Ordinarily Sweet

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

First Look:

Super cute!  Amy looks right, with crooked crown and all, and the drawing is so nice and detailed.  It looks old-fashioned, but it should, since it’s an older book.

Jacket Copy:

Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she’s so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there . . . much to everyone’s surprise . . . she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is! 


No; I can’t imagine why you would write a sequel to this.

Worth Reading?

When you’re in the mood for something quick and adorable, like a cat video, most definitely.

Favorite Things:

Author Illustrations!  Not all authors are able to draw/paint/whatever, and that’s fine.  But there is a special charm in illustrations that the author has done their own self.

Old-fashioned charm!  Amy and her adventures are sweet, innocent, and appropriate for all ages–and sometimes that’s nice.


The best part about The Ordinary Princess is the affirmation of Amy’s ordinary looks and practicality as attractive.  Her prince likes those things about her, much more than glamorous beauty and poise, and that’s a positive message no matter the era.  In fact, in our visual, plasticized era, it may be more important than ever.


Received as a gift.  Thanks, Emily!



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