The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Book - 2018
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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.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 15, 2019

I found this gem on a cart in the back, after pulling it, both Hannah Jane and
Alison raved about it. After finishing the book in one evening, I completely
understood. It tells the story of a young prince who is facing many more issues
than he would like to admit. He confides his love for wearing dresses to his
newly hired dressmaker. Through this secret, the two are able to build trust,
and share their deepest dreams with one another. This was such a sweet story
with a modern twist to the times. If you are looking for something quick, and
similar vibe to a Disney princess story, check this one out!

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derikam
Oct 29, 2019

Very cute, and exactly what I expected from the title.

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the_axolotl
Oct 09, 2019

Brilliant. The Prince and the Dressmaker is fun, funny, and inspiring. Both the plot and its conflict are a very serious and realistic, but the art style and dialogue make lighten it up and create a fascinating and heartwarming novel.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Sep 20, 2019

An absolutely amazing graphic novel!!! Can't praise it enough

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

I'm giving this book a big thumbs up! First off I loved the plot line of this book. In this book a Prince named Sebastian secretly hires a dressmaker. Sebastian hires Frances after witnessing a Princess wear one of her DARING designs to a ball, only if Frances works for him, nobody can ever know that she is designing for ROYALTY. Nobody can know that the crowned Prince Sebastian is actually a CROSS DRESSER! I absolutely adored this graphic novel, and was so impressed by the artwork. Jen Wang did an amazing job of capturing a wide range of emotions in her drawings. There was a few panels of drawings in particular that really sold me because she managed to capture Sebastian's complete look of DREAD just by adding a few extra lines around his eyes. Jen Wang is a very talented artist. Another thing I loved about this Graphic novel is of course the clothing, because this book is about a dress maker and a cross dressing Prince, you better believe there are some jaw dropping costumes and amazing floral prints through out this book. I almost wish this Graphic Novel was longer, just so I could see Jen Wang come up with a couple more Costumes for Sebastian's alter ego, Lady Crystallia.

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SCL_Christine
Jul 22, 2019

This was AMAZING. The story is absolutely wonderful and the artistry is beautiful. This book is adorable and has a refreshing light-hearted story. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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jadetonjes
Jul 13, 2019

I am so incredibly glad that I picked this up! I read a few graphic novels in elementary school but none of them were as quality as this one, so I'm going to say this is my first graphic novel! And I loved it.

The artwork/drawings (I'm not sure the correct terminology yet) were phenomenal, they were very detailed and it was very easy to detect expressions from the characters (without looking at the words).

THE STORY WAS SO CUTE THOUGH. Ah I loved it so much. I loved the secrecy at first that he was her client but he didn't want to reveal himself to her because he was afraid. Then as the story went on he became more and more comfortable in his own skin. Frances & Sebastian's friendship was precious, I couldn't tell if they were really more than friends... like they kissed but I'm not really sure what that means. It doesn't really make a difference to me because I just loved their dynamic. Also the ending where the King joins in the fashion show type thing was truly incredible and I honestly wasn't expecting it. I was expecting more just a support from the audience type of vibe but no, it was all out "I am doing this with you because you're my son and I love you."

This was just overall so adorable of a story. It was a perfect first graphic novel for me and a great Pride Month read ️‍

Chapel_Hill_MegM Jun 16, 2019

I loved this book! It is great for any age. The pacing is fantastic and you really get a feel for the characters within the story. The illustrations are beautiful. One of our main characters is nonbinary and it is a great representation of being enby. As small aside: It is clear the illustrator loves designing clothing as well and the designs had me grinning from ear to ear!

Graphic Novels can be hit or miss for me, as sometimes it can be difficult to fully develop a plot in condensed conversation bubbles. This book is not only hands down, my new favorite Graphic Novel, but also one of the greatest "feel good" stories I've ever read! By day, he is Prince Sebastian. By night, he is Lady Crystallia, the hottest fashion icon in Paris; all thanks to his brand new Seamstress who has a special eye for making beautiful things for beautiful people. It's a romantic fairy tail of a modern sort, that tells a story of identity, acceptance, friendship, and family.

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Myst_1983
May 26, 2019

This is a good book, and one of my favourites. Without even going into the social aspects of it, or inclusion, etc., it's just a good book.

