This book is the very definition of charming. Soft colors and curved lines bring vibrant and bold characters to life in this tale of friendship, family, self-love, and, of course, absolutely stunning dresses. Recommended By Carrie L., Powells.com
When it comes to kids' graphic novels, it can sometimes be difficult to balance feel-good emotions with serious topics. Jen Wang balances both well in this sweet story about gender identity, acceptance, and artistic passion. The great story combined with whimsical illustrations makes this a perfect book for any graphic novel lover. Recommended By Brianna B., Powells.com
This book is a little miracle about how stifling being forced into an identity can be and how liberating it is to finally break out and find yourself. Beautiful illustrations in soft pastels make this story about acceptance and gorgeous dresses a delightful pool to soak in. Recommended By Cosima C., Powells.com
This gorgeous graphic novel about a prince who's just a little bit different is sweet, thoughtful, and wise. Prince Sebastian has a secret that he keeps at all costs, but when he meets Frances, his life changes dramatically. This is a coming-of-age story which underscores that a "little bit different" is not only just fine, but it's also perfect. Adorable! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Adorable, delightful, sensitive, and unexpected, The Prince and the Dressmaker is a celebration of what makes each of us unique and beautiful. I fell in love with this story of discovery and friendship, as well as with the gorgeous illustrations. Recommended By McKenzie W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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.
This title has Common Core connections.
"Gorgeously dense artwork, lively sense of movement, effervescent fashions, sweet romance, and heartwarming denouement." Booklist, starred review
"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
"It’s all but certain to deliver grins, gasps, and some happy tears." Publisher Weekly, starred review
About the Author
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.