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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
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it was amazing
bookshelves: lgbtqia, middle-grade, vcfa-bibliography, wndb, graphic-novels

This sweet MG graphic novel introduces us to a cross-dressing prince who hires a full time dressmaker simply to have someone in his life who gets him. It's a great deal for her until being a secret dressmaker means missing out on real career opportunities. They part temporarily, only to discover that having someone who really gets you is actually pretty darn important. For both of them. And the royal family may "get" their son more than he thinks they do (that scene when his dad comes out all burly and chest-haired and wearing a dress, too--had.me.at.hello.)

The relative "unattractiveness" of both the Prince and the dressmaker is an especially powerful move: He's long-nosed, slope necked and gangly while she's round as a bubble with a pug nose and freckles. In addition, this lack of attractiveness is never discussed even once; it's just taken for-granted in a way that we could use a lot more of in every kind of media.

Chalk it up to charming characters, winsome, living drawings, and an unbeatable message about acceptance, love and family: this book is a keeper.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 31, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 1, 2018 – Shelved
April 1, 2018 – Shelved as: wndb
April 1, 2018 – Shelved as: vcfa-bibliography
April 1, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
April 1, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade
April 8, 2018 – Shelved as: graphic-novels

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