Literati Club Sage Box Review + Coupon – July 2018

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Literati is a monthly book subscription box for children that works similar to Stitch Fix. For a monthly fee of $9.95, you’ll receive 5 books to try out for a week. You can purchase the ones you love and return the rest (in totally new condition) in the enclosed prepaid mailer (shipping is free in both directions).

You can get 5% off when you decide to keep all the books! There are also categories for each age bracket: Club Neo is for newborn to 1 year; Club Sprout is for children ages 2-3; Club Nova is for kids 4-6, and Club Sage is for those 7-8 years old.

This is a review of the Club Sage box. 

The Literati box upon opening.

There’s also a padded mailer, if you want to return some of the books. You can also return your own gently read books (up to five total in the mailer) for donation.

DEAL: Get $25 in account credit to put towards books when you sign up! USE THIS LINK to get the deal.

The cards come neatly wrapped in an envelope, with the Literati logo sticker.

The featured illustrator creates new artwork for the monthly themes. This month’s illustrator is Lisa Evans.

There’s a little Q&A with the featured illustrator at the back of the card.

This month’s art print was amped up in size – a full-size print. Although I don’t love that the fee doesn’t apply to a full box purchase, this makes it more worth it.

The information sheet lists the titles with a brief description for each.

They included a sheet to help us label the books, and make others know that it’s ours when we decide to keep them. And this month, it features astronomical objects!

There’s also a listing of the book prices. If you decide to keep everything, you’ll get 5% off. The subscription has a $9.95 non-refundable fee. According to Literati “it covers shipping both ways, allows the curators to invite a new world-renowned illustrator each month to draw personalized bookplates and a unique print for members, and covers other themed surprises that are included in the box.” Since the print is now full size and high quality, we are digging that change. It includes the shipping back and forth too.

There’s also a personalized card and note from Literati.

Team Literati welcomes you to another adventure that’s really out of this world!

We got this starry night kit in a blue net pouch!

The kit contains glow-in-the-dark stars and glue dots, and instructions on how to apply them.

The stars really glow, it’s like we’re looking at the night sky when we turned off the lights!

There’s another info card from Literati.

If you’re able to refer a friend, you’ll get the super readerly, ultra-soft Literati t-shirt.

There are lots of books in store for us!

Everything in the box!

The Infinity Year Of Avalon James By Dana Middleton ($9.51)

Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell have a secret–one that they aren’t allowed to discuss with anyone. This secret is shared between two best friends. When you and your best friend turn ten years old magical things are said to happen. You both will receive some kind of magical power. It can be a power you can call on time and time again. Or it can be a power that comes once when you need it most. It’s your Infinity Year and the possibilities are endless.

The past year hasn’t been great with her family being torn apart and bullying at school, so Avalon is depending on her magical ability to appear soon and help. With the clock ticking and her eleventh birthday approaching, which would be the end of her powers, Avalon’s hopes are running high. Will she and Atticus get the powers they so desperately want and need?

Dana Middleton’s debut novel is a wonderfully enchanting story of the possibility of magic and the even more magical bond between two best friends.

The book tells us about an enchanting story of a great friendship.

The story is relatable as it is really engaging. The author did a great job in making the protagonist’s challenges and triumphs believable. It’s a good book that teaches lessons on resilience, friendship, and hope.

The Phantom Tollbooth By Norton Juster ($13.99)

With almost 4 million copies sold over 50 years after its original publication, generations of readers have now journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic that Philip Pullman says “comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight for a very long time yet. And teach us some wisdom, too.” Enriched by Jules Feiffer’s splendid illustrations, the wit, wisdom, and wordplay of Norton Juster’s offbeat fantasy are as beguiling as ever.

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams!

The story is about Milo’s visit to the Island of Conclusions, and even embarks on a journey to save Rhyme and Reason!

The book included images to accompany the kids during their journey!

There are also several font changes to emphasize certain scenarios.  It also comes with good wordplay that makes it a charming book for kids. My daughter has already ingested this one completely – I sense a reread coming on!

