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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,075 ratings  ·  246 reviews
Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated.

This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and al
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by First Second
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Tye Emert When I read the book I took it that Princess Decoposia is like the Daughter of Death taken from the word 'decomposition' or to decompose and to make r…moreWhen I read the book I took it that Princess Decoposia is like the Daughter of Death taken from the word 'decomposition' or to decompose and to make rotten which is ironic because her character isn't that of a rotten princess but sweet. King Wulfrun I'm not entirely sure but I took it that he's like Hades and father to the underworld. I hope this helped ya in some way.(less)

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Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is so cute! It's an underworld romance. The King of the Underworld has become a hypochondriac. He has taken to his bed and has left the kingdom to his daughter to handle. But he still has the last word on all decisions and wants his daughter to wait on him bony hand and bony foot.
The palace chef quits and Count Spatula is hired. He is a vampire with a sweet tooth. He likes sweets so much that he has lost a lot of teeth.
So he finds his way into her heart with delicious bake
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this story kinda boring and didn't love the art. :D I did really love Clove she was really cute! ...more
First Second Books
Mar 04, 2015 marked it as first-second-publications
We're so delighted to be publishing this absolutely charming book by Andi Watson!

Who can resist the power of solving diplomatic problems through magical baking? I mean, seriously. I myself found magical-baking-diplomacy extremely difficult to resist.

This book is adorable and lovely and it's all about workplace problems in a very light and approachable way, which I think is just super.

Dave Schaafsma
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great title, especially for a kid's graphic novel, eh? Not scary, even in the R. L. Stine sense. Takes place in the underworld, with an overworked princess and her (maybe) ill father, King Wulfrun, and (especially) Count Spatula, who develops a close relationship to the princess. She seems very young at first, under her Daddy's thumb, but not too young for love, looks like. The rest of the world is populated with zombies, vampires, ghosts, and so on. The big reveals have to do with 1) the prince ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Kind of cute, but it felt rushed and unfinished. The art was somewhat inconsistent, especially noticeable on Princess Decomposia's hair. She has a unique hairstyle, which makes it obvious when it's been drawn off model. The story was ok, but it could have been better with more development. Much of the book felt like filler, and even though I thought those were the best parts, it made the thin plot even more noticeable. ...more
Marvelously charming! The illustrations are unique in that while the characters may be the undead it alights within the reader a warm and fuzzy glow. It’s like watching the young Gomez & Morticia (You know, if, the Addams family ever decided to be rulers over an undead kingdom and have us watch this amazing romance budding throughout at least the first few episodes).


Princess Decomposia takes care of her unwell father, and runs a kingdom simultaneously. She is usually too busy to eat, much less
Read this with my daughter, her choice.

2.5 stars. Definitely for the tween set. Maybe would have rated this higher had it been a little bit shorter.
Neil (or bleed)
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Engaging and cute.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this would be a lot cuter than I thought it was going to be? Like, I mean, it was cute and all, but it wasn't super super super adorable and funny, which I thought it was going to be. So, yeah, there's that.

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 o
Very cute
J.D. Estrada
A quick and sweet little read, Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula is an inventive little story about a princess of the Underworld who has to cope with a nagging manipulating and whiny king father, who is so nitpicky that the staff rarely lasts too long.

Enter Count Spatula, a pastry chef of the likes never seen in the Underworld, whose lemon drizzle cake is unlike ANY other lemon drizzle cake or cake for that matter.

Whimsical, fun, silly, and sweet. A great read for younger audiences or if yo
Cait S
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Suuuuper cute. I wish this was a series because how adorable is a vampire baker falling in love with a vampire princess? Come on. So precious. The art style got a little redundant for me, not a lot of variation between pages or scenes but it was a really adorable story.
Mesho 👾
It was so cute .
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute story about a princess attempting to do good amidst counterproductive odds. With sweet vampire chef.

I wanted this to win me over just a bit more, but I can't think of anything bad to say about it besides the fact that Decomposia is the only female-presenting character of note.

Maybe it would have helped kick it up a notch if it had been in color, and if a bit more attention had been paid to detailing the food. The parts that really stand out in my head are the bits where they're presenting
Skye Kilaen
SO CUTE! And full of monsters. What more could you want?

