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Bookroo Chapter Book Box Review + Coupon – February 2020

Bookroo is a monthly book subscription for children that sends quality books sure to engage kids in reading. They offer three subscription options:

  • The Board Book Club, which includes 3 books for ages 0-3 for $19.95 + $4.99 shipping/month,
  • The Picture Book Club, which includes 2 hardcover books for ages 2-6 for $19.95 + $4.99 shipping/month, and
  • The Chapter Book Club, which includes 2 books for ages 7-10 for $24.95 + $4.99 shipping/month.

This review is of the Chapter Book box for ages 7-10.

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 Bookroo

The Subscription Box: Bookroo Chapter Book Club

The Cost: $24.95 a month + shipping (save with longer subscriptions)

COUPON: Use code MSA15 to save 15% off your first box!

The Products: 2 books for kids ages 7-10 selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading

Ships to: The US for $4.99, Canada for $16, and worldwide for an additional shipping charge

Bookroo Chapter Book February 2020 Review

Bookroo sends the books individually wrapped each month which is such a nice treat. I love the comic style paper here!

 

Bookroo always includes an insert that gives a brief description of the books you receive and on the reverse, there is a parent guide. The parent guide provides some great talking points so that you can get a discussion going with your child about what they read. They also include a link to a quiz that kids can take to test their reading comprehension afterward!

 

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg – Retail Value $7.99 (found here for $7.48)

From Amazon:

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen–always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.

This book is a fun concept when John Watson happens to move into the same building as Shelby Holmes and the two become unlikely friends. John’s parents have recently divorced and after having moved around a lot while his mother was in the military, they have finally landed in a stable home. John is immediately intrigued and kind of weirded out by this observant young girl who seems to be friends with everyone in the neighborhood. He tags along and learns that she is a detective and quickly offers his help in hopes that he can meet some new people and make some friends in his new city. Shelby herself has never had a friend it seems and after working together to solve a case involving a missing dog, the two deem themselves as partners and it seems like they have several follow up mysteries to solve together in this series! I thought this was a cute and fun detective story that kids will enjoy!

 

The Wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides – Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $7.59)

From Amazon:

Twelve-year-old Ace’s life is about to change in the most unexpected and magical ways—all because of a peanut butter jar.

When he opens it, he inadvertently releases a genie named Ridge. Now a Wishmaker, Ace is given a week to complete a seemingly impossible quest, and if he fails the world will end in the most tragic (but cuddly) way imaginable.

Luckily, Ridge can help by granting Ace an unlimited number of wishes…as long as Ace is willing to accept the consequences. The bigger the wish, the greater the consequence. So, if Ace wants to avoid having pogo sticks for legs or his clothes turn invisible, he’ll have to be careful what he wishes for and get a little creative.

When Ace goes to open his peanut butter jar, everything changes! Inside is a genie, although he looks more like a regular kid than a genie and the wishes don’t quite work in the way he expects them to. He has to be very careful how he words his wishes which makes for some silly fun and in addition to that, he has to accept some unusual consequences that the Universe gives him in exchange for those wishes. His genie also informs him that he has a quest to complete otherwise there will be some very strange and devastating consequences for the entire world. Ace and his genie, Ridge, set out to accomplish this mission and along the way, they team up with another Wishmaker who has a quest of her own. This book is pretty silly at times and has a unique plot that I think kids will enjoy.

Verdict: This month’s Bookroo selections were cute and definitely some fun ones for kids featuring genies and kid detectives! The total retail value of our books was $24.98 which is pennies over the $29.94 ($19.95 a month + $4.99 shipping) cost of this box. If you consider sale prices, it is significantly lower at $15.07. Since book prices tend to fluctuate, I am okay with the retail value we received since I find some additional value in the fact that the books are vetted and picked for us and delivered all wrapped up along with a helpful parent guide. I do think that this box would be so cool for kids if they would add just one little thing to each box- a pencil, keychain, bookmark; just something for kids to get even more excited about reading!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the March box.

From Bookroo:

If you order between the 5th and the 15th of the month, your box will ship in our monthly batch the business day following the 15th. If you order between the 1st and the 4th, or the 16th and the 31st, your box will ship the weekend following your purchase. All subsequent boxes will ship with our monthly batch the business day.

COUPON: Use code MSA15 to save 15% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $29.94 ($24.95 + $4.99 shipping) for this box and a total retail value of $24.98, you are paying just about retail value for each book.

Read all of our Bookroo reviews and check out our Kids Subscription Box Directory for other fun boxes your child might enjoy!

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

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