Amazon Prime Book Box, Ages 6-8 Review – September 2019
Prime Book Box provides hand-picked books for kids 12 and under and offers boxes for different age groups: baby-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12.
This review is of the $19.99 a month Prime Book Box, for ages 6-8.
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About Amazon Prime Book Box
The Subscription Box: Prime Book Box
The Cost: $19.99 every 1, 2, or 3 months + free Prime 2-day shipping.
The Products: Babies to age 2 receive four board books chosen from a curated selection of eight books. Kids ages 2-12 receive two hardcover books chosen from a curated selection of four books.
Ships to: The Contiguous US, APO/FPO, Alaska, and Hawaii
Prime Book Box September 2019 Review
My 3rd-grade daughter just turned eight years old and loves reading. We have a wide selection of age-appropriate books for her and we’re always looking to discover new favorites. We love seeking out children’s books with diverse stories and characters. We were excited to receive and review this month’s Prime Book Box.
Meena Meets Her Match (The Meena Zee Books) by Karla Manternach and Illustrated Rayner Alencar – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $8.97)
“Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins.
But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing with her at recess and she experiences an unexpected and scary incident at breakfast, nothing can fight off the gray.
That’s when Meena comes up with a plan to create the BEST and most COLORFUL Valentine’s Day Box in the class. With the help of her cousin, Eli, and her stuffed zebra, Raymond, Meena discovers that the best way to break through the blah is to let her true colors shine.”
Karla Manternach is an author of middle-grade children’s book and an active member of the Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Children’s Books, Writers, and Illustrators. She’s also a freelance writer for Catholic publications and organizations. Rayner Alencar is a freelance illustrator, visual development artist, and character designer primarily focused on creating work for animation and children’s books.
Meena Meets Her Match was a new reading experience for my daughter. Typically, there’s a lot of positivity around the main character. It’s usually the one that you find the most relatable, the good guy, the person you cheer for and are most invested in. My daughter didn’t entirely care for Meena and her antics but also expressed a lot of empathy towards Meena, her loneliness, and her illness. To date, Meena has been the most realistic character my daughter has encountered. Her character demonstrates that no one is perfect and that we all have our flaws and that flaws don’t make you a bad person.
Book Summary from Amazon:
“The quiet town of Broomsweep has just started to adjust to the dragon, pixies, and gryphon who decided to call Ivy’s cottage home when a farmer proposes an unusual trade. In exchange for curing his goat of a bellyache, the farmer will give Ivy and her grandmother a mysterious egg. When the egg hatches to reveal a baby goblin, the creature creates such mayhem, even Grandmother doesn’t know what to do. It’s up to Ivy and a few of her magical friends to brave a dark forest and find the goblin’s family. There’s just one problem: Goblins can’t STAND humans! Will Ivy’s daring mission succeed?”
Katherine Coville is an author, artist, sculptor, and doll maker. She has authored several children’s books and illustrated numerous books written by her husband, Bruce Coville.
Since this book was just below my daughter’s reading level, she was able to read it independently and quick for a chapter book. She flew through the first three chapters of Ivy and the Goblins, stopping to giggle and speculate about what’s in the egg even though it was clear from the title and the pictures that it was a goblin. I think that when reading a more challenging book, it takes a little away from the story. But, since she could easily read and follow this story, she was able to simply enjoy the silliness.
Verdict: The Prime Book Box comes in its own specially-designed book box featuring fun, kid-friendly characters. It’s very cute and my daughter gets excited when this box is delivered because she knows it’s just for her. This month’s selections were both awesome, engaging and age-appropriate.
Meena Meets her Match and Ivy and the Goblins could not be more different! Meena’s story is one of a complex child dealing with real-life struggles with friendship, pride, and illness. The subject and reading level was a little more mature than what my 8-year-old would typically read. Ivy’s story surrounds a challenging little goblin. The reading level was a little below where my daughter is now but super fun to read. Both were awesome stories in their own way, and both are highly recommended.
Amazon says: “Prime Book Box saves you up to 40% off List Price, and is always an equal or better value than Amazon’s everyday low prices. In the event that the books in your box are available from Amazon.com for less than $19.99 at the time your order is placed, you’ll receive the lower price automatically.”
The cost of the Prime Book Box is $19.99 has a listed value of $34.98. The retail value is $23.30 – the cost of purchasing the books directly from Amazon at this time of this review. This box represents over 40% savings off list price and is a better value than Amazon’s prices at the time of this review. I did, however, notice that the retail value for the last few boxes was around the same and those boxes were price adjusted to $16.99. When considering just the sale prices of this month’s box is $20.69 and the cost of the box $19.99, it’s not a great deal.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Each month, Amazon offers a great selection of books to choose from. You can preview the available books before signing up.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $19.99 + free two-day Prime shipping. Here’s what you are paying approximately for each book in this box:
- Meena Meets Her Match – $10.28
- Ivy and the Goblins – $9.71
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