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

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 Howard

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!!

Book Clubber Testimonials


I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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