- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 360 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: First Second (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162672363X
- ISBN-13: 978-1626723634
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is so much love in Wang’s illustrations, which are perfectly suited to the fairy tale nature of the book...it’s completely satisfying. In modern fairy tales, there really are happy endings."―New York Times
"Jen Wang’s cartooning is full of warmth and charm." ―AV Club, from their "10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2018"
"A unique and thoroughly modern fairy tale. . . . a great story about being true to yourself and the kind of companionship you can find when you do." ―Nerdist
"This graphic novel has all the trappings of a rags-to-riches romance. And it is one―in a joyfully subversive and inclusive way." ―Horn Book, starred review
"Gorgeously dense artwork, lively sense of movement, effervescent fashions, sweet romance, and heartwarming denouement." ―Booklist, starred review
"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."―School Library Journal, starred review
"It’s all but certain to deliver grins, gasps, and some happy tears." ―Publisher Weekly, starred review
"A visual feast, filled with exuberant charm and delightful characters." ―VOYA
"For kids who never found a Disney princess costume to fit―literally or figuratively―Wang offers a second chance to claim a fairy tale of one’s own. Readers new, or resistant, to graphic novels will also discover magic here in Wang’s visual storytelling." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger's Fake Mustache. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.
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It was a surprisingly quick read, but because the images take up so much space, it ends up being a pretty hefty book, so I felt like I was getting a lot of value out of it. The design of the cover and the sturdiness is great, and while I was surprised that in some senses the lineart seemed a little unpolished, that in no way detracted from the read - and I'm really happy to support a growing artist.
It's a graphic novel about a prince who hires a seamstress to make dresses for him. No one but his seamstress knows he likes wearing dresses and going out into the night life. He is worried his greatest fears will be realized, and his father, the king will discover his secret and be shamed by it.
This is a story about friendship, love and acceptance of the things that make us different from others. The art work is wonderful. It's a beautiful story and one I won't soon forget.
The dresses are also a fancy-free visual to behold. Frances' first dress that she makes for the Lady Sophia had me in stitches, and that girl was working it! I'm so glad I picked this graphic novel up.
The whole thing was so charming and delightful, it's one of the best short reads I've had in a long time.
Most recent customer reviews
The outfits are amazing
Loved everything about it and hopefully there will be another like it