The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Book - 2018
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Prince Sebastian hides form his parents his secret life of dressing up as the the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend's secret.
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250159854
Characteristics: 276 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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A prince with a secret finds a true friend who helps him become his authentic self.

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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!

Oct 29, 2019

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

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.

Sep 20, 2019

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

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.

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.

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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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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