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The Prince and the Dressmaker

By: Jen Wang

Frances has a special order—to make a dress fit for the prince! A gender-defying fairy tale of art and young love. Note about the author’s process. Full-color illustrations done in pencil and india ink, and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781250159854

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Gender Identity
Topics: Cross-dressing , Princes , Secrets , Dressmakers , Friendship , Fashion , Paris, France , Dressmaking , Individuality , Secrecy , LGBTQ , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

2019 Thumbs Up! Award Honor
2019 Eisner Award Winner, Best Publication for Teens
2019 Eisner Award Winner, Best Writer/Artist
2019 CBC Teen Choice Book Award Winner
Rainbow List Choice - 2019
2019 SEE-IT Award Finalist
2019 Mosaic Award Winner
2019 EGL Award Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
2019 Indies Choice Award Finalist, Book of the Year - Young Adult
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
ILA Young Adults' Choices - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Graphic Novels - 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Set in France, this work of historical fiction centers on Frances, a lowly dressmaker in a shop. A wayward teenager commissions Frances to fashion a dress that will make her “look like the devil’s wench.” She complies, and her creation catches the eye of a mysterious wealthy benefactor, for whom she is
[STARRED REVIEW]
Set in France, this work of historical fiction centers on Frances, a lowly dressmaker in a shop. A wayward teenager commissions Frances to fashion a dress that will make her “look like the devil’s wench.” She complies, and her creation catches the eye of a mysterious wealthy benefactor, for whom she is hired to work exclusively. Her patron is Prince Sebastian, who is mortified by his predilection for occasionally wearing dresses. Frances encourages Sebastian to be himself, and together the two create Lady Crystallia, the most fabulous fashion icon Paris has ever seen. In this well-crafted coming-of-age story, both Frances and Sebastian struggle to understand themselves and to embrace their identities. There’s a hint of romance between Frances and Sebastian, but the emphasis is on their friendship. Wang doesn’t dive deeply into Sebastian’s sexual or gender identity, instead focusing on the message of self-acceptance. As Sebastian puts it, “This is who I am. I’m a prince who likes to wear dresses.” The full-color artwork is gorgeous, featuring a variety of over-the-top dresses that fashionistas will envy. Facial expressions and the overall movement of the art enhance the enticing narrative; fans beginning to age out of Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson will find a new favorite in Wang. VERDICT With inviting illustrations and a relatable story line, this tender tale of friendship and identity is sure to delight even readers who aren’t fans of the graphic novel format.—Ellen Conlin, Naperville Public Library, IL

Book Details

ISBN

9781250159854

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 3; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 4;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Gender Identity

Topics

Cross-dressing, Princes, Secrets, Dressmakers, Friendship, Fashion, Paris, France, Dressmaking, Individuality, Secrecy, LGBTQ, Graphic novels,

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