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The Prince and the Dressmaker
The Prince and the Dressmaker | Jen Wang
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a brideor rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystalliathe hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastians secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Francesone of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someones secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
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Smarkies
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Adorable story and great illustrations. 😄

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LiteraryNib
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Jen Wang mesmerizes readers by perfectly laying out rich dialogue placed at key moments that weaves interactions between characters into a beautifully written piece of art.

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Bookfan1414
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This isn‘t normally my type of read, I steer very much clear of books that are classified as graphic novels or manga. To be clear, all types of book are valid and I just generally get too easily distracted by pretty pictures.

That being said, this was just adorable. It kind of felt like a hug from a loved one after a good long cry. Just comfort and safety.

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swynn
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(2018) Adorable story, brilliant illustrations. This is a good one, y'all. Also: banned.

Earlier this month I joked about a book banned in Boston in the 1920's, maybe because "somebody probably mentions a nightgown." Ha. Turns out 1927 can't beat 2022 for petty prudery, because the Nampa, ID school board just voted to remove this one from libraries "forever" because someone wears a dress. That's it. No punch line.

Read #BannedBooks , y'all !

IndoorDame I added this story! 1mo
swynn @IndoorDame hope you like it! 1mo
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melmes
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⭐️4.0
Not groundbreaking, but a good twist and story about finding yourself in the era of fashion in 1700s (ish) Pari. Our main characters Frances And Sebastian had great plot line and character arc. Defiantly pick it up.
#review #augustread #tuesdayread #comic #lgbtq #theprinceandthedressmaker #jenwang #comingofage

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 78/150 of the year.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Heartwarming and sweet Cinderella-inspired graphic novel about a Prince who loves to wear dresses.

BookingitwithSandra Such a cute graphic novel. 5mo
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peanutnine
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This was such a sweet and heartwarming graphic novel. It follows Frances and Sebastian's friendship as a talented dressmaker and a prince with a secret - he loves to wear dresses. The story was adorable and the art was gorgeous, with amazing fashion and the Parisian setting 💃🏼

Kenyazero One of my faves. It's so beautifully illustrated and heartfelt 6mo
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peanutnine
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. Currently reading four books lol - North Carolina, Oregon, Boston, and New York

2. The Prince and the Dressmaker

3. The Dead Romantics comes out later this month. I've already preordered it and it will be my #LMPBC pick for the upcoming round ☺️

Want to play? @RaeLovesToRead @Roary47 @KateReadsYA

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag!! 😊😘 6mo
Eggs 4 at once!!!! Thanks for playing 🤩 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week
An amazing, heartwarming historical fiction graphic novel about a prince and his dressmaker. Fantastic art work and wonderful story.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Drop everything and read immediately is my advice… no idea why I took so long to read this one!

jlhammar Yes, great book! 6mo
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damselsgotballs
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Couldn't put this one down, finished it in like, half an hour.💖💖

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esurient
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Absolutely a pick. The story was wonderful, romance and all, and the artwork was gorgeous. I have to read more by Wang.

TW for a scene where the prince was traumatically outed, by a character's deliberate malice.

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esurient
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This is fucking the best.

tjwill Yes. Yes it is. I loved that moment. 10mo
esurient @tjwill Supportive and protective parents for the win. 10mo
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esurient
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Okay, my hopes are dashed on the friendship-only front, alas.

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esurient
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#pricedrop! I indulged.

Oh, I hope the plot isn't romantic! I'm in the mood for something friendship focused, and this seems perfectly positioned for that.

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PuddleJumper
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This was unbelievably cute

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underground_bks
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This book was so beautiful, so uplifting, and so dear, so powerful with its LGBTQ+ representation—and then I read a review that calls out its historical parallels 😫 The worst part is a friend just told me another favorite book had problematic representation of King Leopold II of Belgium, the worst mass murderer in history who brutalized the Congo—and I still didn‘t recognize the mc‘s father in this book is King Leo of Belgium, same time period.

underground_bks If only both books (the other is The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels) had just gone with a fantasy setting and not tried to pick a historical time period. Neither is racist or ill-intentioned, just not aware. 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures I had not realized his father was King Leo!! Oh that is heartbreaking. This is such a beautiful comic. He was a full on monster. I recommend a reading of this for anyone not aware 1y
Leftcoastzen 😻 1y
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cdreincarnate
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A delightful read and the artwork is gorgeous ❤️

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kgriffith
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Well that was fricken adorable. #readathon @DeweysReadathon

TheBookHippie My high school students love this one ! I agree it‘s really cute! 2y
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kgriffith
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I‘ve only sort-of participated in #readathons since being back in school, but I‘ll of course tag my normal everyday reading for @DeweysReadathon 🤓 #QueerBookClub pick for@to@orrow‘s meeting.

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So nice and cute!
I love the colors and the drawing style! It's very simple, so the story itself can really shine ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Kenyazero The art style really is well suited to the story! 2y
Ast_Arslan @Kenyazero Everything is just so nice and sweet 😍 2y
CloakNQuill @Kenyazero completely agree. It matched the tone and plot rather well. 2y
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Fantasy_bookworm
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YES. JUST... YES.

