Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

Graphic Novel - 2015 | First edition
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Princess Decomposia, overworked and underappreciated, runs the underworld for her layabout father but when she hires Count Spatula, a vampire with a sweet tooth, as the new chef, he not only helps straighten out her life, he may become more than a friend.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781626722750
1626722757
9781626721494
1626721491
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 161 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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skyekilaen
Sep 07, 2016

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 good meals. And a friend (or possibly more than a friend).

There's so much emotional depth and realism here, especially as Decomposia (Dee for short) starts to realize how selfish her father has been. By the end of the story, though, everyone's headed in the right direction. I'll be tracking down more of Watson's work. And hoping for a sequel about this charming couple.

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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula spins a tale of the overworked Princess Decomposia and her growing relationship with the new cook. It's an overall light-hearted book and a pretty quick read. However, the plot seemed too rushed and the characters two-dimensional. The king is revealed to be faking illness to slack off all the work, but I am just left wondering what happened to the kingdom before Princess Decomposia was able to take the reigns from her father. Not only that, but all the kingdom conflicts left me scratching my head in confusion. The only thing I could understand from the political talks were that the Count's food made everything all better. The relationship with "our world" or the above-ground world is passed by very quickly, and I'm hoping that if there is a sequel, that the depths of the conflict and treaty between the underground world and the above-ground world are discussed. As for the characters, Decomposia was probably the most three-dimensional. She also grows in maturity, and by the end of the book, she's an independent woman. But her lover, Count Spatula, comes off as the stereotypical perfect gentlemanly worker who comes in to, not only help save the stressed princess, but to also helplessly fall into a forbidden love. He also doesn't change much throughout the story. He's just there.
Overall though, this book wasn't that bad a read. Tame, fluffy, and humorous, it's a quick-read that has the potential to become something more powerful.

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Jun 13, 2015

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Princess Decomposia runs the entire kingdom all by herself. With her sick father, constant realm troubles, and not to mention a missing cook, the princess might just lose her mind. However, Count Spatula is hired as the new cook, and with his brilliant cooking talents and caring personality, he will do his best to make life for the princess easier and far, far sweeter.

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"No. That's it. Done. Finished. It can wait until tomorrow."
"You have a prior engagement, Miss?"
"Yes. A moonlight walk and picnic on the Blasted Heath."

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