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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At night, Prince Sebastian puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. His secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means b... Read More »

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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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.

KHCPL_Doug Dec 02, 2019

This wasn't as good as I expected it to be. For some reason, my own fault I'm sure, I thought it was going to be more of a fairy tale. It isn't. It's a dramatic story telling, and if you approach it that way it's a good story. The art is amazingly detailed and expressive, and is definitely the stand-out feature of the book. The story itself just left me feeling like they were leaving something out of it. I wanted a little more backstory, or resolution, or something! It's good. Not great.

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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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