The Little Bookish Wardrobe is a monthly kid’s subscription box, created by Marketa Distasi, to help inspire imagination in your child. Each month, your child will receive a book to read, along with unique play costume pieces that match the theme and characters of the book.
Subscriptions are customizable based on your child’s gender and size (3T-7T). There are options for a single child ($32.99 a month), twins ($55.98 a month), or siblings ($60.00 a month).
This review is for the 1 child boy box.
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 Little Bookish Wardrobe
The Subscription Box: Little Bookish Wardrobe
The Cost: $32.99 + $8.00 US shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Each single child box includes a hardcover book, a costume piece, an arts and craft package, and an interactive play card with a delivered value of $65+
Good to know: Unisex boxes are available every 2-3 months and is announced via their e-mail list and social media.
Ships to: Worldwide via USPS
Little Bookish Wardrobe April 2019 Review
This is my second month receiving this subscription and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside this adorable package! This review is for the one child “boy box” in a size 5T.
What makes this info card different than many of the subscriptions is that instead of defining the items included in the box, it provides you with ideas on how to play and learn with your child. I love this thoughtful touch!
This month, the back of the card features a bonus recipe for “Mars Cupcakes.”
“A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes—only to discover that someone has eaten them all!
Readers will love being in on the secret: Unbeknownst to the explorer, a Martian has been wandering through the illustrations the whole time—and he got himself a delicious snack along the way.”
Since this box arrived yesterday, I have read this book approximately 37 times. My son thinks that it's hilarious that the astronaut went all the way to mars, didn't see the monster, and ate the chocolate cupcakes. My husband was on a work trip this week and the minute he walked into the house my son ran to him with this book and said: "Daddy, this book is so funny, I want you to read it NOW."
This is really a cute book, the pictures are simple and engaging, and best of all it doesn’t take forever to read! It’s definitely a new favorite in our home, and I was pleased to see that this author has a few more titles to his name that I might just have to pick up!
Astronaut Helmet Craft
This craft was pretty simple – just cut out the helmet, tape it onto the stick and ta-da, a helmet! My son is working on his scissor skills at school, so I do think that it was age appropriate and he had fun concentrating and cutting it out. You can see him modeling it in the photos below!
Astronaut Dress Up Costume
This astronaut costume is adorable. Although the quality is what you'd expect for a costume (lightweight, not super sturdy) I do believe that it will hold up to some solid playtime. Since it's white, my guess is that it will get dirty and will not stand up to the washing machine, so I'm assuming that I’ll need to hand wash it – but that’s OK, because it made my son so very happy to dress up like the guy in his new favorite book. I love the badge details, making this uniform look very official. I’m not sure exactly what the black strap is for – I assume that it’s a belt but if I’m missing the boat there please leave a comment below and clear that up for me!
My son is almost 4 years old, around 40” tall and around 36 lbs to help you get an idea on the size child that this costume would fit. There was plenty of room for him to grow, in fact, this is in the running for next year’s Halloween costume if it holds up that long!
“Awaiting orders from the mother ship, these glowing extraterrestrial beings remain still in their slimy chambers! Unleash an alien invasion by giving these eerie tubes to your trick-or-treaters! They are great party favors for a boy's birthday party! Each 3 3/4" plastic container is filled with goo surrounding a 1 3/4" alien.”
When I opened this tube I had no idea that there was a little plastic alien inside, it kind of freaked me out! This slime has your typical ooey-gooey consistency and is something that kids love to play with. This was a fun item to get in the box and fits the theme!
Space Brick Set (45 pieces)
So, I am a little bit of a brick snob (perhaps you read my Brick Loot reviews and know that I’m a grown woman who builds with Legos® in her spare time for fun) so at first I was excited to see this little build in the box, but honestly it just wasn’t well executed (through no fault of the subscription box itself, just this off-brand brick company leaves a little to be desired in my opinion). These blocks didn’t snap together well and were difficult for my son (and for me, a seasoned builder) to assemble. They just didn’t line up in the way that other brands do and caused some frustration.
While the idea behind it is adorable, I was a bit annoyed that I was left with extra pieces and was missing a wheel. This is unfortunately not uncommon with off-brand builds. I might be a little more critical than some others, and if I take it at face value the curation suits the box and kids like building bricks – so curation wise it’s on point!
Verdict: This is another adorable boys (also could be unisex!) box from the Little Bookish Wardrobe. I think that the idea of this box and the curation are fantastic, and I love that it's not all princess dresses! Value-wise, it's difficult to calculate since so many of the items are exclusive to this box. I am using my own sense of satisfaction to determine if the value of the contents exceeded the $40.99 price of the subscription ($32.99 a month plus $8.00 shipping), which I do. I am more than satisfied with the dress up items and the book (although I do wish they would have told me what to do with that strap!) and the toys are fun and fitting to the subscription, but not ones that will stand the test of time.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Your first box will be the May box.
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What do you think of the April Little Bookish Wardrobe?