Synopsis from Edelweiss:
Accepting the post of royal tutor at the court of the king of Granzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead of him! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions!
About: The Royal Tutor is a graphic novel written by Higasa Akai. It was translated by Amanda Haley and lettered by Abigail Blackman. It was published on 5/23/17 by Yen Press, an imprint of Yen Press LLC, paperback, 192 pages. The genres are comics, graphic novel, manga, young adult, and historical fiction. This is volume 1 to the Royal Tutor series and originally published as a digital from Japan. According to Wikipedia, “Yen Press LLC is an American manga and graphic novel publisher co-owned by Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. In addition to their regular book releases, Yen Press produces Yen Plus, a monthly manga anthology. The company’s varied list demonstrates an interest in publishing a wide variety of Japanese manga, Korean manhwa, and other international content. In addition to translated material, Yen Press has released original series, most notably a manga adaptation of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride and Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Royal Tutor on 6/17/17 and finished it that same day. This is my first time to ever read a graphic novel. Imagine my confusion to figuring out how to read it.. haha.. after a few trial and errors, I finally read it from the back to the front and from the right to the left. It’s an unfamiliar reading style, but I love it. I love the drawings! I love the humor and characters in this book! I now understand why graphic novels are such a hype! This series definitely is a must read!
In this graphic novel, readers will follow the point of view of Heine Wittgenstein as he accepts a position of a live-in royal tutor from the King of Granzreich. Heine is a unique character. He’s naturally gifted and appear like a child even though he’s a grown adult. He is responsible to tutor 4 princes to prepare them for the crown, ranging from 14 to 17 years old. Each of the princes also have their own unique personality and learning capabilities. Prince Leonhard, 15, has a head for sport. Prince Bruno, 16, a genius out of the 4. Prince Licht, 14 is a ladies man. Finally, Prince Kai, 17, mature and gentle but with a glare. So many other royal tutors came and went because the brothers band together to drive them all away. Other tutors are not smart enough to teach Bruno or fast enough to catch Leonhard or patience enough to keep Licht from his distraction with the ladies or calm enough to talk to Kai. The position of a royal tutor looks to be more challenging than Heine had imagined because the princes all refuse Heine as a their tutor and Heine has a vow to achieve his personal goals. Can Heine win their attention or will he run off like all of the previous tutors?
I love reading this graphic novel! I love the individual unique story of each of the princes and the royal tutor Heine. There is so much humor in this book. I have a good laugh at the tutor’s style of riding horses and his explanation for it! I love how the princes grill Heine about his educational background. The drawings are so cool to look at. I love the cover! I am really interested in reading the rest of the series. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! I guarantee you will read it all in one sitting because it’s that good! 🙂
Pro: unique characters, cover, humor, drawings, couldn’t put down, fast paced, page turner
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Higasa Akai is the creator of The Royal Tutor.
More information about Yen Press LLC
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Yen Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.