LitJoy Crate Picture Book Box Review + Coupon – November 2017
LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscription box for kids and teens. They also have a NEW model where you will now receive TWO books each month! You will receive one new-release book, a LitJoy favorite book that goes with that month’s theme, an exclusive activity packet, and one to two items that bring the book to life! They have crates for ages 3-7 (picture books), ages 8-13 (middle grade), and 14+ (young adult).
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Kid’s, $29.99 a month + shipping, box.
The Subscription Box: LitJoy Crate
The Cost: The Children’s and YA boxes cost $29.99/monthly, $86.97/3-month pre-pay, or $167.94/6-month pre-pay. The Middle-Grade box costs $34.99/quarter. Add $8.99 USPS flat-rate shipping, $14.99 shipping to Canada, and $24.99 international shipping.
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: Two books – one new-release and one favorite that matches the boxes theme, an exclusive activity packet, and one to two items that bring the book to life.
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
An info card highlighting the month’s theme of ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ was included to help you and your little reader navigate everything inside the box. I always find this to be super helpful! As an added bonus this month, LitJoy Crate sent along two coupon cards! The first is for MyBookMark and the second is for MerryMakers. Great to use for some Holiday shopping!
The featured book of the month is all about King Jasper and what happens when he gets everything he asks for! This book is aimed at showing kids how getting everything that you want might not always turn out how you thought it would. The King of Too Many Things takes us on a funny adventure with King Jasper as he tries to fix problem after problem that comes up from his numerous wishes. In the end, after his small kingdom goes back to normal, he finds that all he really needs is a friend! The illustrations in the book are so bold and the story will keep your little reader laughing at every page. When you get right down to it though, the message at the end is all about appreciating what you have. Which is something we could all use a reminder of from time to time.
These letters from the author are honestly my favorite thing! They feel like personalized notes that are always so sweet. My son also loves dragons, robots, and superheroes, which is probably why he loved this book so much. If he had to one other thing to write a book about, it would probably be hippos!
Wizard’s Wand – Retail Value $15.93
I secretly would like to keep this wand for myself or just play with it when my son goes to bed. It seriously is so awesome! The wand has a three-light speed option that I really wish I could have captured here, but the lights flash so quickly that my camera just wouldn’t capture it nicely. The colors when the wand is turned on are so bold and bright, my son loves turning it on when we are outside playing at dusk.
Adjustable Crown – Retail Value $1.67? (value based on similar product)
I wish I had a picture of my face when I saw this in the box, I was way too excited! My son doesn’t love wearing hats usually so I didn’t think he would like this, but sure enough, he has been wearing it for the past two days. I love that two of the toys from this month’s box focus on playing dress-up! Once we read The King of Too Many Things I was able to say, “Now let’s go play King!” These toys were a huge win for both me and my son!
The King of Too Many Things Themed Activity Pages – Retail Value $2.00?
The activity pages for this month all focus on the theme from The King of Too Many Things. My favorite page for the month is the ‘thankful for’ tree. While I think the overall concept of what we are thankful for might be a little over my son’s head right now, we still had fun writing down different things that he knows and loves.
Our second book of the month introduces us to Melvin, a little boy that often throws a fit when he doesn’t get his way. The only time he doesn’t get upset is when he is at school because his teacher has one very important rule. You will have to read on to discover the rule, but let’s just say Melvin learns a very important lesson about appreciating what you have. My son absolutely loved this book and the silly illustrations that are so bold! He thought Melvin was very silly especially when he got upset over his chocolate chip cookie. I love that this is another book that will keep you and your reader laughing, but in the end, there is a very important lesson that we can all learn from.
Verdict: Just the other day I thought, “I wonder when our next LitJoy Crate is scheduled to arrive?” That is how much we love LitJoy Crate in my house! My son loves reading books and is getting to that age where he will flip through the books on his own and tell me stories for each page. With how eager he is to learn and discover through reading and pictures, we find ourselves looking to buy new books all the time. LitJoy Crate really helps in bringing fresh books each month that I know he is going to love and learn from as well. This month’s theme was so great because it allowed us to teach our son important lessons in a fun and silly way! Plus, I got, I mean my son got, a really awesome crown and wand!
To Wrap Up: The monthly cost of this box is $38.98 ($29.99 a month + $8.99 US shipping fee) and I received a total of five items with an estimated total value of $52.54. Now that you are guaranteed two books each month, I have found that the monthly value keeps going up! There are fewer of the little toys or crafts which is allowing for better books and toys.
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the December box which ships on 12/20.
Coupon – Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $38.98 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- The King of Too Many Things By Laurel Synder: $13.35
- Wizard’s Wand: $11.82
- Adjustable Crown: $1.24
- The King of Too Many Things Themed Activity Pages: $1.48
- You Get What You Get By Julie A. Gassman: $11.09
What did you and your little reader think of this month’s LitJoy Crate?