Read To Reel: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Read to Reel. Universal Pictures has optioned the graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, about a seamstress and a prince who sometimes wears dresses at night.

This is the story

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

This title has Common Core connections.


“"There is so much love in Wang’s illustrations, which are perfectly suited to the fairy tale nature of the’s completely satisfying. In modern fairy tales, there really are happy endings."

―The New York Times

“"Jen Wang’s cartooning is full of warmth and charm."

AV Club, from their "10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2018"

"This graphic novel has all the trappings of a rags-to-riches romance. And it is one―in a joyfully subversive and inclusive way."

―Horn Book, starred review

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Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel IN REAL LIFE (First Second) with Cory Doctorow, KOKO BE GOOD (First Second), and the upcoming THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER (First Second/February 2018). Her work has also appearred in Los Angeles Magazine, Hazlitt, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Portland Mercury. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival COMIC ARTS LOS ANGELES.

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