To add a few more details, though, it's about Princess Decomposia, who is running herself ragged with royal work while her father malingers. She's never really thought about how unfair that is. She hasn't had a minute to think, she's too busy! Then a new chef arrives to work at the palace. Count Spatula is a vampire who lost his fangs to his passion for sweets, and he quickly determines that the Princess could really use a break. And some

Provided by the publisher for review via NetGalley.

This is such a delightful and charming little romance. It's about the very busy Princess Decomposia (Dee to her friends) who does all of the hard work of running the Underworld for her "very sick" father. Along comes the new cook, Count Spatula who cares for Dee not only by reminding her to eat, but also by giving her the push to stand up for herself and take time out to enjoy life.

The artwork is simplistic without being dull and while it would
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
PDF - I've typically enjoyed Andi's work in the past. This book, however, felt rushed and slight. Looser, sloppier artwork can feel alive and kinetic, but not here - it feels incomplete and rushed. The script needs a good twist that never arrives to get it out of its cookie-cutter rut. Watson's turned in some terrific comics in the past, but this one falls flat. ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful story that embodies the traditional love story with truly dark and Gothic styling. Each of the characters are superbly written and simply and beautifully illustrated, letting the story speak for itself. And you really can't beat a cake loving vampire baker really, can you? An excellent little read. ...more
Weirdly charming, though the graphic side didn't do it as much for me as the story itself. ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson
3★'s my rating
5★'s Brian's rating - He'd give them all 5's:)

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Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated. This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind an
Matthew Brady
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an Andi Watson graphic novel, so of course it's cute. It's about the princess of an underworld kingdom populated with mummies, zombies, ghosts, and the like, and she's exhausted because her father is kind of domineering, but also expects her to do all the work. She ends up hiring the other title character as the palace chef, and hijinx ensue, although they are mostly of the sort involving what delightful dishes he will cook and how her father will react. It's kind of a low-conflict story ...more
Relatively cute story, but the art is very sketchy and rough looking. The king is rather off putting character, but he does seem to be making efforts to change once he sees the error of his ways. The count is a sweetheart. Decomposia is a good person and seems to be trying so hard to do all the things she needs to do.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
Adorable and friendly! An overworked Princess looking for a helping hand but finds love, and learns forgiveness along the way.

Great for middle grade and up!
Kim McGuire
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not much as a graphic novel reader but I really enjoyed this!! ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, did-not-finish
Lovely Fortune
Wholesome, but not that great.
Fun, imaginative and adorable - this graphic novel had me smiling the whole entire time! This amusing little story not only brought on some much needed laughter, it also gives insight to family matters, being brave and how a friendship can possibly blossom into more.

Let's start with Princess Decomposia! The Princess is unbelievably understanding, thoughtful, helpful and caring. Her father, King Wulfrun, has been "ill" for quite some time now and heavily depends on his daughter to take on his re
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Watson, Andi Princess Decomposia, 161 pgs. First Second, 2015. $14.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG(kiss) Violence: G

Princess Decomposia runs the castle by herself now that her father is ill and bedridden. Her job is exhausting and her burden is eased when she befriends the new chef she hired, Count Spatula. He give her some great advice, but this king doesn’t approve and insists she fire him. But its too late, her and the Count might be becoming more than friends.

I did no
Nicola Mansfield
On first look, this delightful book appears deceptively simplistic. Cute black and white illustrations are accompanied by a story that starts out with a busy princess and a grouchy king. However hidden inside these pages is a lovely story about love and friendship full of humour that made me grin, chuckle and sigh. Oh, and it takes place in the underworld, is populated with zombies, vampires, ghosts and such. The princess and the count are adorable ageless characters; the princess is young enoug ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was cute. But I felt vaguely depressed while reading it, and very sorry for Princess Decomposia, who was so overworked she couldn't even take a day off. This seemed more like a parable for the modern adult than a middle grade book, so I compromised and tagged it as young adult. Teens could definitely relate to Decomposia, who feels torn between love and loyalty to her father and her budding friendship and romance with Count Spatula. ...more
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Andrew "Andi" Watson (born 1969) is a British cartoonist and illustrator best known for the graphic novels Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day and his series Love Fights, published by Oni Press and Slave Labor Graphics.

Watson has also worked for more mainstream American comic publishers with some work at DC Comics, a twelve-issue limited series at Marvel Comics, with the majority at Dark Horse Com

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