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WoodneathKristie
May 22, 2019

The Prince and the Dressmaker is a lovely, refreshing take on the traditional fairy tale. An affirming story about self-identity, confidence, friendship, and love, this story speaks to all of us who have dreamed to be more, but felt like we needed to compromise our vision. Watching both Frances and Sebastian grapple with who they are and what is important to them is fun, but the climax is what really elevates this tale and makes it sublime. At that moment, I felt such deep yearning for this to be real history, and such resolve to make the present live up to this lofty vision.

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susan_findlay
May 14, 2019

Creative and beautifully illustrated. I'd highly recommend this one to anyone who likes graphic novels; they're just not my cup of tea.

Great topic. Very expressive art. A bit minimalist when it comes to dialogue, and while usually this isn't an issue, sometimes it is. Despite the thickness of the item, it's surprisingly short, and some of the plotpoints that are brought up aren't fully explored. It's a good read, but I feel like it could have been better. A sequel would be lovely.

Anna_LibraryT May 07, 2019

Charming, expressive art tells the story of a secretly gender-fluid prince who sometimes secretly enjoys wearing dresses, and the skilled young seamstress he hires to create beautiful gowns for him. Their relationship is tested when it becomes clear that if she becomes too well-known, fulfilling her dressmaking dreams, it could put his secret and his future at risk. A touching story of two people exploring their identities, grappling with responsibilities, and discovering what is truly important to them.

VoldyMort Apr 08, 2019

Beautifully illustrated and with a message that never goes out of style 'The Prince and the Dressmaker' can be enjoyed by both novice and seasoned comic book readers. The comic follows the story of Frances, a budding fashion designer and Sebastian, a Prince with a flair for dramatics and style. Their story about friendship, love, and bucking social conformity is as refreshing as it is comforting. A must read!

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kwsmith
Mar 29, 2019

Crown Prince Sebastian has a secret: he likes to wear pretty dresses. This charming colorful graphic novel has it all: gorgeous dresses and a cute modern romance set in turn of the century Paris.

knitsewrainbow Mar 12, 2019

Love wins. That's the message of this graphic novel set in a time when dressing as a woman could scandalously ruin a man's place in society. But for one dressmaker, it is a chance to bring her fashion forward designs to life - as long as she keeps his secret. A price that becomes too high to pay when fear of being found out causes the prince to make a terrible choice that hurts his most loyal companion. But as in the best of fairy tales, all is not lost, ultimately the prince and the dressmaker find ways to be true to themselves and to each other in this wonderfully illustrated tale of courage, acceptance, and love.

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Jdkwinxgrl
Mar 11, 2019

If you aren't reading this, or haven't read it... GO DO IT!!

DCLkids Mar 01, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. In this historical graphic novel fantasy set in France, there is a secret among the fashion world. A great read for fantasy fans in grades 7-8.

JCLChrisK Feb 13, 2019

A highly engaging story of two interesting characters.

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Wordsy
Jan 24, 2019

Pick this one up for the illustrations alone! Wowza! This is a cute graphic novel about a prince who has a secret and a dressmaker who has a goal. They come together in an unusual way, and must rely on each other's support to become their true selves and realize their happy ending. It's a bit light for the subject matter at hand, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing (I mean, we have plenty of heavy versions of this story out there, right?).

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sarahcharlotte999
Jan 15, 2019

Am I the only one who thinks the Prince acts like a jerk to the two women who like him?

Prince Sebastian has got an incredibly difficult path to climb. That said, in the midst of an argument, Sebastian makes a serious threat to his best friend Frances. He almost immediately retracts his words. But that scene still chills me a bit. I don't think the story truly delves into the consequences of Sebastian's actions toward Frances.

I also wished that the story gave a happier ending to Princess Juliana. Juliana, in her own subtle way, tries to move beyond traditional gender roles. She tells Sebastian that she likes him because he seems kind and sensitive -- because he doesn't fit into the mold of a traditional dude. Juliana then takes the initiative to ask Sebastian out. But Juliana doesn't get any points for that glimpse of emotional maturity. Instead, the story abandons her, confused and frustrated, at the end.

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KEFaith
Jan 15, 2019

This was a sweet story about being true to yourself. I loved the innocent love story. The Prince's struggle to stay true to who he is without compromising his responsibilities is a struggle many can relate to. This is a really cute book!

IndyPL_NicoleN Jan 03, 2019

I loved the beautiful art, the fashion and the characters. The main characters are confidants, understandable and not judgmental about the other. Refreshing story, where nothing is defined or labeled and I enjoyed the ending.


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