The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Available At: Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (MS), Eagleview

Categories: LGBTQ+

Description: A fairy tale graphic novel that tells the story of a Prince Sebastian, who dresses as the glamorous Lady Crystallia by night.

YA Label?: Sometimes

Notes: As a queer narrative, Sebastian doesn’t have any labels—he is just a boy who enjoys wearing dresses. There is no indication that he is trans or gay, he just likes to wear dresses sometimes. He performs as both Sebastian and Lady Crystallia.

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Page 37: “Prince Sebastian says, “I’m so sorry. Please don’t tell anyone about this. I’m the king’s only son. If anybody found out the prince wore dresses, it would ruin the whole family.””

Page 44: “The seamstress asks, ‘Can I ask? Why do you wear girl clothes?’ Prince Sebastian replies, ‘Some days I look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘That’s me, Prince Sebastian! I wear boy clothes and look like my father. Other days it doesn’t feel right at all. Those days I feel like I’m actually…a princess.’”

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