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OwlCrate Jr. Book Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017

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OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr is a monthly book subscription box for kids aged 8-12. They send books as well as interesting and educational book related items.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

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OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

The Subscription Box: OwlCrate Jr

The Cost: $27.99 a month, $80.97/3-month pre-pay, $155.94/6-month pre-pay. Plus $6.99 USPS flat-rate shipping, $10.59 shipping to Canada, and $19.99 shipping International.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use coupon code FBGIZMO to save 10% off your first box

The Products: You will receive (1) hardcover middle grade book plus assorted gender neutral book-related items.

Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International

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OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

An info card was included listing each item in the box as well as the theme for May: On the Case.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson – Value $9.65 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)

The World’s Greatest Detective grabbed me right from the first page. Toby is such a likable character with some sass and the dialogue in this book is spot on.

From Amazon:

Caroline Carlson, author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, returns with The World’s Greatest Detective, a story of crime, tricks, and hilarity for those who know that sometimes it takes a pair of junior sleuths to solve a slippery case.

Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s detective agency, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. Toby’s friend Ivy is the best sleuth around—or at least she thinks so. They both see their chance to prove themselves when the famed Hugh Abernathy announces a contest to choose the World’s Greatest Detective. But when what was supposed to be a game turns into a real-life murder mystery, can Toby and Ivy crack the case?

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

Author, Caroline Carlson, included a letter about her love of reading mysteries when she was a young girl and how it inspired her to write the book. She included an autographed bookplate to be stuck inside the book. There was also an official world’s greatest detective identification card and license. I thought this was such a fun inclusion in the box and my son snatched it up right away.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

Over 50 Secret Codes by Emily Bone – Value $5.99

This paperback book has 52 different two-page spreads, each with different types of codes. They each have their own name, description, and a short story or riddle to solve with an encoded answer. There is an answer key in the back for each puzzle. Man, I would have absolutely loved this book when I was a kid! My son is a little young for it right now, but it’s getting tucked away for the future.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

Classic Disguise Glasses – Value $5.28

We always love receiving dress up clothing and accessories in boxes for fun pretend play at home. These glasses are great with a big rubber nose, fuzzy eyebrows, and a Groucho Marx style mustache.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

Bookmark Magnifier – Value $2.95

This slim bookmark actually magnifies (2x) and come with a ribbon tassel. I think it fit the theme perfectly and is certainly useful.

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

Top Secret Tote – Value $2.00?

This black cotton tote will hold all my son’s detective paraphernalia from the license to the glasses and book itself. When he isn’t playing detective he can use it to carry books to and from our local library.

JUNE SPOILER ALERT!

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

OwlCrate Jr Middle Grade Book Subscription Box - On The Case - May 2017

The June OwlCrate Jr theme will be Gizmos and Gears. It says if you like making inventions and you notice puzzling things that others might miss this is the book for you. I’m very curious to see what book they pick for this interesting theme.

Verdict: What a great box geared for middle-grade readers. I’m constantly on the hunt for excellent new middle-grade books to promote to my 3rd-5th-grade students and this box will keep me filled with new releases to read and share. I thought the curation fabulous and I’m eager for upcoming months’ themes. The value this month was about $26 (using Amazon book pricing) which is less than the $34.98 total cost of the box ($27.99 + $6.99 shipping). I think that OwlCrate Jr has wonderful curation but I’d like to see their value increase.

What did you think of OwlCrate Jr?

Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

1 Comment

  1. We got three of these boxes and really liked them, but they are not really for elementary school kids. More like middle school grades (6-8). We tried reading one of the books aloud together, which was perfect because some of the issues in the books are too advanced for littler kids (under 10) – like bullying and loneliness – and need discussion with parents. I think they are great books for middle school and we may re-subscribe then.

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