Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review: DiTzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary



A reality-series comic strip based on Award-winning Author Jewel Kats’ life. Kats at 33 is a Princess in her own right. She's a fun-loving, demanding Diva who loves to shop as much she loves to write. In this zany graphic novel, which was inspired by the success of her reality comic strip, Kats is the apple of everyone's eye--be it her doting family, her doctor for her never-ending bowel issues, her pushy book editor and especially her frugal husband's soft spot. 

So, what's Jewel’s weakness? Her pet dogs: Snowie and Dolly. Particularly, naughty Snowie who is known to pee wherever he fancies--including Dolly's face!

What we love about this book is that for Kats, her physical disability doesn't dampen her spirits. Rather, it enhances them. She gets to use an unusual fashion accessory…imagine a hot pink elbow crutch. She gets out of doing housework. She gets carried up-and-down stairs like a Princess a la command. Kats may be horribly messy, terrible with numbers and a workaholic, but nobody can imagine life without her. Not that she would let them, anyway! She has a big mouth, remember?

Overall Thoughts: Graphic novels have been taking off in children’s and YA markets. Many of us older folks remember the Archie Gang and author Jewel Kats is one of their biggest fans, Veronica being her favorite character. It doesn’t surprise us this award-winning children’s book author should turn her passion and love of comic strip characters into one of the funniest graphic novel and online comic strips we’ve seen in a long time. 

The DiTzAbled Princess isn’t for young to middle grade readers. This is more for YA and adult readers as many of the topics wouldn’t make sense to those under 15 years of age, but there many messages you can share with younger children about how disabilities should not define us or restrict our lives. Instead, a disability can enhance our lives and make it much more meaningful, if only we shift our attention from the disability to who we truly are: wonderful and unique. Or as Kats put it, “The person comes before the disability and those with disabilities have been here since the beginning of time and we’re not going anywhere.”

Another thing Kats really shares with her audience, be it in her picture books to the DiTzAbled Princess, is we are more than just what others see on the outside. A very empowering statement for our youth of today and one we have heard echoed throughout generations.

Jewel Kats is a fashion diva and she shows young girls they can be this way too if they only look deep within themselves and then reflect the beauty they have inside outward.
The comic strip and graphic novel is a quick, fun read.

Written by Jewel Kats
Illustrations by Katarina Andriopoulos
Publisher: Marvelous Spirit Press
ISBN-10: 1615991832
ISBN: 978-1615991839
Genre: Graphic Novel

Follow Jewel Kats at
DiTzAbled Princess Website http://ditzabledprincess.com
Twitter @DitzAbled

You can find out more about Jewel Kats, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/cplfx6g

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great story, and the complete set of links for Jewel's latest book. We appreciate everyone's help on the blog tour.

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