OwlCrate Jr. Book Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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.
Use coupon code FBGIZMO to save 15% 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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
An info card was included listing each item in the box as well as the theme for July: Magical Creatures.
The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn – Value $11.82 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
This is a beautiful story about magical creatures, friendship, love and loss. Eric’s grandmother leaves her home to go to a nursing home and a veterinarian and her daughter move in to her house (which is next door to Eric’s home). He soon realizes that the veterinarian isn’t treating just normal cats and dogs. I loved the fantasy in this book, and also the fact that it was still deeply rooted in realistic fiction with relationships being the main thrust of the book. I think this book is best geared for older kids (10 and up) and I’m excited to book talk it in September with my students. The book has a few illustrations spattered throughout and it also came with an autographed bookplate to stick inside.
For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.
One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead.
When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed.
A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns.
Author, Jacqueline K. Ogburn, included a letter about what inspired her to write this book and the work she did at a wildlife clinic in order to better research her story.
3-D Colorables Dragon – Value $7.99
This dragon is made of paper can be colored with crayons, markers, colored pencils or gel pens. It is then inflated using one of the included straws. My son is excited to try this project out, the dragon looks pretty cool and we have never seen a 3-D inflatable DIY project like this before.
Owl Bag Tag – Value $9.97
My daughter loves owls and was so excited there was something in the box for her! She immediately wanted me to attach this felt owl to her backpack. It’s a good size, about 4 x 7 inches and has room on the back to put her name and contact info if we wished.
Unicorn Poop Slime – Value $4.99
This slime is a different consistency than putty like Silly Putty or Aaron’s Thinking Putty. It is wet to the touch and doesn’t have much resistance when stretched. We liked the bright pink color and glitter, and the name sure gave us a giggle but after a few minutes, the kids quickly lost interest.
Postcard – Bonus
There was a postcard included with a sketch of Eric hugging the Unicorn.
Creature Catcher Badge – Value $2.50?
This patch is an iron-on so it will be easy to add to my son’s hoodie or t-shirt. I love the darling details from the gnome holding the rose, to the intricate stitching of the net and the cardinal flying by. Adorable!
Niffler Sticker – Value $1.00?
What a cute exclusive sticker of a Niffler (from Harry Potter). These furry long-snouted beasts love shiny things as you can see as he sits atop his treasure pile with the heart above his head.
AUGUST SPOILER ALERT!
The August OwlCrate Jr. theme will be: Into the Woods. Next month will be another fantasy selection and it says it will be perfect for fans of Harry Potter.
Verdict: What a fun literature-based box geared for middle grade readers. I thought the curation was fun this month with the dragon toy and owl bag tag. The value this month was over $38 which is more than last month and more than the cost of the box itself ($27.99 a month plus $6.99 shipping). OwlCrate Jr seems to be heavily fantasy-based. I hope in future months to see some other genres represented as well to mix it up.
What did you think of OwlCrate Jr?