Author: Jen Wang
Rating: 5+/5 Stars
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: First Second
Source: Ebook VIA Netgalley
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.
An ARC copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review
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AND NOW ONTO THE REVIEW!
OH.MY.GOSH! This is the cutest story ever!
First off, the cover encompasses the story, and the colours are appealing and blend well to make the cover stunning. Look at how cute the Prince, Sebastian, and Frances, his dressmaker are.
Secondly, the graphics! Being a reader and reviewer, many of us do not take into account the tedious work that goes into creating graphic novels. Included at the end of the story, Jen Wang shows her entire process of how this story came to be. From sketching (and re-sketching) to changing the characters as she went, even explaining how each detail is fine-tuned to get the perfect story.
This is one of my favourite panels in the book. The colours are bright and vibrant, and the details are spot on with each of the characters. This is one of the first introductions that readers have with the prince appearing in this dress, and it is one of the most beautiful dresses I have seen. It gives me a Belle-like feel, and the glowing colour paired with the flowers! AGH I LOVE IT ALL! Then, while the prince steps out looking stunning and drop-dead gorgeous, we have our little Dressmaker, Frances, being wholly stunned as to what is happening before her eyes. I need to find this dress ASAP, either that or I need someone to make it for me!
Thirdly, THE STORYLINE! It was set up correctly and flowed from one chapter to another. I was able to see as the character developed, and start to know when the characters realized that this is what they are meant to do in their lives. It was such a cute read, I can’t believe it’s over! I NEED MORE! This book is perfect for people of all ages because it tells the tale of accepting someone for who they are, and it does not depend on their gender or their social status.
*Side Note*: I absolutely ADORED how each chapter had a picture of a different sewing pattern piece. Being a crafter myself, I thought it was such a cute touch and really added to the whole story. The overall outcome of what the pattern was making is revealed at the end (or at least I believe it is shown at the end).
Now, I am not saying that you should go out right now and buy this book, wait, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I AM SAYING TO DO! Go out and indulge a little, experience a graphic novel (which I haven’t read in quite sometime before I read this one). It’s nice to change up routine, and this book is the perfect quick and adorable read. I will definitely be going out to grab a physical copy of this book when it comes out so I am able to re-read it as many times as my heart desires!
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. jenwang.net