Prince and the Dressmaker – book review

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The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang
Graphic Novel
Young Adult Fiction
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Frances is a young seamstress who finds a position as the Prince’s “dressmaker” when one of her designs – very risqué – debuts at a ball held in his honor. Prince Sebastian loves her ideas and wants her to make eye-catching, traffic-stopping gowns for him when he dresses up as Lady Crystallia. Together, they have the most marvelous time – Frances not only gets to design the dresses worn by the Prince, but she also accompanies him to the events where he shows them off. The catch is that no one can know the Prince’s true identity. This comes back to haunt Frances later on when she’s well-established as his seamstress, but can’t lay claim to her own designs. Sebastian fears that no one – especially his father – will be able to accept the part of him that loves dressing up. And, even though Frances loves the Prince, she can’t remain invisible and anonymous – her talent and ambition won’t allow it. How will they resolve this impasse? This story of self-discovery is lovely. Sebastian and Frances’ friendship is sweet and Sebastian’s family’s resounding acceptance of and love for their son is affirming and refreshing. Frances’ designs sweep across the pages as Lady Crystallia sashays boldy where no prince has gone before.

Reviewed by YA Librarian