Tuesday, May 25, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE ORDINARY PRINCESS by MM Kaye

IndieBound Description: 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!

My Thoughts: I adored this book when I was younger. It never won any awards or was considered literature with a capital "L" but it is a completely charming, sweet and light story that has never left me or anyone else I know who has read it. It is also the first book where I remember reading the author's note and thinking it was really neat...and wishing I was an author as well. I can't say that I like this new cover, but perhaps it is the nostalgia in me (though I think she looks way too young and not that ordinary). The version I read as a child, while it looks more "mass market" captured more of the charms of story, I think.

3 comments:

Sheila said...

I didn't know M.M.Kay wrote for children. I enjoyed "The Far Pavilions", and look forward to "Ordinary Princess". It wasn't in any library in our city, so I'm going to the next town. Thanks for the recommendation.

yamster said...

This is one of my all-time favorites!!! And I detest the new cover art, especially since the old one was illustrated by M.M. Kaye herself.

Krystal said...

I didn't find this book until graduate school but I still adored it. I'm waiting for my cousins to stop having boys so I will have someone to give this book to!