Beep And Bob “Too Much Space” By Jonathan Roth ($16.99)

Meet space-school attendee Bob and his alien bestie Beep in this start to an outrageously funny and action-packed chapter book series that’s great for “kids who love funny stories but may be too young for books like ­Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (School Library Journal) from debut author Jonathan Roth!

Astro Elementary is a school near Saturn attended by the bravest, brightest, most elite kids in the galaxy…and Bob. Bob never wanted to go to fourth grade in dark, dangerous space. He even tried to fail the admissions test by bubbling in “C” for every answer—and turned out to be the only kid on Earth to get a perfect score!

Bob feels he couldn’t be more misplaced at his school—until he meets Beep. Beep is an alien from the planet Orth who was kicked off his home world for being too small. The instant Bob finds him, Beep adopts Bob as his new mother. Soon Bob can’t turn around without bumping into Beep’s squishy little body. Together, they make the perfect team. And Bob logs their adventures on his space blog, or SPLOG, with Beep providing the illustrations.

In their first adventure, Bob is humiliated on a field trip to Pluto when his tongue gets stuck to the ice. Not even Beep can keep Bob from becoming the laughing stock of the school. Bob has to find a way to completely change his personality, just in time for their next treacherous field trip—to the gaping mouth of a super massive black hole!

Unlike the others, the back of this book only says a few words…

Crazy adventures in space!

The cover flap tells us about the Astro Elementary, which is a school near Saturn attended by the bravest, smartest kids in the Solar System… and the protagonist, Bob.

The book tells us about the misadventures of Bob, and the illustrations were hilarious too! It’s a lot of fun!

100 Paper Spaceships To Fold & Fly By Jerome Martin ($21.43) To go with the reading books, we also got this book full of paper spaceships that we need to fold and let fly!

This will definitely appeal to kids as it contains 100 tear-out sheets to fold into space explorers, alien motherships, and orbital cruisers.

All the sheets in the book have guidelines to help you and the kids fold. Each spaceship also has symbols in the corner that you can look out for, and it should be on the top left-hand corner before you begin the process.

There are four types of spacecraft that you can fold: scoutships, orbiters, interceptors, or starcruisers.

The prints and images were all high-quality.

The kids really had fun folding each sheet and making them fly after.

We can use these crafts to go with the glow-in-the-dark stars that we stick on the ceiling. We just need to put some strings on them and let them hang.

If: A Mind-Bending New Way Of Looking At Big Ideas And Numbers By David J. Smith ($14.28)

Some things are so huge or so old that it’s hard to wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch? Instantly, we’d see our world in a whole new way.? So begins this endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David J. Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.

By simply reducing everything to human scale, Smith has made the incomprehensible easier to grasp, and therefore more meaningful. The children who just love these kinds of fact-filled, knock-your-socks-off books will want to read this one from cover to cover. It will find the most use, however, as an excellent classroom reference that can be reached for again and again when studying scale and measurement in math, and also for any number of applications in social studies, science and language arts. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Smith has included six suggestions for classroom projects. There is also a full page of resource information at the back of the book.

Some of the IFs are giving us an idea of how things work, like if the Sun is as big as a grapefruit, the Earth is just like a grain of salt. It gives us the idea on the size difference between the two bodies, and how small we really are!

They even listed the events that occurred in the last 3000 years. A lot has happened, and now, technology’s taking over!

There’s also a page about life expectancy and pictures the idea by comparing it to footprints in the sand. I felt this wasn’t the best infographic because the lowest life expectancies are because of war. Leaves too many questions.

Meanwhile, these pages give us an idea of how much water our planet consists of. Apparently, it occupies more than 70% of the earth!

This is really an out of this world selection! From all the books in this month’s box, the kids really loved the one with foldable paper spaceships. The book of IFs is a great one too as it provides lots of useful information, and it’s really an interesting read. The storybooks are all fun and give lots of lessons too. My kids love reading, and I love getting them new titles and I was thrilled to see the Phantom Tollbooth. Literati is making a way to make each other’s dreams come true one book at a time, and this truly introduces us to a whole new perspective about the outer space!

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