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March 24, 2020
Prince By Day, Fashion Icon By Night
by Page Turner

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian’s parents may be looking for a bride for him, but no girl has gotten closer than Frances. After attracting the prince’s eye with her original designs, he hires Frances to be his personal dressmaker. She is surprised to find that the prince enjoys wearing dresses but not put off. No one is happier than they are when Lady Crystallia, Sebastian’s alter ego, dazzles Paris. Frances’ designs become highly regarded in the fashion world as Lady Crystallia’s popularity grows. However, they run into trouble as Sebastian struggles to continue hiding his true identity. Will Frances and Sebastian be able to handle Lady Crystallia’s popularity?

The Prince and the Dressmaker is one of my favorite children’s graphic novels. Both the art and the story are captivating and make for an amazing read. The emotional range is astounding, so I would recommend keeping a box of tissues on hand. I found myself sympathizing with both of the main characters throughout the whole story. This book captures both the internal and external struggles of having to hide a part of yourself from the world. I also enjoyed the way that it tackled Frances’ difficulty in dealing with keeping Sebastian’s secret. After all, being privy to a big secret makes it equally hard to hide.

And surprise! The Prince and the Dressmaker is being adapted into a show! Though I don’t know much about it yet, you can follow my Instagram (@page.turner.omnibus) for any updates that I find.

Yours in love and literature, Page.

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