Okay, but seriously. This book is so good. The art style is amazing, the emotional drama is so captivating. The dresses are so pretty! This book was really amazing. I completely recommend.

Cheshirecat913 I love this story too, so sweet and wholesome and definitely loved the art! 2y
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ThePageantHam
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Am I weeping because I'm so happy that a book like this exists that is not only adorable and lovely but more importantly might help non-binary and trans kids to feel seen and valued? Yes, yes I am. Today was rough as heck, but things like this give me some hope. 🤴🏼👗

sydneyerin I loved this one too! It's so wonderful we are getting books like this now! 2y
ThePageantHam @sydneyerin Right?! So lovely 🥰 2y
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SW-T
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Sweet message about self acceptance mixed in with adorable characters and cute artwork.

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danibel
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Currently reading

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AloeMantis
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Page of Cups - Everyday Witch Tarot
#TarotTakeover @ErinSueMreads @Meaw_catlady
Creative curiosities, beginning to explore. The artist knows no boundaries, following the bold heart for talent and expressions. 😄

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sarahs.thoughts.on.books
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Enjoyed. A graphic novel about finding yourself, and acceptance

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StellaDz
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Not my best reading month this coronacation but I tackled some doozies!

Fave books were the one tagged, The Abominable by Dan Simmons, and Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger. So many other great reads though! Let‘s see what July brings!

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StellaDz
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When I read an article that this story was picked up by the makers of Frozen, I had to grab a copy! I can‘t even describe how ADORABLE this story is! I think it‘s become my top read so far. The storyline, the art, the characters are just so cute and perfect. A great lighthearted read during these tumultuous times.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Onceuponatime
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An enjoyable read on the patio on this HOT afternoon...a super cute story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#summerfun “read visually” prompt
@StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft

LiteraryinLawrence I liked this one as well as her other one 2y
alisiakae I read this recently and really liked it, my daughter loves it! 2y
StayCurious looks super cute! 2y
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This was like dessert. Gorgeous art. Sweet story line. Cinnamon roll characters. I loved every page of this. The dresses were beautiful. Lady Crystallia was fabulous. If you need a warm bookish hug, look no further. 🥰📚💋💄💅🏻💃👑

TerriGreen Lol I loved this one too. Lovely artwork and great characters! 2y
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Bono394
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YESSS!!!This was such a sweet story about finding and embracing who you are. I loved this book.

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alisiakae
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❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

I LOVED this modern fairy tale story! Sebastian is a genderqueer prince comfortable alternating between masculine and feminine gender expressions, but afraid to reveal this to his parents. Frances is a young seamstress with big dreams whose fashion designs catch Sebastian‘s interest. Their friendship is adorable and sweet, and I loved everything about this graphic novel!

#bookspinbonanza Book 7 (still 🎧 listening to book 6)

Meaw_catlady Awww lovely ! ❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great progress!! 3y
alisiakae @meaw_catlady @TheAromaofBooks So what I didn't say is, you see that bird feeder off to the right? About 2 minutes after I took this picture I got pooped on by a bird while laying in a hammock. 🙄Can't even have 5 minutes to myself without something happening. 😆 (edited) 3y
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alisiakae I think this is the last one to catch up on. @cinfhen @barbarathebibliophage #thinkpink #booked2020 3y
Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕💕 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a lovely book—right up until the bird left his review on you! 🤪 3y
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Hannah_H
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The prince feels at home in suits and in dresses, and when he meets Frances, a talented young designer, he finds someone he can share his secret with, and most importantly, be himself with. But as the prince‘s parents push for him to choose a bride, he finds himself pulled between living the lie his parents want, and living as the person he knows himself to be.

#graphicnovel
#genderqueer
#readingauthorsofcolor2020

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AshleyHoss820
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REP👏🏻RE👏🏻SEN👏🏻TA👏🏻TION👏🏻!!! What an ADORABLE story about friendship, creativity, love, and being who you are. I don‘t care that this plot isn‘t ridiculously deep. I don‘t. You don‘t always need that. This was a sweet, fun story. Don‘t ruin nice things! 😂😊❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #ChildrensLitClass

Meaw_catlady Cute!! I need to check this one out! 💕 3y
AshleyHoss820 @Meaw_catlady It is so cute! It was sweet, fun, and a nice positive read. Which I really needed. 😊 3y
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Cortg
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I‘ve heard so many good things about this book and it did not disappoint! Such a great graphic novel. I read it while making our St Paddy‘s Day corned beef & cabbage 🍀

GondorGirl I adored this book! And it's getting a movie musical! 3y
Cortg @GondorGirl AWESOME! I love movie musicals! 3y
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Kenyazero
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This is the most exciting news! I Iove this book and am absolutely delighted that it's heading for a film adaptation! #lgbt #lgbtq #queerbook #queercomic #genderqueer (screenshot of an article from The Advicate)

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Briary
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I've had a nice, peaceful weekend filled with reading and long walks with the doggo. And so far have finished up these.

