The Prince and the Dressmaker

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I’m not a tailor, but I found this book fit perfectly! In this graphic novel, the prince Sebastian likes to wear dresses but does so in secret because his father the king would find it un-princely. Helped by his dressmaker, Francis, he keeps his life as Lady Cystalina secret until he’s caught by another prince, which forces Sebastian and Francis onto the runway. Ultimately Sebastian’s friends and even the king come to accept him for who he is, and he stops pretending to be someone he’s not.

There is a lot of emotion in this book, but it’s really just about feeling overwhelmed when trying to keep a secret to fit in or do what’s expected of you and finding the strength to stick up for others and yourself. I think there is a lot of pressure on kids to act a certain way, and it’s hard to be sure of yourself.

I loved the colorful pictures and the creative dresses that Francis makes, especially because I am really interested in fashion. But I think any older elementary to middle schooled kids who feel like they don’t fit in will love this book. Although The Prince and the Dressmaker is a comic, it felt very realistic and believable. Despite their struggles, this book will leave you feeling happy.

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Author Jen Wang
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher First Second
Publish Date 2018-Feb-13
ISBN 9781626723634
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Issue May 2018
Category Young Adult


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