Elephant Books Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2019
Elephant Books is a children’s book subscription box for ages 0-6. They specialize in recently published books and new discoveries, so they don’t send anything that’s movie tie-ins, have re-purposed characters, or are “classics.” Their goal is to send books that are original, literary, and appeal to both boys’ and girls’ interests.
This is a review of the Picture Books subscription for children 2-6.
They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee and a free replacement if you receive a book you already own!
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Elephant Books
The Subscription Box: Elephant Books
The Cost: $20.99/monthly + $5 shipping (discounted monthly costs available when purchasing a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription)
COUPON: Use coupon code ADDICTION for 15% off your first box!
The Products: Children’s books (three board books for ages 0-2, or two picture books for ages 2-6), specializing in recently published works and new discoveries.
Ships to: US ($5 shipping) and Canada ($17 shipping)
Elephant Books March 2019 Picture Books Review
Here’s the info card that was included in my first Elephant Books box.
A reading tip was also included, offering a tip to help your child develop letter recognition.
They also offer a referral discount.
Elephant Books includes some nice little extras: for their picture book subscriptions they send attachable little library cards to put in your books where you can record each time you read the book and with whom, and for their board books subscriptions they include adhesive bookplates for parents to write who gave the book and when.
I love the art in this book. It’s very whimsical and breezy. It’s about a boy whose mother sends him to the store to pick up a few items (“a bunch of carrots, a box of rice, some China tea, a big, firm pear, and a tin of peas”). However, along the way the boy gets distracted and as he tries to remember the list of things his brain basically plays telephone with itself and morphs the things he was supposed to get into ridiculously silly things (“tin of peas is replaced by a trapeze; a big, firm pear becomes a big furry bear; and a box of rice transforms into a box of mice!”). It’s a cute story that got a few giggles out of my son!
I liked this book least of the two, but it’s still a cute book. There are three sub-stories, all giving different examples of one mouse friend thinking he’s being braver and better and more daring than the other three, brazenly overcoming any obstacle in his way. He tells his friends to worry less and have more fun but he ends finds himself in some predicaments (swimming in a cat’s water bowl, climbing a mountain that ends up actually being a camel, climbing a tree to get in an eagle’s nest…). There’s not much of a real moral lesson in this book but it’s a cute story that held my son’s attention.
The Verdict: This was my first delivery from Elephant Books and I’m happy with it! I really love that they don’t send books with movie tie-ins or reused characters and that they promise a free replacement if you get a book you already own, and a 30-day money back guarantee. My son and I both enjoyed reading these two books together and I’m looking forward to future boxes.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? According to their FAQ:
For new subscription orders placed during the last week of the month, the first subscription month will be considered the month following. (Examples: For a new subscription placed on September 27, shipping will take place within 5 business days, and the first month of subscription will be considered October. The second package will be mailed around November 15. For a new subscription placed on September 10, shipping will take place within 5 business days, and the first month of subscription will be considered September. Second package will be mailed around October 15.)
Coupon: Use coupon code ADDICTION for 15% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $20.99 with a monthly subscription + $5 US shipping, so you’re paying about $12.99 per book total. That adds to about 24% off retail prices and about 6% off of current sale prices.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What do you think about Elephant Books?