The Prince and the Dressmaker was a lovely, lovely reread of 5 ⭐

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was so much fun, will definitely get my hands on the just released sequel. 4 ⭐

The Starlit Wood was a disappontment. All those wonderful authors, and it was a solid meh. 3 ⭐

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Bookish_AF
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#NewYearWhoDis Book 5

This is totally not my genre or format, but I found this to be sweet and enjoyable! Even with my cold black heart 😅 I read it on my iPad which helped me keep track of how the panels are to be read (I know that sounds dumb...)

It‘s a story about identity and friendship and it was the perfect thing to give me the warm fuzzies...especially after my last book about the Donner Party. Thanks Frances and Sebastian! 👑🧶👗

monalyisha Ha! Great write-up. 🙌🏻 3y
Bookzombie Aww! Great review! You are really tearing through the list. I‘m going to keep working on yours throughout the year. 🙂 3y
Bookish_AF I have several others of yours that also got added to my TBR for beyond January 😊 @Bookzombie 3y
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This book first hit my radar when Amanda Palmer posted mentioned it in one of her posts. I finally had the chance to read it, and it's fabulous! Loved everything about it - the art, the story, the message. Definitely recommend!

LiteraryinLawrence I recommend her new book Stargazers as well! 3y
BekaReid @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I actually picked up both at the library today! 🙂 3y
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Kenyazero
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This quickly became one of my favorite comics. I love the art style, and the characters and story are compelling and fun. #queerbook #queercomic #lgbt #lgbtq #fashion #lgbtcharacter #gendernonconforming #genderedclothing

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I read this graphic novel really quickly. This was an amazing and hilarious graphic novel. It really made me want to read more graphic novels like this. I really liked how everyone in the end accepted prince sebastian for who he was and he was able to be his true self. This story was relatable as well.

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Kenyazero
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These are some of my favorite books that I read this year. I'd say that The Prince and the Dressmaker might be my favorite even of these. #2019inbooks #2019 #yearinbooks #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtliterature #collage #bookcollage

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Jovy
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Absolutely charming! This book is all sweetness and kindness, and so uplifting. If only real life could be the same!

#LitsyAtoZ Letter P
#MMDChallenge A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste

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Maike
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This was so cute! The perfect distraction after a long Monday.

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coffees
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@Ijuliel Q. what's the diff bt comics, manga, anime, graphic novels, etc

4/6: Then we get into graphic novels and things get muddy. gns are also comics but i see them as borrowing from both styles. they are usually formatted like comics but start to look like the animanga style. i also read that gns tell a story in one volume but so do manga. and that comics tell it in volumes but so do manga. these are also usually in color and read L to R

LibrarianRyan You had great explanations. I think the only thing I might add is that Graphic novels are similar to comics but allow for a longer story. And/or they compile volumes of comics into one bigger collection. Usually 3-4 comics per graphic novel. 3y
coffees @LibrarianRyan thanks 🙂 oh yeah! comics are usually very short but graphic novels are probably the longest of the group. Manga now comes out in omnibus editions tho which I know a lot of people like 3y
LibrarianRyan @Crimson613 I think for me I only like Manga omnibus editions if they are hard cover. Other wise they fall apart too easy. That being said I have had my eye on a new Death note set all in black with black spayed pages. Tempting!!!! Plus GN are get “book” where the combine the GN in to a book. I like the hard covers but not the price. 3y
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coffees @LibrarianRyan for me omnibus books are iffy. If the series is available by volume I get those and if they don't, I get the omnibus. I haven't seen a lot of hardcover ones, are they more expensive than the paperback? Which are expensive already #rip. oh man I love Death Note! Will you get it? I'd also be tempted if I didn't already have the single volumes 3y
LibrarianRyan @Crimson613 death not eventually probably. I used to buy manga for my libraries but it was always hard when books in the middle of series would fall apart and you couldn‘t replace the volume. I own so very little manga because it was hard to get in farm country but I always tried to have the most popular at my library. 3y
ljuliel Wow, such a lot of differences between them ! You did a great job. 3y
LibrarianRyan Btw do you know @Easytiger @GrilledCheeseSamurai and and and it‘s on the tip of my tongue who also appreciate Gn and anime? @GondorGirl likes Gn and I‘m doing her challenge this year. 3y
coffees @ljuliel thanks 😆 3y
coffees @LibrarianRyan Ohhh I don't know too many people so I'm always up for litsy ppl recs, what's the challenge? 3y
LibrarianRyan @Crimson613 it was simple. Two graphic novels a month. I‘m also oldoing the #litsyAtoZ challenge with all graphic novels. I have a few letters I have to find. I started looking today. 3y
coffees @LibrarianRyan if they do it again next year I think I'll join, I'm doing #nfnov and a winter reading challenge in December so I'll be too busy to do something else, but I've always been curious about the A to Z challenge 3y
LibrarianRyan @Crimson613 they are pretty fun. Usually hosted by @BookishMarginalia and @WanderingBookaneer normally you set how you will make your alphabet. I‘m doing picture books and gN 3y
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