Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula: blog tour

February 26, 2015 2015, food in books, graphic novels, Wendy 21

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula: blog tourPrincess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson
Published by First Second on February 24, 2015
Genres: graphic novel
Pages: 176 pages
Format: ARC
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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.

princess decomposiaI 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

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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.

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21 Responses to “Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula: blog tour”

  1. Faye le Potato

    Before anything else, I just would like to say that your instagram photos are almost always impeccable (and delicious!), Wendy ;) You’re the best when photographing food (remember that picture of those lovely cupcakes you took to a Disney Hyperion tea time or something? Haha!). Second, THIS SOUNDS SO CUTE. I can just imagine having a quirky vampire for a chef! Will have to always check the food for blood, though :P Perhaps he didn’t notice a drop of it slipped from his fangs :P
    Faye le Potato recently posted…Say It With Bubbles: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

  2. Rashika

    I first found out about this book when I saw Lauren’s blog tour post for it and I thought of you but then I saw you were on the blog tour as well! :’) I have nothing against graphic novels but because I don’t read them a lot (I read 3 last year and that was my highest number ever read in a year), I never really hear about them.

    I knew I needed this one in my life as soon as I saw it though! ITS ALL THE FOOD. I likes the food. Plus it sounds incredibly adorable and who wouldn’t want to read it?!

    The illustrations are stunning and if they are anything to go by, I can only imagine how much fun the book will be!

    Gahhhh I am so excited to read this, Wendy!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic guest post! :)
    Rashika recently posted…ARC Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, I love that my obsession with food is so well known. :P I have no shame about this.

      I actually don’t read too many graphic novels myself, but I quite liked this one. It sounds like you’d enjoy it, too! It’s not a hugely complicated read for adults, but if you like middle grade books or sweetly spooky stories, I think you’d like this. I really liked the illustrations, too.

      And yesss, isn’t the comic he did for us amazing? I am so honored that we were able to host one.

      <3 to you, Rashika!

  3. Kim

    Oh what a cute and adorable little story this looks like! I mean, with a name like Count Spatula I should have known this would be about food. I’m always on the lookout for books that I can recommend to parents who want to read along with their kids(since I am just woefully inadequate with my middle grade reading-trying to fix that soon though!). It’s the worst when I’m asked for a rec and my mind comes up blank-no longer!
    Kim recently posted…A Darker Shade of Magic: Review

    • Wendy Darling

      YES. I think this is the perfect book for parents to read with young kids in particular, and it’s a gently spooky story for adults who like things on the sweet side. Let me know if your library patrons end up enjoying it! :D
      Wendy Darling recently posted…Crimson Bound: Blog Tour Sign-Up

  4. J. Oh

    I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, and spooky is not necessarily my style. That being said, I’m a fellow foodie and love that you spotlight books that talk a lot about food! And the illustrations here are so fun and cute that I might have to give it a try anyway. ;)

    • Wendy Darling

      I try to reign in the food thing, but I love it so much–and I assure you, for every tweet/photo I post, there are a hundred conversations or photos that you don’t see, hah. I’m glad to see a fellow foodlover, yay! This one might be right up your alley, then. It’d be fun to see a cookbook illustrated by this author, maybe with some recipes more suited for us non-undead folk. ;)
      Wendy Darling recently posted…Crimson Bound: Blog Tour Sign-Up

  5. Carina Olsen

    Gorgeous blog tour post Wendy. <3 I'm so glad you enjoyed this book :D It is looking so cute, hih :D And YAY for food. <3 Loving food is just all kinds of amazing. Sigh. I love when you share pictures of the things you find/eat/make. <3 Thank you for being all kinds of awesome :) And for sharing about this book. <3 I might read it one day ;p
    Carina Olsen recently posted…Unchanged Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    • Wendy Darling

      As Leigh Bardugo says, I just don’t understand people who don’t like food! It’s like they’re from a different planet or something. I have long conversations with friends about food, and I subject Mr. Darling to much of that too, hah.

      I hope you do give this a try sometime! It’s very cute.

  6. Brenda

    I enjoy reading graphic novels, although haven’t read many lately. I really liked Zita the Spacegirl series, also by First Second. Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula looks really adorable, I was giggling when I read about the kitten infestations of chocolate mice. Very fun illustrations.
    Brenda recently posted…MG Review: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes, the illustrations are so charming! I am really tickled that the author was able to do these comics for the blog tour stops, I feel very honored. Since you enjoy graphic novels, I hope you’ll give this one a try sometime.

  7. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    I don’t usually read graphic novels, not for any particular reason, but I think I ought to change that and read more! I used to devore graphic novels as a preteen and teen with Tintin and Asterix & Obelix and a Spanish superhero called Captain Thunder ;)

    This one sounds spooky cute and anything that has to do with baking is a win-win for me! Thank you for sharing, Wendy!
    Pili @ In Love With Handmade recently posted…The Reader’s Lounge Book Club February: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark!

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