The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Paperback - 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!"--Front flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626723634
Characteristics: 276 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Prince and the dress-maker


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In this vibrantly illustrated story about gender fluidity, Prince Sebastian longs to wear couture gowns even though his parents want him to find a bride. The dressmaker, his friend Frances, must decide whether to compromise her career ambitions in order to keep Sebastian's secret.

Prince Sebastian spends his nights in daring dresses, painting the town as Lady Crystallia. His best friend, Frances, makes his gorgeous dresses, but since Crystallia is a secret, Frances is too. How long can she defer her dreams for her friend, and how long will Sebastian keep his fabulous alte... Read More »

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ArapahoeSarahD Dec 12, 2018

This is an incredibly beautiful story about true love, acceptance and realizing your true self.

Dec 07, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker is an absolutely charming graphic novel. The illustrations and story are adorable.

CedarMill_SabrinaH Nov 28, 2018

This book was so charming and heartfelt, filled with lovely artwork that makes both the setting and the dresses come to life. Reading this book filled me with warm fuzzies and had me literally cheering at the end.

Nov 07, 2018

this book.

The illustrations are so lovely, from the way the characters are drawn to those gorgeous dresses! The story was an emotional roller-coaster, where I was giggling one moment and gasping the next. The end had me kicking my legs like an excited teen, and I'm so glad I bought this book.

Highly recommended if you like fairytales and sweet friendships.

liljables Oct 30, 2018

I loved this graphic novel! It's an easy, uplifting read with great illustrations. What could be more relatable than two teenagers trying to find themselves while still attempting to please their parents and society?

JessicaGma Oct 18, 2018

Jen Wang has penned a real winner featuring a prince that dresses as a girl and his seamstress who helped him achieve his goal. Such a wonderful ending, where it all could have gone wrong. The art is top notch, and the characters really sweet.

VaughanPLAlison Oct 06, 2018

That was wonderful! Beautifully illustrated and nicely paced with a lot of heart. Might be one of my favorites for this year.

Sep 29, 2018

The art in this book is quite good, and for a graphic novel the plot was complex and nuanced. Lovely story about friendship, secrets, and supporting the dreams of the people you love.

Even as a grandmother, I enjoyed reading this modern fairy tale. It would give me language to discuss these issues with my grandchildren should they want to explore non gender specific identities.

Sep 07, 2018

I accidentally stumbled across this graphic novel and it's got to be one of my favorite reads of the year. I love the message about being yourself, treasuring your loved ones, and just how it opens the conversation of gender fluidity, love, and acceptance. The art is beautifully done (I may have a crush on the protagonists) and it's a really quick read. Definitely recommend it!

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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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