- 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.)
The Subscription Box: Bookroo Chapter Book Club
The Cost: $24.95 a month + shipping (save with longer subscriptions)
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 May 2020 Review
Bookroo sends the books individually wrapped each month which is such a nice treat. This paper is so colorful and pretty!
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!
Nana Cracks the Case by Kathleen Lane – Retail Value $14.99
Nana is not your ordinary grandma. She never wears cloppy shoes, drinks prune juice, or worries about slippery surfaces. Eufala and Bog's nana would much rather join the circus, work as a backhoe operator, or maybe become a detective. Which is exactly what happens in this very funny chapter book. When Nana answers an ad in the local newspaper for a detective, she arrives at the police department just in time to investigate the theft of one entire case of delicious Yumdums candy. Can one little old lady find a way to save the day and stop the candy thief from striking again?
This book has such a silly concept from the start with a nana who is not like any other grandmother. Nana craves adventure and excitement and she seems to pursue these things wholeheartedly. While these adventures have led her to go deep-sea fishing and swing from a trapeze, her latest calling is to become a detective so she sets about applying for the job. Meanwhile, her accidentally mischievous grandchildren have snuck out of their home and are having an adventure of their own that gets them in trouble leading them to be left in Nana's custody. They work together in this silly, humorous tale, which I found to be a fun, easy read. I enjoyed that Nana was just a bit wacky and the little illustrations that are strewn throughout the book only add to the humor!
Fortune's Magic Farm by Suzanne Selfors - Retail Value $15.99
In the spirit of Roald Dahl, Suzanne Selfors spins a wonderful and weird middle-grade tale filled with friendship and magic―now in an entirely new package!
Ten-year-old Isabelle lives in Runny Cove where it’s always raining and the whole world has turned gray. When she gets a mysterious visitor with news of an unexpected inheritance, she leaps at the chance to a place full of sunshine . . . and magic!
There, magic grows into cherries that cure ills and fronds that make her fly. But when Isabelle feels the call to return to Runny Cove and use the magic of the farm to stop the rain, her loyalty is put to the test. Can she choose between her new home and the one she left behind?
This book is so descriptive and full of imagery that helps you immerse yourself in the story and imagine what it must be like to be Isabelle. It really does have a Roald Dahl (one of my favorites!) feel to it with the quirky characters and the way they interact with one another, all of these poor sniffling tenants living under the thumb of the strange Mama Lulu. Right away you can sense Isabelle's sweet, kind-hearted spirit, and you root for her to succeed. This has a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of magic, and a sense of humanity as she tries to save those that she loves.
Verdict: This month's Bookroo selections were both just a bit whimsical and silly in their approach. The Nana book was a nice, light read with plenty of goofiness, while Fortune's Magic Farm took on a more serious tone with Isabelle's adventure. The total retail value of our books was $30.98 which isn't bad for a $29.94 ($19.95 a month + $4.99 shipping) box. I think there is also some additional value in the fact that these books are vetted and picked for you and that they come wrapped up so pretty and complete with a parent guide!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the June box.
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Value Breakdown: At $29.94 ($24.95 + $4.99 shipping) for this box and a total retail value of $30.98, this is what you are paying approximately for each book:
- Nana Cracks the Case: $14.49
- Fortune's Magic Farm: $15.45
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