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BookCase.Club for Kids Review + 50% Off Coupon – January 2018

Bookcase Club for Kids January 2018 Box closed

BookCase.Club
3.5 overall rating
13 Ratings | 5 Reviews

BookCase.Club is a subscription service for book lovers. There are eight different options: six monthly options are Teenage Dream (YA), Strange Worlds (science fiction/fantasy), Blind Date (paranormal romance), Thrill Seeker (mystery/thriller), Booking for Love (romance) and BookCase.Club for Kids (picture books), there are also two quarterly options that ship every three months: Quarterly Cookbooks and Quarterly Military History.

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This review is of the BookCase.Club for Kids (picture book) box, $9.99 a month.

Bookcase Club for Kids January 2018 Review

About Read to Me by BookCase.Club

The Subscription Box: BookCase.Club

The Cost: $9.99 a month + $5.00 shipping (discounts offered with longer subscriptions)

NEW DEAL: Use code CRATE50 to get 50% off your first box!

The Products: 3 children’s picture books for the BookCase.Club for Kids box, the other boxes all come with two books per shipment.

Ships to: US

Good to Know: The BookCase.Club for Kids used to be called Read to Me. Their model now says they’ll be sending 3 books a month (formerly 4) and you can pick what age range you’d like the books to be geared to (newborn-2, age 2-4, 5-6, 7-8, Pre-Teen).

BookCase.Club Read to Me Box December 2017 Review

This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson book cover

This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson book open

This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson – Retail Value $14.99 (found here for $10.49)

This premise of this book is reminiscent of Press Here by Herve Tullet, and perhaps because I’m comparing it to that fabulous book, this one falls short. The book asks the reader to use their finger to touch certain areas on the page and say magic words to convince the reader as they turn the page that they themselves are responsible for the transformations. It’s a cute book, it’s just that it’s been done before and done better.

The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician by Matthew Porter book cover

The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician by Matthew Porter book inside

The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician by Matthew Porter – Retail Value $17.99

Oscar is a monkey magician and he is nominated to be the Magician of the Year but is almost thwarted by his cheating rival named Milton. Luckily a detective is able to solve the case when Oscar is framed for theft. This book had me scratching my head. I’m not sure what age the intended audience was, but it was over the head of my two kids who are aged 4 and 7. The vocabulary and plot twists felt more like a book for older kids, yet the picture book format is suited for younger kids. We didn’t love this selection.

Tell Me What to Dream About by Giselle Potter book cover

Tell Me What to Dream About by Giselle Potter book inside

Tell Me What to Dream About by Giselle Potter – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $17.97)

Two sisters are in their beds at night and the little sister wants her big sister to tell her what to dream about. The big sister has many creative ideas, but most don’t appeal to the little sister. Finally, they come up with a lovely dream, the same one that the sister had suggested first and they drift off to sleep. The plot doesn’t sound that exciting but the creativity of the sister’s suggestions and the fantastical illustrations made this book one that we enjoyed very much. And it has started a tradition in our own home at bedtime of giving each other ideas of what to dream about.

When an Alien Meets a Swamp Monster by Cornelius Van Wright book cover

When an Alien Meets a Swamp Monster by Cornelius Van Wright book inside

When an Alien Meets a Swamp Monster by Cornelius Van Wright – Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $15.61)

This book was hysterical with awesome illustrations! A boy goes off on his scooter and lands in a swamp, coming face to face with an alligator. It’s hard to say who is more scared of the other. Both race home to tell their siblings what they saw. The alligator thinks the boy is an alien. The boy thinks the alligator is a swamp monster. And the twist at the end of the book is the best part of all!

The Verdict: The retail value of BookCase.Club this month was $67.96, which is more than four times the cost of the box ($9.99 a month plus $5.00 shipping). I think getting four hardcover books for only $14.99 a month (less with longer subscriptions) is phenomenal. It likes the new subscription model will be changing though. According to the website, they’ll be sending three books, not four. This may have been the final month to receive 4 books. Even though not every book was a hit for us personally, we gladly pass the books along to friends, and I bring them into my school library to donate as well.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order before the 25th to get the next box. (Boxes ship on or before the 1st of each month.)

NEW DEAL: Use code CRATE50 to get 50% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $14.99 (price + shipping), but I received $67.96 worth of products inside. Here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson: $3.31
  • The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician by Matthew Porter: $3.97
  • Tell Me What to Dream About by Giselle Potter: $3.97
  • When an Alien Meets a Swamp Monster by Cornelius Van Wright: $3.75

 

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BookCase.Club is a book subscription for readers, geeks, and book lovers. Just select a genre from our website, and our expert curators will handpick the titles. Then we’ll ship two books to your door each month (three books for kids and preteens)! BookCase.Club subscriptions start at $12.99, plus $... read more.
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.

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.
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3 comments

Carrie

Ugh! Went to subscribe for my kids but they force you to choose girl books or boy books. Honestly, what year is this? I can’t believe that there aren’t enough books out there that do not perpetuate gender stereotypes for them to choose from when they are only sending 3 per month.

Shana

I think the site is down or something. I keep pressing subscribe and nothing happens. Even with three books it seems like a good deal.

Jeasica

Hi! Try now, it’s working for me. 😊
Jessica

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