Book Review: The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

1128164Title: The Ordinary Princess

Author: M. M. Kaye

Publisher: Doubleday & Company

Release Date: September 12, 1984 (first published 1980)

Book Summary:

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!

I first discovered this book as a teenager, and it instantly became one of my favorite books. The other day, the song from the book kept running through my head, so I decided  to re-read it. I couldn’t find my copy, so I went to the library and checked out the copy I first read and fell in love with. I love this older version and it’s beautiful cover and that is has some color illustration pages beyond the black and white illustrations. (So, I went online and bought a copy of the older version. It has the pages with color illustrations, but it doesn’t have the dust jacket with the beautiful cover art. Perhaps I’ll try again…)

There is so much I love about this book from the illustrations to the characters to the setting to the humor to the writing. And it is a fairly quick read, which makes it easy to fit into even a busy schedule. And it’s a good read for young and old alike.

Rating: 5 stars – I loved it!!!
Content: Clean
Source: Library book/personal copy
This book can be purchased from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Or, if you want to get an older edition, I found the edition I like at Alibris.


  1. The cover is so beautiful! I really like this old edition. Are the illustrations inside equally gorgeous?

    Aeriko @

  2. Thanks for the review–it brought back memories of reading The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye years and years ago. Happy times!

  3. This looks so good! I’ve never read it but will have to now

  4. Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve never even heard of this book before but it definitely sounds like something I’d love to read))