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Coffee & A Classic “Children’s Classics” Review – September 2018


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Coffee and a Classic is a monthly book & beverage subscription box, curated by Ashlee Doherty. Ashlee’s mission is to create a complete escape each month for lovers of literature, providing a thought out and curated experience where readers can curl up with the book, a beverage, and other bookish items to retreat from everyday life.

Reviewed by popular demand!

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There are two different subscription levels available:

  • The STARTER BOX ($28.99/month + $8 shipping) provides you with a classic book, something to sip on, and 2 bookish items each month.
  • The STANDARD BOX ($39.99/month + $10 shipping) provides you with a classic book, something to sip (your choice of coffee, tea, hot chocolate) & snack on, a bookmark, a coffee mug, and 1-2 bookish items based on a theme. This book box is also packaged in a high-quality photo box.

With each level of subscription, you can select from three genres: Classic Literature, Children’s Classics, and Classic Nonfiction.

This review is for the Starter Children’s Classics Box.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About Coffee and a Classic

The Subscription Box: Coffee and a Classic Starter Box

The Cost: $28.99 a month + $8 shipping. Save 5%-15% with longer pre-paid subscriptions.

The Products: A classic book, something to sip on, 2 bookish items + a bookmark

Ships to: the US only

Good to Know: Boxes ship between the 19th-23rd of each month. You can cancel your subscription at any time (recurring billing happens on the 1st of the month). Each month, a sneak peek is available and you can change genres if something catches your eye.

Coffee and a Classic Starter Children’s Classics September 2018 Review

This month’s selection is Matilda, a favorite since 1988 written by British author Roald Dahl.

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Like most subscriptions, the first item you see when you open the box is an info card detailing the products inside. The contents listed include the book itself, a single serving of hot cocoa, 2 bookish items, and a bookmark.

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Matilda (Hardcover) by Roald Dahl – Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $15.29)

From Amazon:

“Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!”

The whimsical illustrations in this book were done by Quentin Blake and add the perfect amount of interest to keep young children engaged in this quirky, charming English story about a very smart, extraordinary girl who loves to read. I remember reading this book as a child and don’t think at the time grasped some of the more adult themes in the book. Its tone is fun for children, but also complex enough that as an adult I enjoyed rereading this story. There are some twists, turns, pranks and warm moments throughout that are sure to please any curious young mind.

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Exclusive! Matilda’s Color Changing Hot Chocolate

This was the perfect sip to accompany this adorable book. When I first opened the package, I found a white color. When hot water was added it turned to an appealing shade of pale pink. This hot chocolate tasted very much like white chocolate and was rich, smooth, and creamy. There were no nutritional facts included or markings to indicate where, or by whom, it was manufactured.

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coffee and a classic socks

coffee and a classic socks

BOOKRIOT Read the Rainbow Socks, size small – Retail Value $10.00

These purple, unisex socks come in both small and large. I wear a size 7.5 women’s shoe and the small size fits me comfortably. I love the unicorn and multi-colored book print! These socks are 75% cotton, 20% polyester, and 5% spandex.

I may keep these for myself, or gift them to one of my dear friends who is an elementary school librarian. Notably, each purchase of these socks helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.

coffee and a classic bracelet

coffee and a classic bracelet

coffee and a classic bracelet

coffee and a classic bracelet

Out of Print Library Card Slap Bracelet – Retail Value $5.00

This 8.5″ bracelet takes me right back to my (age-appropriate) days of reading Matilda and wearing slap bracelets! It’s made of rubber and features a library card design on the top and an Albert Einstein quote on the inside. Similar to the socks, each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.

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Newt Bookmark from Folio – Retail Value $1.50

This adorable little plastic newt makes the perfect bookmark!

Verdict: It’s hard to quantify the exact value of this box because of the exclusive item, but I can say I’m satisfied with the curation of this box. I would like to have seen something of a little higher value since my calculated value (not counting the hot chocolate) came to $33.49. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Your first box will be the October selection. From Coffee and a Classic:

Your box will ship between the 3rd Thursday or 4th Monday of every month. Please order by the 15th of the month to get the current box.

Value Breakdown: At $41.00 ($29.00 + $12.00 shipping) for this box, you’re paying about $8.20 per item.

Check out all of our Coffee and a Classic reviews and the Book Subscription Box List!

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Written by Colette Christian

Colette Christian

Colette’s subscription addiction started innocently enough with a few beauty boxes in 2013. As her life has evolved, so have her subscriptions – and some of her favorites now include boxes that cater towards lifestyle (Popsugar Must Have), pets (BarkBox), and children (Gap Outfit Box and Mac & Mia).

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Comments (5)

  1. I really want to try this box! Great review! Have you ordered any of the others boxes from Etsy? I have not purchased from Etsy before

    • I haven’t but I think I would without concerns:-)

  2. The bracelet is cute but I’d be very surprised if that were a genuine Einstein quotation.

    • You are correct! The quote is mis-attributed or at least mis-quoted.

      He was asked through his secretary, “What is the speed of sound?” He could not say off-hand, he replied. He did not carry such information in his mind but it was readily available in text books.

      Though it definitely sounds like something Hermione Granger would say. 😉

  3. You have 2 shipping fees listed for this box– $8 and $12. Which is correct?

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