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 Prince and the dressmaker
 Author: Wang, Jen

 Publisher:  First Second (2018)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 276 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 22 cm

 BTSB No: 919425 ISBN: 9781250159854
 Ages: 13-18 Grades: 8-12

 Subjects:
 Graphic novels
 Cross-dressing -- Fiction
 Princes -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Dressmakers -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Fashion -- Fiction
 Paris (France) -- Fiction

Price: $26.48

Summary:
Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret of dressing up as the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend's secret. In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 193710
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 72811

Reviews:
   Booklist (01/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2018 *Starred Review* Frances, a seamstress living in Paris at the turn of the century, causes quite a stir when she designs a daring, avant-garde ballgown for a count’s daughter, who blithely asks to be dressed “like the devil’s wench.” Though the countess is displeased, her daughter is enchanted, and so is the crown prince, Sebastian, who immediately hires Frances with an unusual request: he wants her to make him a wardrobe of bold, glamorous gowns. Secrecy, of course, is paramount, but Frances loves having the freedom to design the dresses of her dreams, which are making quite a name for the prince’s au courant alter ego, Lady Crystallia. Wang’s buoyant, richly colored artwork beautifully envisions Frances’ designs against an already captivating background. It’s not that the de rigueur fashions are ugly or boring—rather, everything is beautiful—but Frances’ ensembles stand out stunningly. As Lady Crystallia gains notoriety, and Frances gets closer to meeting her idol, a designer of ballet costumes, elements of Frances’ designs trickle subtly into the wider fashion world. But fame brings attention, and Seb’s worries about being exposed surpass his loyalty to his friend. Though the conclusion is perhaps too rosy given the suggested time period, that’s an easy quibble to forgive, thanks to the gorgeously dense artwork, lively sense of movement, effervescent fashions, sweet romance, and heartwarming denouement. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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