Boox is a bi-monthly picture book subscription box for kids curated by Powell’s independent book store in Portland, Oregon.
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The Subscription Box: Boox
The Cost: $39.95 (free shipping)
The Products: A new release hardcover book, another hardcover book that is a staff favorite and other related goodies
Ships to: US
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An info card was included listing each item in the box.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima - $11.68 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
Kelp the unicorn has always thought he was a narwhal. He was born under the sea with a scuba mask and always has fun playing with the other narwhals. Yet one day he sees a beautiful creature that looks just like him on the land and he swims ashore only to discover after all this time he’s actually a unicorn. He’s left feeling so bewildered and torn between missing his narwhal friends and loving his new unicorns. The ending is a perfect compromise for Kelp. From the shimmery pastel cover to the beautiful illustrations this is an instant classic to me. I’ve already purchased a second copy of the book to mail to my friend for her daughters.
Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination - $7.99 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
Day Dreamers isn’t really a story so much as a collection of children day dreaming wonderful exotic visions. The rich illustrations are moody and fit the mythical creatures well.
Douglas Plush Purple Narwhal - $9.95
A purple plush narwhal is the absolute perfect extra for this box! My kids are both swooning over it and have been taking turns sleeping with it since it arrived. He’s 12 inches long, very soft and we’ve named him after Kelp from the book.
Not Quite a Narwhal Stickers - $1.00?
These sparkly land narwhal and sea unicorn stickers are so charming. They perfectly capture the whimsical nature of the book.
Verdict: This was Boox’s Volume 1 box and I was so happy to have been able to be a part of their maiden voyage! I think the curators did a fabulous job picking two books that went well together and included a special extra that didn’t feel like filler at all. I loved reading the books to my kids and they enjoyed both as well as the plush and stickers. Using Amazon prices for these books the value is about $31 which is below the cost of the box. However using the prices from Powell’s own website this month’s box is above value. This box is so much fun I wish I didn’t have to wait 8 weeks to get Volume 2!
What do you think of Boox?