A yellow Once Upon a Book Club box is at the top of the image. In front of the box are a coloring page, book-shaped sticker, bookmark, yellow box, hardcover edition of Winston Chu vs the Whimsies, red envelope, teal drawstring bag, and book flyer. The boxes and bags all have page numbers.
A hardcover edition of Winston Chu vs the Whimsies is on a yellow Once Upon a Book Club box. In front of the box are a teal drawstring bag, red envelope, and yellow box. The boxes and bags all have page numbers.

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Our April 2023 Middle Grade box features Winston Chu vs the Whimsies by Stacey Lee plus 3 gifts that bring this book to LIFE!!

How It Works!
  1. Start reading your monthly book! Each box includes an exciting new read and your experience begins the moment you turn to page one.
  2. As you read, you'll find "Open Your Gift" sticky notes! Unwrap the gift with the matching page number and experience the book coming to life before your eyes!
  3. Chat about your reading experience with readers around the globe! Our private Facebook group is the perfect place to meet dedicated readers like you!

About the Book

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Stacey Lee's modern reimagining of a classic Chinese folktale—replete with magic, boba, and lots of trash talking.

Twelve-year-old Winston Chu is supposed to learn impulse control at the cooking academy his mom enrolled him in. But learning to think before he acts won’t happen overnight.

While skateboarding home with a pie in hand, Winston inadvertently stops a robbery at Mr. Pang’s Whimsies, an oddities shop in Chinatown. As a reward, Mr. Pang invites Winston to choose any item in the store. But the strange old man warns Winston to browse carefully, for the first thing Winston touches will be the thing he gets. Before Winston can decide, a magpie flies under a shelf, and he impulsively grabs an old broom to sweep it out.

Mr. Pang hands him the broom, along with a dustpan. “Two for one. Congratulations.”

Deflated, Winston returns home, determined to put the broom incident behind him. Or at least in the closet. But when some of his most beloved possessions go missing, all Winston can think about are the broom and dustpan. Did they somehow take his stuff? And what—or who—will they dispose of next?

It’s time to break into Mr. Pang’s Whimsies, where clearly there’s more going on than meets the far-seeing eyeball. It’s time to fight magic with magic. And this time, Winston better have a plan.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Nicole H.

It was a really nice book for me, For me it seemed magical how the gifts interlock with the story. I would suggest this book for adventure filled readers with there minds full of amazing gifts and the quite amazing story line of this beautiful book of magic and wonder.


I am currently reading this book with my class! My students can’t wait until we reach the first gift!!

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