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.)
About OwlCrate Jr.
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.
The Products: You will receive (1) hardcover middle grade book plus assorted gender neutral book-related items.
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International
OwlCrate Jr. December 2017 Review
An info card was included listing each item in the box as well as the theme for December: Abracadabra.
I was so excited to see that this book is written by Neil Patrick Harris! I’ve been reading this book with my first-grade son a little bit each night before bed and we are loving it. Carter escapes from his crooked magician uncle, Mike and meets up with some friends who are going to work together as a team to get the bad guys. The book is such a delight and I we are thrilled it’s the start of a new series!
From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.
After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.
(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. As a reward, I'll let you in on a little secret... This book isn't just a book. It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!)
Included with the book this month was a letter from Neil Patrick Harris and a Magic Misfits pencil.
52 Cool Tricks for Kids – Retail Price $6.95
This deck of cards is filled with easy to learn tricks that kids can perform. Each card lists the materials needed (many are things you would most likely have in your home already) and a few simple steps. This was a fun addition to the Abracadabra theme.
Master Magician Patch – Estimated Value $1.00
This patch fits the theme well. It could be attached to a backpack or jacket if you wish.
Rabbit in a Hat Finger Puppet – Retail Value $6.74
This cute puppet certainly fit the theme, but I think it misses the mark for the intended age group of the box. My kids have outgrown finger puppets and they are only 4 and 7.
Crafted Van Bookmarks – Estimated Value $5.00
I’ve always enjoyed reading Liz's Crafted Van reviews and was psyched to get my own set in this box. These two mini magnetic bookmarks look like they may be an OwlCrate Jr. exclusive as I don’t see them for sale on the Crafted Van Etsy site. A set of three mini bookmarks retails for $7.44 so I am estimating these two are approximately $5.00.
Rabbit in a Hat Button - Estimated $0.50
Since the premise of this book is magic the rabbit peeking out of the hat was a perfect touch.
The January OwlCrate Jr. theme will be: Sugar and Spice. The selection features family, friendship, magic and a touch of trouble. Sounds great to me!
Verdict: OwlCrate Jr.’s December box was a hit for us! The value this month (with my estimations) was over $33 which is a little less than the cost of the box ($27.99 a month plus $6.99 shipping). However we love the book selection this month, the magnetic bookmarks from Crafted Van and the set of magic trick cards so we are very pleased with the curation. We highly recommend OwlCrate Jr for middle grade readers who love fantasy literature.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $27.99 + $6.99, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $5.
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