The Prince and The Dressmaker, by Jen Wang

download (1)Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret life of dressing up as the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend’s secret.

This book was not what I expected it to be, but it wasn’t bad at all. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t connect with it until 100 pages in. That’s not very good for a book. I also didn’t know what time period this book was in, or how old the characters were. They looked like thirteen-year-olds to me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and will probably pick up another book by Ms. Wang.

The writing (and drawing style) was very sweet and it spoke of an author who put a lot of time and effort into her work. I respect Ms. Wang for that and have to say that I loved that part of this book. The dialogue was all very realistic and I loved how anyone could be having conversations like these. I was very curious about how Ms. Wang would address the question of why Sebastian wears dresses and she answered it in a way that makes me think that Sebastian is genderfluid (which is fine with me).

The characters were all so realistic and I felt for them. I loved how well they were drawn and how the art portrayed how they were inside. There were feelings on their faces that could not be put into words well. I loved both Sebastian and Frances, although I felt like their romance was unnecessary. I enjoyed the way that Ms. Wang drew the characters in motion and I also loved how she made them relatable. I also enjoyed how Ms. Wang wrote the characters. I liked her art a lot, and I think that the book was better with kids than it would have been with adults.

The artwork was beautiful and I was addicted to it as much as I was to the book. Ms. Wang is a very talented artist and I loved how detailed it was. Ms. Wang’s art was probably my favorite part of this book. There were whole pages where there was just art, no dialogue. Those were probably my favorite pages of the book because I just sat there and drank it all in. Ms. Wang is a very good artist and I loved her work a lot.

The plot was very well written and I enjoyed it. But I did think that it was a little bit fast-paced, but I could deal with it. I liked how realistic it was but I couldn’t figure out what time period it was in. The Prince and The Dressmaker was said to be set at the dawn of the modern age, but everyone was still talking about carriages and corsets like it was the 1700 or 1800s. I still enjoyed the book, it just confused me more than I thought that it would. I couldn’t connect with the book very well either but that might have just been me. 

The Prince and The Dressmaker Quotes

This book was okay but I didn’t really connect with it and some things about it confused me. I wish that I had liked this book more, but I didn’t. I recommend it to people that love comic books and graphic novels. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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