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 always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well.
Luckily for Princess Decomposia, she makes a good hire in Count Spatula, the vampire chef with a sweet tooth. He's a charming go-getter of a blood-sucker, and pretty soon the two young ghouls become friends. And then...more than friends? Maybe eventually, but first Princess Decomposia has to sort out her life. And with Count Spatula at her side, you can be sure she'll succeed.
Andi Watson (Glister, Gum Girl) brings his signature gothy-cute sensibility to this very sweet and mildly spooky tale of friendship, family, and management training for the undead.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Andi Watson was born and raised in the north of England where he loved to draw and read books. It rained a lot. Upon graduating college he realised this was the perfect background for a cartoonist. He has created comics for grown ups and children and those somewhere in between. Occasionally he's been nominated for awards (three Eisners, a Harvey, and a British Comics Awards). He works from home where he should buy fewer books or more bookshelves. He lives in Worcester with his wife and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 of the images were very cute even when they were supposed to be kind of evil creatures? Overall, I did think this was a cute read. I'm not sure it had a plot, but I kind of just enjoyed going with it. Princess Decomposia was a strong, super capable heroine that was so realistic. Count Spatula was cool, and I liked Clove as well. It was just a cute read that didn't really have too much going on, but it's still super easy to get through. I did have some issues with the world building, though. You apparently really have to read the summary of the book or else you're screwed to understand what the creatures are and what's happening. There's absolutely no backstory besides that, so I kept going, wait, I thought these people were vampires? Are they not vampires? I think Princess Decomposia was a princess of the Underworld? Like, maybe? And I don't know what the king was supposed to be other than looking a bit like an onion? I DON'T KNOW. I AM SO CONFUSED. I DIDN'T GET ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WORLD AND WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WHY THINGS WERE HAPPENING. I AM SO CONFUSED STILL BUT I MEAN, I STILL KIND OF ENJOYED IT. And the romance was kind of meh. Wasn't feeling it too much. Overall, this was a short fun read, but it didn't really have much a plot, deep characterization, or in-depth or really any world building. Andi Watson definitely has a talent for art, and it did have some super fun moments. If you're looking for something light and not deep at all, this is your story that will fill up a little bit of your time. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
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 responsibilities as he would. Princess Decomposia does not like to upset her father, nor does she want to disappoint anyone, so she overwhelms herself daily with countless meaningless tasks that could easily be handled by their loyal subjects, if only, her father were not so controlling. King Wulfrun, he is quite a handful. Rather quick to judge and a picky eater. He opts to stay in bed than get up and handle things himself. It has become quite easy and habitual for him to delegate from afar and with high expectations. When King Wulfrun fires another royal chef, he gives Princess Decomposia another task - find a new royal chef that will abide to his dietary needs. Overworked and very tired, she puts her needs aside and starts interviewing different chefs for the position... Count Spatula is full of life! He is eager to please everyone with his special recipes. Recipes that make everyone feel warm and happy again. Princess Decomposia feels that he is exactly what they need and hires him immediately... and this is where the fun really begins!!! With Count Spatula's help (and recipes!!!), Princess Decomposia learns that she is worthy - that her time, work and happiness should be appreciated. That it was time to overcome her father's overbearing needs, put him in his place and speak up for herself. It is not easy for a child, no matter what their age may be, to stand up to a parent and tell them what needs to be done. We all deserve to be happy. Also, the need to feel a connection to someone is something that no one can ever just shrug off. No one should ever be lonely, nor should they have to chose their family and/or work over friendships and more. Yes, things can be complicated, but, with determination, one can overcome obstacles for the impossible. And it was so wonderful to see Princess Decomposia come into her own and get what she deserves. The illustrations are are quirky and simple. I really enjoyed the black and white blocks and scratchy tone to them, and couldn't imagine it any better! Each frame help build the story and move the dialogue along effortlessly. A much loved graphic novel that I will thoroughly enjoy over and over again! I really recommend this to all graphic novel and comic book lovers! Also to those looking to branch out and have a quick, fun read!!! *A paperback was sent to me from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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 enough to be under her father's control, but they are both old enough for love. I'm very smitten with this, it has a fairy tale quality to it while being drawn in a cute Goth presentation. Wonderful children's story but I think any Goth vampire princess will love it too!