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.
DEAL: Save 10% on your first 1, 3 or 6-month subscription or gift with the promo code JRCRATEJOY at checkout.
The doodles on the box are adorable!
When you open the box, the inner flap has a guide to unboxing your crate!
The items were covered with white squiggles.
Included in the box is an information card. The theme for the April 2019 OwlCrate Jr. box is CRACK THE CODE!
Everything in the April OwlCrate JR. box!
They also included an adorable mini magazine!
Of course, the mini-magazine includes an author interview! This month’s featured author is Margaret Peterson Haddix. Knowing what inspired the author to pen a story can help children understand the book better.
They also suggested some titles for further reading, especially if you love this month’s book:
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle ($12.41)
- Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein ($7.19)
- Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix ($8.55)
It has fun activities for kids, like this one where we will be cracking a code! The other page has a feature, where they interviewed 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.
At the back of the mini magazine is an announcement about Owl Crate Jr.’s new logo!
Button Pin. The button pin shows how you can crack a code!
A Wrinkle In Time Bookmark by Hey Atlas Creative. This adorable bookmark features a very nice quote from the science fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time.
Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.
This crate also includes materials in making your own cipher wheel!
The easy to follow instructions can be found inside the mini magazine!
Notebook. In solving mysteries, a notebook where you can write down evidence or decode symbols is a must!
The back of the notebook features Owl Crate Jr.’s new logo.
The pages are all lined so you can write neatly on them.
Kanoodle Puzzle Game ($11.77) You can do 2D and 3D puzzles using this brain-twisting solitaire game!
The pack contains 12 puzzle pieces and a 48-page full-color puzzle book.
The puzzle came in a black, sturdy carrying case.
The top lid of the case has the legend for the puzzle pieces.
The game challenges spatial reasoning skills, plus it enhances critical thinking skills.
The kit even explains the puzzle levels and describes its difficulty.
It came complete with instructions!
This level 2 Super Pro can still be played by kids, especially those who have mastered level 1!
There are lots of puzzles that you can do and master! It will surely keep us entertained for a long time!
What makes you you?
The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.
But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers?
Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.
The author has some notes for us, and even left us a mystery message!
Here’s the small plate that contains the author’s signature!
Even the cover of the book has an air of mystery on it.
The back of the book features some comments and short reviews about how exciting the story is.
The story is about family and friendship, and how the kids will reveal some of the secrets that will turn their world upside down!
The book is like a puzzle, with lots of mysteries to solve!
It is filled with suspense that will leave the readers hanging on to the edge of their seats! Just when you thought that you already guessed what’s next, there’ll be sudden twists that make it more exciting!
There’s a puzzler that will also test the kids’ mental wits!
The other side features a code that you can crack using the code key located at the bottom.
A handy, paperback book, packed with puzzles, games and activities that will put children?s powers of logic to the test. The puzzles include breaking a castle code using patterns on different shields, drawing impossible shapes and lots of mind-bending riddles. Full of colorful illustrations and space to draw, color and complete the different activities, this book is ideal for keeping children busy over long journeys and other quiet times. Includes answers at the back of the book so children can play alone or with a friend.
If you really love solving more puzzles, here’s a book full of those!
The pages are all colorful, and every puzzle is unique!
The theme for next month is Rebels and Rule Breakers!
I think we are going to break some rules next month with the upcoming box!
This month’s theme is really interesting and engaging! My kids love solving mysteries and puzzles, so it was really a hit! They enjoyed all the items, most especially the featured book and the puzzle book. My little detectives love the twists and turns of the story, and it even started a good discussion on what really happened and their opinion on it. We love this box as it provides more fun for the whole family and new titles that we can add to our shelves!
What did you think of the Owl Crate Jr. box this month?