Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula
Princess Decomposia is trying her best to help her father, the King, rule the underworld. But things are hard. There is too much to do and her father just lies in bed all day complaining of pretend aches and pains. Not only that the King is especially picky when it comes to the food he likes served. He is so picky that the castle tends to go through quite a few chefs. The newest chef is Count Spatula who impressed the princess with cupcakes and macaroons. Only this particular chef isn’t just interested in cooking. He wants to help make Princess Decomposia’s life a little easier (and more enjoyable if he can help it). This puts the King in an uproar. (Mostly because he can’t handle the thought of the world not revolving around him but also because he is just a lowly chef and his daughter deserves to have more impressive friends and relationships.)
This is a fun graphic novel. The characters are great (both in the text and the illustrations). Clove is a fun sous chef who looks like a walking, talking garlic clove. And Princess Decomposia’s pigtails look like little bat wings. The illustrations are all in black and white (which helps set the mood for the dark underworld where most of the story takes place). Although this is a bit humorous seeing how this dismal place is now where a chef with a white chef coat and checkered pants now will potentially make food for werewolf pack leaders, Yokai delegations, skeletons, and everything else found in the underworld. Of course when things get too happy for the Princess the King gets angry…but his unreasonableness only makes the Princess decide to make her own decisions and be her own person. Which will appeal to all those teens who are struggling with self-discovery. All-in-all this is a great story with potential for loads of other stories taking place in the Underworld. And I for one hope to read more of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula.
Book Discussion Questions:
Why was the King forcing Princess Decomposia to do so much? Why wouldn’t he help her or allow others to help her?
Why was the princess so happy to have Count Spatula around?
What kind of food do you wish Count Spatula could make for you? Why?
How did Princess Decomposia deal with problems before Count Spatula came around? What did she do after? How did that make a difference, or didn’t it?
What kind of food would you serve a werewolf? Why? What kind of food would you serve to other underworld creatures?
First Second, 2015
Reviewed from a Galley.
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Middle School, High School