Published by First Second on February 24, 2015
Genres: graphic novel
Pages: 176 pages
Amazon • Indiebound • Barnes & Noble • Goodreads
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.
If you’re a reader of this blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’re probably aware that I am pretty serious about my food. If I’m not chattering on about books, I’m bombarding you with cake photos, right? So I was delighted to be asked to participate in the blog tour for Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula, a new graphic novel about a princess of the underworld who gets more than she bargained for when she hires a new cook–who happens to be a vampire–for her father’s castle.
I quite enjoyed the humorous tone of the story, which is aptly described as “gothy-cute sensibility” and a “very sweet and mildly spooky tale.” It’s a fun one to read with kids, who will enjoy the Princess’ dilemmas and the appealing artwork. This blog tour is especially fun because the author is sharing unique illustrations and recipes with each stop! Ours happens to be a peek inside Count Spatula’s pantry, which is filled with highly, um, specialized ingredients.
I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll stick to baking powder in my own kitchen, thanks. ;) Aren’t the illustrations fun, though? They give you a great feel for the gently macabre humor and overall spirit of the story. If you enjoy graphic novels or are looking for a mildly spooky story to read with kids, this one is sure to please.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this post. Our thanks to the author for creating this fantastic artwork for our blog!
Follow along the rest of the official blog tour for more Princess Decompsia fun
Monday, February 16th Stacked
Tuesday, February 17th Bumbles & Fairy Tales
Wednesday, February 18th Love is Not a Triangle
Thursday, February 19th Alice Marvels
Friday, February 20th Haunted Orchid
Monday, February 23rd Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, February 24th Cuddlebuggery
Wednesday, February 25th The Book Rat
Thursday, February 26th The Midnight Garden
Friday, February 27th The Book Smugglers
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.
Doesn’t the book look fun? Are you a fan of graphic novels in general?