, starred review"Gorgeously dense artwork, lively sense of movement, effervescent fashions, sweet romance, and heartwarming denouement." -Booklist, starred review"With inviting illustrations and a relatable story line, this tender tale of friendship and identity is sure to delight even readers who aren't fans of the graphic novel format."-School Library Journal, starred review"It's all but certain to deliver grins, gasps, and some happy tears." -Publisher Weekly, starred review "A visual feast, filled with exuberant charm and delightful characters." -VOYA"For kids who never found a Disney princess costume to fit-literally or figuratively-Wang offers a second chance to claim a fairy tale of one's own. Readers new, or resistant, to graphic novels will also discover magic here in Wang's visual storytelling." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books