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Subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and I’m a total sucker for them, especially when it comes to book boxes. So when I got the chance to review a box from Little Fun Club, I pounced like a bear on a hiker.
Do I need a better reason? I think not.
The box showed up pretty quickly. I had to bite back my enthusiasm and wait for my kids to get home from school before we could open it. One of the toughest things about being a children’s book blogger is pretending that I’m doing it for my kids. In truth, I love reading children’s books just because I like them. The fact that my kids get exposed to a wide variety of reading material is just sprinkles on top of an already glorious cupcake.
But I digress.
What is Little Fun Club?
Little Fun Club is a subscription box for children’s books. When you subscribe, your child receives a box with three age-appropriate books each month.
What Does it Cost?
Like most subscription boxes, the longer your commitment, the lower the cost per month. Here are their prices.
1 month subscription – $29/month
3 month subscription – $27/month
6 month subscription – $25/month
What’s in the Box?
They hand select every book that goes into your box, so no two boxes are the same. It’s addressed to your child and the books are tailored to their age and gender.
The books come wrapped in brown packaging paper and are tied together with a red ribbon. It’s like a mini birthday party when the box shows up.
I have to say, I was thrilled by the book choices.
Here’s what was in the box.
Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
This book was for my toddler, who adores board books. She immediately put it in the bedtime book stack, where it has taken up permanent residence. We read it every night and several times a day.
It’s a funny book about a bunch of farm animals playing tricks on their “substitute” farmer. It’s adorable and hilarious and a fantastic addition to my daughter’s bookshelf.
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by John Hendrix
I loved this book! Deborah Hopkinson is one of my (newly discovered) favorite authors for children. She writes amazing books about history, both picture books and middle-grade books. And this is one of my favorite picture books from her. She’s a fantastic author and I’m super happy to have one of her books included in our box.
This book is intended for kids on the upper end of the picture book audience, so I read it to my older kids. It’s a fictionalized account of Charles Dickens’s childhood. We talked about Charles Dickens and the stories he created. Besides being a good story by itself, it also gave my kids the chance to appreciate an author that has contributed so much to the world of literature.
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce, illustrated by Moonbot
You’re probably familiar with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by this same author. Once again, I was thrilled that this was the choice for my oldest daughter, Miss K. This is a middle-grade novel about a boy and his favorite toy. It’s adventurous and heartwarming. There are full-color pictures every few pages and the line spacing makes the text easy to read.
I have to say, Little Fun Club really delivered on their promise of three adventurous books. I was more than happy with the books they decided to send me.
So let’s talk about what I liked and didn’t like about the service after receiving our first box.
What I Liked
- Book choices – I’m thrilled with the books they sent my kids. One of the things that drew me to Little Fun Club in the first place was their great selection of books. They have connections with all the big publishers and offer popular titles that you will probably end up buying anyway because they’re bookshelf must-haves.
- The books are full retail books – They are not book club editions. They are brand new retail books. For me, this is a MUST. Book club editions are usually lighter and are not as durable. And as any parent knows, kids are too rough on their books to be buying something that isn’t durable.
- Free shipping – All boxes include shipping. Again, this is a must-have feature. There’s nothing worse than committing to a subscription box only to find out that there are hidden fees.
- Include multiple kids – This is one of the things that I love the most about Little Fun Club. You can split your box between two or three kids. Since I have three daughters, I split the box between them so they each get one book every month. If you only have one child, then they get all three books.
- Cost – Honestly, $25 for three hardcover, popular books is a steal. You couldn’t find these books at this price at the bookstore. Your box will always cost less than the retail value of its contents, so you can rest assured you’re getting a good deal.
- Convenience – I LOVE that I can set it and forget it. All I have to do is create an account and BAM! My kids get books every month and I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to go hunting for new books, drive to the library, harass the librarian, accost my friends, interrogate my kids’ friends, and do other drastic and sometimes illegal things in order to find good books for my kids to read.
What I Didn’t Like
Fair warning, this is going to be a short list!
- I felt like they did a good job at customizing the books to my children’s ages. However, my middle child has started to move past picture books, so I’m not sure how long she’ll read A Boy Called Dickens, even though it’s technically still in her range of interest.
- I have an unreasonable fear of commitment. I wish that there was an option to skip a month or get a box every other month. You can pause your subscription, but I would rather have a “skip this month” button I could click.
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