Review: The Happy Book Club

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. Whether it’s a trashy novel or the latest crime thriller, there’s nothing more relaxing for me than snuggling in a corner and immersing myself in a new world. It’s that little bit of escapism I need after a long day. That passion for reading is something I’m keen to pass on to my boy, it’s important to me that he shares that love of books and so far, it seems to be working. He’s obsessed. We’re constantly on the look out for new stories because the minute we get to the end of a book, he wants to start it over again. So trust me, changing books frequently is key to sanity. That’s where The Happy Book Club comes in…

The Happy Book Club Review

The Happy Book Club

The Happy Book Club is a children’s book subscription service set up by two teachers, Matt and Adele, following the birth of their daughter. They wanted to create a culture where books are both cool and a critical part of family life. Like us, reading as a family, is the best part of their day. With that in mind, they decided to set up The Happy Book Club. Each month, a fresh package pops through your letterbox based around a theme and including two carefully selected books and an activities sheet. If you fancy knowing a little more in advance what’s coming, just select one of the one off packages; bedtime or dinosaur themed!

The Happy Book Club Review

Our Package

At the start of June, a healthy thud on the doormat told me that our subscription had arrived. Inside the outer packaging was a beautifully wrapped brown paper parcel tied with string; something which gave us almost as much entertainment as what was inside! With a little careful supervision, we eventually managed to get past the allure of wrapping paper and check out our package.

The theme for this month has been discovery and as part of that we’ve received two books; Immi by Karen Littlewood and The Something by Rebecca Cobb. Neither of the books were ones we’d heard of before which was great and we’ve got a couple multiples of the ‘classic’ children’s books already. Our activities sheet came complete with a magnifying glass for exploring creepy crawlies in the garden as well as some top tips for other ways to get our little one discovering new senses, textures and experiences (including Geocaching which I really want to try!).

The Happy Book Club Review

Would We Buy It?

I actually really enjoyed both of the books. They’re a little old for our son at 13 months but we spent a lot of time pointing out bits in the illustrations which are big and plentiful. Both tales were about holes in some form and what happened down them; Immi covers the tale of a girl fishing through the ice and The Something is about a boy who loses his ball down a hole in the garden. They’re both things I think would capture a slightly older child’s imagination well and aren’t books that we would have otherwise picked.

Packages from The Happy Book Club start at £15.99 for a one off purchase and go up to £159.99 for a twelve month subscription. On their own, these two books would cost £19 so there is a significant saving, especially when you consider free delivery, the activities sheet and the magnifying glass. That said, I do still think it’s a little on the expensive side for most people to have monthly. In my opinion, it’s a perfect gift purchase. I love subscription gifts because they keep going after your birthday/christmas/christening and a three month package at £44.95 fits the bill nicely!

Overall, it’s a great concept and one I hope sticks around for a long time. I couldn’t agree more with The Happy Book Club; books are a critical part of growing up. Oh and of course they’re cool too!

To find out more about The Happy Book Club and the packages they offer, visit their website.

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We were sent a free months subscription in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and cute child photos are, as ever, all mine.

10 Comments

  1. 21st June 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I love the idea of a book subscription. I used one when my eldest was a baby and now my youngest reads the books a good 15 years later, so it’s been excellent value for money. I couldn’t justify the cost over a year but I like the idea of either a 1 off or 3 month subscription.

    • DevonMamaOnline
      23rd June 2017 / 11:27 am

      It IS expensive but I think it’s a great gift idea! Thats the thing, books last for SUCH a long time and they never go out of fashion!

  2. 21st June 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Such a great subscription service! I love these books- so beautiful and a great addition to any collection. I think it’s a great gift idea as well. Something totally different. How often do we end up with multiples of the same present?

    • DevonMamaOnline
      23rd June 2017 / 11:33 am

      Exactly – we had FOUR copies of ‘Dear Zoo’!!!! I would never have chosen the ones we were sent and yet they’re beautiful books with absolutely gorgeous illustrations that keep both of us entertained!

  3. 22nd June 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I love the idea of getting books through the post!

    • DevonMamaOnline
      23rd June 2017 / 11:25 am

      It’s a lovely idea isn’t it!

  4. 22nd June 2017 / 12:48 pm

    We are big book readers. We love to read at least 3/4 books a night! My daughters choice lol! And sometimes it’s difficult to get to the bookstore to purchase new ones, but something like this is fab and a great saving too.

    • DevonMamaOnline
      23rd June 2017 / 11:26 am

      I think we’re going to end up with a bookworm as well, I just wish I could get him to want 3 or 4 different books a night… we have to read the same one OVER AND OVER

  5. 25th June 2017 / 7:46 am

    Oh such a lovely idea, my daughters love receiving things in the post the would de so excited to see some new books arrive! I might get a night off reading the same books over and over again too

    • DevonMamaOnline
      25th June 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Ha! It’s hard work going through the same ones isn’t it?! I feel like I could read them with my eyes closed so it’s lovely to have a different selection arrive with minimal effort from me!

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