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The Prince and the Dressmaker Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1250159857
LANGUAGE:English

" I read it too quickly..must reread to fully digest it! But wonderful, beautifully illustrated with characters and a story that can sweep you away.Upon a second read, I’m no more coherent but enjoyed it just as much, seeing the small changes in the characters’ expressions and stances as their relationships change. Lovely flowing clothing and matching panels that pull you along with ease. " said.

"Admittedly I'm still a newbie when it comes to graphic novels, but one of my reading goals this year was to delve into them more and I knew this would be the perfect place to start!

Without getting too spoilery, Prince Sebastian is in need of a wife... his parents are determined to find him a perfect match, but all he wants to do is spend his time as his alter ego, Lady Crystallia, the biggest fashion icon of the time.

His best friend and dressmaker, Frances has helped him create this larger than life persona, but at a cost to herself.  Because of who Sebastian is, her talents have to remain hidden and no one can know she is the one who has created these amazing dresses and so her dreams are dashed.

Wang does an amazing job of conveying so much feeling and emotion within her images, and I was blown away by the depth and feeling found within each panel.

Ultimately, this is a story about love, and expectations, and family, and friendship... but I think the biggest message it has is about acceptance and being comfortable in our own skin and embracing who you are.

If you're new to graphic novels or someone who has been reading them for ages, or even fall somewhere in between, you're going find something to love about this story.  Filled with gorgeous art, a heartwarming and lovely story this is something you truly don't want to miss out on.
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" This is the cutest everrrrr. My favorite part was (view spoiler)[ seeing the King support his son. Especially when he wore a dress for the fashion show. (hide spoiler)]. I don't think I have much else to say. If you are into graphic novels and you lean towards happy feeling stories, then this will probably be for you :) " said.

" 4 A goddess version of yourself STARS

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Puse este libro en mi estantería de LGBTQ, aunque ningún personaje es homosexual, pero si toca el tema de lo que es jugar con los márgenes de las características de género preestablecidas, así que para mi si entra en este topic.

Una historia muy tierna y fácil de leer. Innovadora y cliché al mismo tiempo.


Retrata la historia de Frances, una joven costurera que sueña en convertirse en una famosa diseñadora. Un día crea un vestido tan “escandaloso” que llega oídos del Príncipe, que la contrata par que trabaje para él.

El príncipe Sebastián, tiene un pequeño secreto, le gusta usar vestidos. Para poder utilizarlos crea un alter ego llamado Lady Crystallia.

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Es maravillosos ver a Sebastián pasar de ser el tímido Príncipe, a convertirse en una chica confidente llena de estilo y personalidad.

Obviamente Frances y Sebastián se enamoran, y enfrentan los problemas sociales que conlleva que un Príncipe disfrute utilizar ropa de mujer.

Una historia fácil de llevar, con un arte precioso, y que esconde muchos mensajes entre líneas, super recomendable." said.

"The Prince and the Dressmaker, is by far the cutest thing I’ve read this year.

It’s about a teenage prince who likes to cross-dress, and the seamstress who has bigger dreams than her age, and the pains of growing up, in a way. It’s a story out of a fairytale, and the illustrations fit the narrative perfectly. This isn’t my favourite illustration style, but it definitely is the best for Jen Wang’s story.

Their story starts with a dress Frances made for the ball given in the honor of Sebastian, who is the prince. Sebastian likes the dress so much that decides to employ Frances – and have her make dresses for himself.

They become friends immediately, and live through the ups and downs of friendship, of growing up, of discovering yourself. I loved how Frances accepted Sebastian thoroughly and did this withouth a second thought! I also loved how the issue was handled (in a lot of ways), and how Frances went out and worked hard to make something for herself.

It also has a lot of positive messages spread out, but Jen Wang doesn’t hit you in the face with them – they’re subtle, little things that you pick up or see while reading the story of Frances and Sebastian.

It’s definitely something I’d read over and over again when I’m feeling down, and when I want something cute and fun and happy to remind myself hope is a part of life, and there are people who’ll accept me as I am – as Frances did to Sebastian.

I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

It made me smile and go “aww” a lot, and I’ll end my very short review with this:



I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange an honest review.

Read more of my reviews @ Tea Leaves and Book Pages.
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" 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. " said.

"This is so cute! However it is so simple.

This is a gorgeously illustrated tale of a young prince who leads a double life as Lady Crystalia and his seamstress. The story is about finding who you are as a person and accepting it.

The plot is exactly what you’d expect from an animated movie or cartoon with a bit of project runway on the side. It is about acceptance and it is cute, brief and to the point. Too me it was a bit too simple.

The illustrations are wonderful. Big colorful pages. Amazing dress design.

It just felt really young. This is listed as YA but I think middle grades might be more appropriate.

Super cute I’d love to check out more works by the artist/author.
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" I might get to read this one. A family member went to an author event and got a signed copy this week--I was allowed to look and sniff it, not touch. And, I'll tell you, that color ink makes the "new book" smell completely different. Very pungent. Word was that the illustrator worked on Adventure Time so it was a big deal and a group of them went to meet and greet. Who am I kidding. The library or nothing. I never got to touch the signed Fight Club, either. " said.

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