Once Upon a Book Club, Part 1

Jamie got me a Once Upon a Book Club box for my birthday last month. I chose the Body Positive box featuring If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy.

It came with all sorts of fun stuff including a letter from the author talking about why she wrote the book, her inspiration, etc.

It came with three wrapped gifts and post-its inside the book reminding me when to open each one. So much fun, right? If the Shoe Fits is on my TBR for May so hopefully I’ll get to it before the end of the month.

Storyland Idol

A couple weeks ago Zeke played the part of the Monster in his first play, Storyland Idol. He made such a cute little monster.

The kids did absolutely amazing especially considering they are just kindergarten through fifth graders.

Every kid got a medal to take home with them. Zeke was so proud of his because it represented lots of hard work.

They’ve been practicing since January once a week after school. As much of a pain as it was to go back to the school an hour later to get him, it was totally worth it.

He worked nearly every day to learn his lines and knew his cues and where to go and what to do during each part of the play.

He’s thinking he’d like to do more plays in the future since this one was so fun for him! Now he’s not just a dance kid, he’s a theater kid, too.

April Literati Box

Adrian’s ninth Literati box arrived a few weeks ago (see boxes onetwo, threefourfivesix, seven, and eight). We kept all five again this month.

This month’s theme was Embrace the Wild. Look at all those gorgeous greens! In addition to the art and bookmark, it came with a Mad Libs and and an origami kit.

The origami kit has some really pretty colors. The directions seem to be pretty easy to follow. Quite a fun addition to the books.

The books this month were Very Bad People by Kit Frick, How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff, Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch, Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, and Forgotten City by Michael Ford.

April Owlcrate Box

April’s theme for our Owlcrate box was Peek Behind the Curtain. As soon as I opened the box I could see the colors were gorgeous.

The book is Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor. Her letter explains where she got the ideas for what she wrote. It sounds like a super fun book!

The printing on the book with the lock and key theme is really pretty as are the endpapers. The book is signed by the author, too, of course. The reverse side of the dust jacket is truly lovely. What an amazing picture!

The box included all sorts of fun book-themed stuff. There was some ground coffee that’s chocolate eclair flavor (I hate the smell of coffee, but this smelled really good). Ani took that home with her. Then there was a wax seal kit I can’t wait to use.

Look at that beautiful design on the stamp and the gorgeous pink wax.

There was a microwave popcorn maker. Just add kernels and fold the flaps down and pop it in the microwave. Ani claimed that. The clock is so pretty as is the mouse pad. Ani took those home with her as well. I always get the luggage tag pin.

I put the luggage tag pin right on my backpack. Ani went home and made herself some popcorn and a cup of the coffee (and then immediately started shopping for more flavors because it was so good).