Title: Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula
Author: Andi Watson
Publisher: First Second
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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. (Source: Goodreads)
Princess Decomposia is overworked while he father stays in bed all day ignoring matters of estate. When she hires Count Spatula everything changes. She relaxes, she makes friends, her father is suddenly interested in affairs around the castle, but he’s also trying to put an end to her friendship with Count Spatula. Can Decomposia save her relationship without letting her father down?
This book was so cute! The art was so adorable and the story was so cute, but even more than that it surprised me because it had this very serious plot between Decomposia and her father and the fact that he was mistreating her. I really found the whole story had a lot more depth than I was expecting from something coming in such an adorable package.
The story follows Decomposia as she deals with the brunt of the work around the kingdom that her father, were he not ill, would be dealing with. The big problem facing them lately is the departure of the cook, who has left due to the king’s “faddy” eating habits. He is obsessed with health trends. Decomposia hires Count Spatula whose cooking is unusual and while it helps with the political side of things creates a disturbance in the household as her father comes to dislike Spatula. The real journey of the book is Decomposia coming into her own and standing up to her father, which was well told and helped to develop the beautifully blossoming relationship between Decomposia and Spatula.
I think, without even saying much, Watson managed to convey a very full world with a whole mythology. The relationship between the Overworld and Underworld came across, as well as the political strife in the Underworld. The importance of the politics in this book took me by surprise but only really spoke to how well crafted the entire thing was.
The art in this was so cute. It was not the sort of clean, round lines that I normally like, but it suited the Underworld setting and the monsters throughout the book. I was especially fond of Decomposia’s design.
I highly recommend this book, it’s probably one of my favourite First Second releases.