BookCase.Club for Kids Review #2 + 50% Off Coupon – January 2018
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 $9.99 a month BookCase.Club for Kids (Board Book, for boys, newborn-2 years old) box.
The Subscription Box: BookCase.Club
The Cost: $9.99 a month + $5.00 shipping (discounts offered with longer subscriptions)
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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 for Kids January 2018 Review
This book was very simple, only a few words per page, but the images were all vibrant and colorful, which is perfect for a newborn to 2-years-old. I think this is a pretty gender neutral book as Disney usually appeals to everyone. The best part, which I’m not sure you can pick out in the pictures, was that in each oval behind the images was a textured, glittery background that little hands will love to touch. Each page highlighted a different character or emotion and was a lot of fun to read and demonstrate with my 18-month-old son.
This is the only board book that was included in the box this month even though I specified that I wanted to receive board books for a newborn to 2-year-old male. While this book was perfect for that age group, the rest do not fit this description at all. I am hoping that this was just because it was my first shipment and that next month’s will meet those specifications.
This is a classic book by Beatrix Potter that I do not recall ever reading. It features the same beautiful, detailed illustrations as her other works and of course, features a small creature, this time a squirrel and his wife who are saving up nuts for the coming winter. It details their adventures in storing them and I have to admit, I found it a little hard to follow the storyline, but Timmy ends up getting pushed into a woodpecker’s tree by the other squirrels and is taken care of by a chipmunk while his wife goes in search of him.
While I was happy to see such a classic book, it arrived with some dirt on the book jacket, which made it feel as though it was just thrown in haphazardly, especially since it’s not really appropriate for the age group. The book was very small making it hard to see the images and the text itself was hard to follow and too lengthy to hold interest for long.
This book, although not a board book, was very cute. It’s a perfect picture book about a dog named Rocket and the fun he and his friends have learning the alphabet. The book goes through the entire alphabet describing the different things Rocket’s friends are doing while highlighting a different letter on each page as you can see below.
The illustrations are colorful and interesting as they demonstrate some of the silly things happening. This doesn’t necessarily tell a story, but rather each page is just meant to explore a letter and words that start with that letter. Each time the featured letter appears at the beginning of a word it is in bold print to emphasize it. This would make for a fun alphabet scavenger hunt for a child just learning their letters.
Verdict: This was my first BookCase.Club box and I have to admit that I was slightly underwhelmed. The fact that the books were slightly dirty and there was no extra care in the packaging didn’t really make it feel any more special than ordering books online from a retailer. Their website states that they have curators who handpick the books and while I enjoyed the books themselves, they did not seem to be targeted towards any age group at all. I am hoping that the next time the books will be more appropriate for a newborn to 2-year-old male.
The total retail value of the books came to $33.97, which I think is great for a $14.99 ($9.99 + $5.00 shipping) per month box (even less with a longer subscription). While I was disappointed that they weren’t quite what I ordered, I still feel like I got a good mix of books at a decent value. I’m not going to contact customer service just yet since I still feel like the value is there, but I am definitely eager to see what they send in the next box and hope that I get the three board books the plan includes.
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.)
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Value Breakdown: At $9.99 a month + $5.00 shipping, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Inside Out: Meet the Emotions by Disney Pixar: $3.97
- The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter: $3.08
- R is for Rocket: An ABC Book by Tad Hills: $7.94
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