The Book Drop Children’s Subscription Box Review – September 2015
The Book Drop is a book subscription box from Bethany Beach Books. You can pick one of four different subscription options:
This review is of the Children 8-12 subscription.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: The Book Drop
The Cost: $16 a month for YA version, $13 for children’s version, or $20 for the Jane/Ernest version
The Products: One book selected each month based on the book-type preference you select.
Ships to: US
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This month’s package included a note that gives a teaser about the book they selected. This was our second month of this subscription, and we did have some custom options when we signed up. First, we had to select among “Adventurous,” “Pleasant,” or “A little bit of everything!” (Of course my 9-year-old son chose Adventurous.) They then asked about my son’s age and reading level.
Book Summary from Amazon:
Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. There’s only one problem: the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags. But Hilary won’t let this stop her; instead, she sets out to find her own piratical adventure and gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous and unexpected villain on the High Seas.”
I don’t know what it is about tweens, they just don’t want to read anything that’s not part of a serial. Fortunately this one is! I think my son will enjoy it as he has always been a big fan of pirates. This is also two months in a row that Book Drop has sent a book with a female protagonist. I hope he gets the message!
This month The Book Drop included two Star Wars bookmarks, a bookmark from their store, plus two pirate-themed temporary tattoos. These are fun inclusions, and of course my kids are nuts about Star Wars, but after last month I thought they would regularly include something a bit more substantive.
The Verdict: This month’s book selection looks really promising and got great reviews on Amazon. Sometimes as a parent it’s hard to find books that you know your children will like and that are also age- and reading-level appropriate. Thus, I think there is value in the curation of this subscription. Having said that, I am pretty disappointed with the value of this month’s package. It’s only a little over half the cost of the subscription. If the book were really expensive then extras with a token value such as these would be great, but I think they really should have added something to at least make the value of the contents equal to the cost.
What do you think of The Book Drop for Children? Did they leave something out of my package?