OwlCrate Jr. is a monthly book subscription box for young readers ages 8-12 with a middle-grade book plus fun gender neutral bookish items designed to enhance your little reader’s experience. It’s from Owl Crate, a super popular YA (young adult) fiction subscription.
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The theme for the January 2019 OwlCrate Jr. box is WEATHER THE STORM!
Included in the box is an information card.
Everything in the January OwlCrate JR. box!
Included in the box is a mini magazine.
It features an interview of the author for this month’s book, Catherine Doyle. Knowing what inspired the author to pen a story can help children understand the book better.
Beyond The Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk ($11.89)
A Snicker Of Magic by Natalie Lloyd ($16.19)
There is also a page that teaches kids a little experiment on how to make a rain cloud in a jar. This is a nice science activity that they can do during their free time. As for the opposite page, it features a short interview with the artist Melanie Demmer where she has given insights on how to get started as an artist.
If your kid wants to join the Photo Challenge, the mechanics are found on this page. They also provided the theme for next month’s OwlCrate Jr. box.
There is Magic in Memory Pin. We love the pins from Owl Crate, and this month it features a quote related to the featured book.
There is magic in memory.
Riddle’s Tea Shoppe Storm’s A Brewin’ Tea – Vanilla Strawberry Sweet Cake. Riddle’s Tea Shoppe has created an exclusive tea for OwlCrate. Vanilla strawberry sweet cake sounds interesting!
This newest concoction from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe is blended with decaf Ceylon tea, natural vanilla flavor, natural almond flavor, marigold flowers, rooibos tea, natural strawberry flavor, strawberries, and raspberry leaves. You only need a teaspoon per cup so we’ll get a few brews out of this. A fun hot beverage for little readers!
Wizard of Oz Vinyl Decal. The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic which has been captured perfectly in this vinyl decal. The emerald city the whirlwind, everything is spot on! You can put it on your notebook, laptop, or just anywhere you want to be reminded of The Wizard of Oz.
Cloudspotting Notebook ($8.95) We’ve received all sorts of notebooks before, but cloud-spotting notebook is quite new to us.
The notebook is printed in China.
The inside of the notebook has a space where you can write your name, address, and a bit of trivia on the clouds that you’ll see up in the sky. The pages are designed as a scientific journal that helps promote observation in children.
It also comes with basic cloud symbols, nomenclatures, and weather symbols.
They even featured the different types of clouds that we can see on various days. This chart will prove helpful too as my kids complete this notebook. They’re eager to go out to see what cloud formations we have today!
This month’s featured book is The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle. We got it with the author’s signature and a small poster.
Catherine Doyle’s signature is on a small sticker for placing inside the book.
The black and white version of the book’s cover looks interesting too. This poster can be put up on your kid’s wall or on your home library!
On the back is a letter penned by Catherine herself to give you a bit of background on the story.
Fionn Boyle comes from a long line of brave seafarers, people with the ocean behind their eyes. But he can’t help but fear the open sea. For years, Fionn’s mother has told him stories of Arranmore Island, a strange place that seems to haunt her. Fionn has always wondered about this mysterious island, and from the day he arrives he starts noticing things that can’t be explained. He can sense the island all around him, and it feels like the island is watching him, too.
Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for his grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. But as Fionn and the other descendants of Arranmore’s most powerful families fight to become the island’s next champion, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling a long-ago war and changing Fionn’s life and the island’s future forever.
It’s a story filled with adventure and one that will keep the reader on their toes. A magical place that is as old as time, Storm Keeper’s Island looks like it’s going to take its readers to the ups and downs and dizzying turns of magic and life itself with every turn of the page. Even the critics were all praises for this book!
You’ll find a short preview of what to expect in this story written on the dust jacket, and it seems that there is more to Fionn than meets the eye.
Aside from the fun and engaging adventure, it also imparts a lesson or two about the importance of family.
There are no illustrations, but the story is detailed enough for kids to be able to visualize the setting and the characters.
Tornado Tube – SIMILAR ($5.99) We also got a tube that can recreate a tornado action.
The instructions on how to make your own tornado are found at the back of the pack. For this experiment, you will need two plastic soda bottles. Fill one with 2/3 water then attach the tornado tube before attaching the other plastic bottle. Follow the instructions indicated to see a tornado in action. This is an interesting experiment for young kids to know more about how tornados work.
The tornado tube allows two bottles to attach at opposite ends. This creates a tornado effect when there is the presence of air. It’s totally rad – we just did this in a Girls Can Crate – check it out!
Cloud Umbrella. What better way to stay protected from rain than this light blue umbrella? It’s foldable so it can be easily stashed into your kid’s bag.
Still in line with the theme, the umbrella features cute cloud drawings on it.
There are different styles of clouds featured.
Even the drawings are in white, they’re still noticeable on the light blue background.
There was also a lighthouse button pin that wasn’t in our box. We reached to Owlcrate and they sent a replacement ASAP, but whoops! It was the wrong button. The correct one
is on its way was delivered 1 minute after we posted this review!
There is an information card containing a sneak peek for next month’s box. February Owl Crate Jr. theme is Lost and Found!
We can’t wait to see next month’s collection as it promises a story of being lost, being found, and the unique relationship of siblings.
This month’s OwlCrate Jr. took us to an incredible journey of magic and science with chances of experimenting with making tornados, rain clouds, and a whole lot more. The featured book, The Storm Keeper’s Island, easily captured the interest of my kids. It’s a great subscription because it doesn’t just focus on the book. It also includes related extras that make the box a holistic experience.
What did you think of the Owl Crate Jr. box this month?