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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula Paperback – February 24, 2015
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First item on the list is that I thought the art was great. It reminds me of the comic strips that I read back when I was younger, and it's definitely a different type of graphic novel than I've been reading. I thought the sketches were quite nicely done and quite pleasing. A lot of the images were very cute even when they were supposed to be kind of evil creatures?
Overall, I did think this was a cute read. I'm not sure it had a plot, but I kind of just enjoyed going with it. Princess Decomposia was a strong, super capable heroine that was so realistic. Count Spatula was cool, and I liked Clove as well. It was just a cute read that didn't really have too much going on, but it's still super easy to get through.
I did have some issues with the world building, though. You apparently really have to read the summary of the book or else you're screwed to understand what the creatures are and what's happening. There's absolutely no backstory besides that, so I kept going, wait, I thought these people were vampires? Are they not vampires? I think Princess Decomposia was a princess of the Underworld? Like, maybe? And I don't know what the king was supposed to be other than looking a bit like an onion? I DON'T KNOW. I AM SO CONFUSED. I DIDN'T GET ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WORLD AND WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WHY THINGS WERE HAPPENING. I AM SO CONFUSED STILL BUT I MEAN, I STILL KIND OF ENJOYED IT.
And the romance was kind of meh. Wasn't feeling it too much.
Overall, this was a short fun read, but it didn't really have much a plot, deep characterization, or in-depth or really any world building. Andi Watson definitely has a talent for art, and it did have some super fun moments. If you're looking for something light and not deep at all, this is your story that will fill up a little bit of your time. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
Spatula brings some light into the frustration of Decomposia’s world. He makes gorgeous, sweet-laden creations that ease diplomatic relations and make Decomposia smile. The two become friends – and it doesn’t escape the staff’s notice. But the king still wants things done his way, and it’s pushing Decomposia to stand her ground.
I love this sweet story. We’ve got a spunky, independent heroine who is frustrated and buckling under a pile of responsibilities; an adorable friendship/budding romance with a sweet chef who just wants to make tasty, exciting desserts and make the princess happy; and a parent who has a lesson or two to learn in responsibility. Some will call it quirky, but for kids like me, who grew up with The Addams Family and The Munsters, this hit the spot. It’s a great story of friendship and family, with fun black and white art that will appeal to tween readers and older.