The Prince and the Dressmaker (Paperback)
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a brideor 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 Crystalliathe hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastians secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Francesone of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someones 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.
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About the Author
Jen Wang is a cartoonist, author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Prince and the Dressmaker, Koko Be Good, and co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Believer, Hazlitt, Slate, and McSweeneys. She has also written for the Adventure Time and Lumberjanes comic series. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comics Arts Los Angeles.
A Washington Post Best Graphic Novel of 2018
A NPR Best Book of 2018
A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2018
A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
Joint winner of the 2018 Harvey Award for Best Childrens or Young Adult Book
2019 Childrens and Teen Choice Book Awards Teen Book of the Year
"There is so much love in Wangs illustrations, which are perfectly suited to the fairy tale nature of the book...its completely satisfying. In modern fairy tales, there really are happy endings."New York Times
"Leave it to such a gifted artist to create this love letter to aesthetic design set against the story of a relationship blossoming between seamstress and prince." Washington Post, from their "10 Best Graphic Novels of 2018"
"Jen Wangs cartooning is full of warmth and charm." AV Club, from their "10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2018"
"A unique and thoroughly modern fairy tale. . . . a great story about being true to yourself and the kind of companionship you can find when you do." Nerdist
"This graphic novel has all the trappings of a rags-to-riches romance. And it is onein a joyfully subversive and inclusive way." Horn Book, starred review
"Gorgeously dense artwork, lively sense of movement, effervescent fashions, sweet romance, and heartwarming denouement." Booklist, starred review
"With inviting illustrations and a relatable story line, this tender tale of friendship and identity is sure to delight even readers who arent fans of the graphic novel format."School Library Journal, starred review
"Its all but certain to deliver grins, gasps, and some happy tears." Publisher Weekly, starred review
"A visual feast, filled with exuberant charm and delightful characters." VOYA
"For kids who never found a Disney princess costume to fitliterally or figurativelyWang offers a second chance to claim a fairy tale of ones own. Readers new, or resistant, to graphic novels will also discover magic here in Wangs visual storytelling." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books