Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

34506912.jpg

A heartwarming tale of friendship and acceptance.

Prince Sebastian is being forced to choose a bride, as dictated by his parents, the king and queen. However Sebastian has a huge secret that only Emile, his footman, knows about. At night, Sebastian enjoys going out into Paris in gorgeous gowns portraying Lady Crystallia, his fashion icon persona.

At the same time, Frances, a poor dressmaker, is discovered by Sebastian and subsequently hired to make the dresses he has envisioned. Frances and Sebastian become close friends, but keeping Sebastian’s secret means that Frances can never tell anyone she is the designer of these amazing dresses. As Sebastian struggles with keeping his secret quiet, Frances has to decide what’s more important, following her own dreams or helping her friend in any way she can.

This book has been nominated for many awards and it absolutely deserves them all. It’s charming, sweet, beautiful and incredibly illustrated. I love the art style because I felt it really reflected the time period in which this takes place and it made me feel like I was in the story with our characters. The message of the book of embracing yourself and embracing others for their differences is excellently executed and I enjoyed every minute of reading this. It was a sweet book but didn’t feel overwhelmingly cutesy or unrealistic. It was wholesome and heartwarming and I wanted to wear every dress in the book. Jen Wang absolutely earned a new fan with me and I’m excited to keep an eye out on her future work.

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN:  9781626723634

Three Descriptors: Heartwarming, Beautifully illustrated, Charming

Read Alikes:
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
Princess Princess Every After by Katie O’Neill
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s