Lillypost Picture Book Box Review + Coupon – May 2017
Lillypost is a monthly children’s book subscription. They offer two subscription options: The Picture Book Box that includes 4 books for ages 3+ and The Board Book Box that includes 5 books for ages 0-2. And “for every box that is purchased, Lillypost will be donating one book to a child in need through various literacy-based charities.”
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Picture Book, $26 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Lillypost
The Cost: $26 a month (discounted for longer subscription commitments) and free shipping.
COUPON: Use code READING30 to save 30% off your first box!
The Products: 4 books a month for ages 3+ in the Picture Book box or 5 books a month for ages 0-2 in the Board Books box. Occasionally you will receive an extra surprise in your box.
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Good to know: A year’s subscription is only $220 bringing down the per month price to just $18.33 a box!
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Melissa and Doug Jumbo Chalk Sticks – Value $6.70
Lillypost sends out bonus gifts for subscriptions of 3, 6 or 12-month durations. I think this is a nice perk not often seen in children’s book boxes. This quarter they sent a package of Melissa and Doug Jumbo Chalk Sticks.
I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar – Value $12.36 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
This fractured fairy tale goes haywire when an alien crashes right into the story of The Three Bears. This story was told with panel and speech bubbles reminiscent of a rudimentary comic book. I felt it was trying too hard to be funny and missed the mark, but I also have numerous students who eat up anything with aliens and goofy dialogue. I think this is one of those books that will have appeal for its intended audience, just not me personally.
The Dandelion’s Tale by Kevin Sheehan – Value $7.18 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
This is a moving story about love, loss and the legacy we leave behind. A dandelion has only a few seed pods left and is worried nobody will ever know he existed. He meets a Sparrow who offers to write the Dandelion’s life story in a patch of dirt so the Dandelion will be remembered. After a storm blows through Sparrow returns to the meadow to find the dandelion has indeed been all blown away and the story too has been washed away. Soon new dandelions have grown and Sparrow tells this new generation of dandelions all about their mother. This was a beautiful story and was well done for young children to touch upon a deep theme without being heavy-handed.
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett J. Krosoczka – Value $12.22 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
This is a book about teaching kids that at times of adversity it’s best to try to find the humor or bright side of the situation. I liked the positive spin of this book and how it reminds us to put things in perspective. One example was how it’s no fun when your toy breaks, but fixing it with Grandpa is fun. I’m going to try to use this book with my library class next year and have students make their own version with a disappointing thing that may happen and then illustrating an alternate way of looking at it.
Blue & Bertie by Kristyna Litten – Value $12.49 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
Bertie is a giraffe that’s used to always staying with his herd and doing the same thing each day: eating leaves, sipping water from the pond and sleeping. One day when he oversleeps he awakens to find his herd has moved on and he’s distraught. Blue, a giraffe he’s never seen before and looks very different, leads him to his herd. He invites Blue to stay with the herd and they become the best of friends. I thought the plot in the book fell flat, however, the illustrations were adorable however.
Verdict: The value this month was over $50 (using Amazon’s prices) which I’m very happy with and is almost double the cost of the box ($26 a month with free shipping). The books are always well curated, beautifully wrapped and represent a variety of topics, authors, and illustrators. Our favorite this month was The Dandelion’s Tale, it was such a touching story. With four new hardcover books every month this is a great subscription to quickly grow your home library at a fabulous price.
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