The Problim Children

The Problim Children

When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings and their pet pig have no choice but to move into their Grandpa’s abandoned old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift.Wendell and Thea—twins born two minutes apart on a Wednesday and a Thursday—see the move as a chance to make ne...

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Title:The Problim Children
Author:Natalie Lloyd
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The Problim Children Reviews

  • Michele Knott

    You know 2018 is going to be a great reading year when you have a new Natalie Lloyd book to look forward to!

  • Laura Noakes

    LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. As per usual with Natalie's books, it was quirky and fabulous and full of heart. I read this in a day. That's how good it was. A really fun adventure with a cast of characters that you will instantly fall in love with. I am VERY excited for book #2!

  • Janet Slipak

    From the New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary comes a new middle grade series about seven strange siblings all born on a different day of the week and the neighbors who keep trying to tear their family apart.

    Wendell and Thea—twins born two minutes apart on a Wednesday and a Thursday—see the move as a chance to make new friends in time for their birthday cake smash. But the neighbors find the Problims’ return problematic—what with Sal’s foggy garden

    From the New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary comes a new middle grade series about seven strange siblings all born on a different day of the week and the neighbors who keep trying to tear their family apart.

    Wendell and Thea—twins born two minutes apart on a Wednesday and a Thursday—see the move as a chance to make new friends in time for their birthday cake smash. But the neighbors find the Problims’ return problematic—what with Sal’s foggy garden full of Wrangling Ivy, toddler Toot’s 365 stanktastic fart varieties, and Mona’s human catapult.

    Truth be told, rumors are flying about the Problims! Rumors of a bitter feud, a treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. And the neighbors will do anything to get their hands on those secrets—including sending the Problim children to seven different homes on seven different continents!

    With a snicker of Lemony Snicket, a dollop of the Addams Family, and a healthy dose of charm, The Problim Children is an unforgettable tale about adventure, family, and finding the courage to tackle any problem heart-first.

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    MY BOOK REVIEW!

    My thanks to Harper Collins for this ARC to review and leave my honest review!

    This is such a fun book! The characters, the Problim kids, are unique, mischievous, adventurous and so lovable.  For this book, Thea and Wendell, the twins, seem to be the focus, although you do get to know the other children as the book progresses.

    The villain reminds me of Cruella De Vil without the colorful hair. Instead of hating dogs, the villain in Lloyd’s book hates the Problims. You’ll have to read why.

    There’s something mysterious about the home the Problim children inherited from their grandfather.  In fact, the whole story behind their grandfather, the house, their parents is so intriguing you want to keep reading in order to discover what’s going on.

    I found myself eagerly reading to discover what the Problim children were getting into next. Their ability to land in trouble and how they work their way out of it, is amusing. The characters develop nicely as the story progresses. The plot moves along with surprising twists and turns that keep the story steadily heading toward the climax at a great pace.  I love the author’s voice.  The Problim Children  is a quick read.  I recommend this book, because it’s perfect for all middle-graders (and adults) out there! I can’t wait for the next book of the series!

  • Donalyn

    I loved everything about this book, but the ending seemed abrupt. Looking forward to the sequel, so the main plot line is resolved.

  • Marie

    This quirky, endearing, magical middle grade book is about 7 siblings whose house on a swamp suddenly explodes. They must come up with a plan as their parents are unreachable on an archaeological site in Angorra. Through songs, they remember a box that was buried in the yard which contains a deed to their grandfather’s mansion. Their grandfather has been missing and presumed deceased for 7 years. Before disappearing he visited them often, however, they have never been to his mansion which is onl

    This quirky, endearing, magical middle grade book is about 7 siblings whose house on a swamp suddenly explodes. They must come up with a plan as their parents are unreachable on an archaeological site in Angorra. Through songs, they remember a box that was buried in the yard which contains a deed to their grandfather’s mansion. Their grandfather has been missing and presumed deceased for 7 years. Before disappearing he visited them often, however, they have never been to his mansion which is only 7 miles from where they live. The Problim children arrive in Lost Cove to claim his house just as the mayor is about to put the Problim mansion up for auction with one very eager buyer, a Desdemona O’Pinion.

    Upon arriving in Lost Cove, Desdemona O’Pinion threatens to split up the 7 siblings and send them each to a different continent as they have no documentation to prove who they are. She has even formed the Society for the Protection of Unwanted Children who are ready to take the children away. The children are given one month to either provide legal documentation that they are the Problim children or their parents must arrive. In the meantime they are allowed to stay in the mansion. They spend this time trying to work out clues from a rhyme that was also left behind for them by their grandfather. They also try to befriend the neighbors who seem both afraid and intrigued by them.

    These Problim children had no idea they were magical or different until moving into Frank Problim’s mansion. The circus spiders carrying rumors, the fog surrounding their home in the shape of animals and objects, and the countless other anomalies that are part of the Problim’s daily life have never seemed extraordinary until now. The book will entrance and delight readers. There are riddles and mysteries to solve aplenty. There are characters to love and cheer for. The book is full of interesting characters whose names are clues to their personalities. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving the reader awaiting a sequel… I’m guessing there might be 7 in this series.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    The seven Problim children, all born on different days of the week, manage to blow up their house in the woods. Since their parents are archaeologists who are away for work, 16 year old Sundae is watching them and in charge, which is a good thing since the emergency phone is buried. Luckily, they have a deed to their grandfather's house in town, and head there. The lawyer thinks it's find that they move in, but a neighbor, Desdemona O'Pinion, wants the house for her own,

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    The seven Problim children, all born on different days of the week, manage to blow up their house in the woods. Since their parents are archaeologists who are away for work, 16 year old Sundae is watching them and in charge, which is a good thing since the emergency phone is buried. Luckily, they have a deed to their grandfather's house in town, and head there. The lawyer thinks it's find that they move in, but a neighbor, Desdemona O'Pinion, wants the house for her own, since she believes it is hiding a treasure. The children, as well as their pet pig, cause a lot of ruckus in their new situation, which makes Desdemona want them out all the more. The children, however, believe that they are meant to be in the house, and set out to investigate the mysteries of it themselves. This is a fantasy book, as it involves somewhat sentient purple squirrels with silver tails, as well as spiders with some powers.

    Strengths: Fans of Lloyd's A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary, as well as readers who enjoy books like Lemony Snicket and Sieble's The Trouble with Twins, will enjoy this improbably, quirky adventure. Julia Sarda's line drawings add another layer of oddness to the story. (Her work looks like Joe and Beth Krush raised her, but Edward Gorey babysat her on a daily basis.)

    Weaknesses: The catalog of the baby's farts pushed this over the edge for me. It's fine that they are particularly odoriferous, but it's too much to believe that the siblings not only categorized them, but numbered over 200 of them according to the events which precipitated them. There was also a preponderance of overly quirky names, and the whole premise seemed implausible.

    What I really think: There will be many people who like this book. Lloyd is just one of those authors whose work never appeals to me, and I cringed every time the name "Problim" was used.

  • Pop Bop

    The Fine Line Between Love and Hate

    This is a classic "close knit family of siblings threatened by outside forces" book, but crossed with a slightly fey magical realism style that can delight and grate in equal measure. You know, sometimes you can press a book into someone's hands and enthusiastically urge them to give it a try. And sometimes you close a book, sigh, and walk away. This book struck me as more plus than minus, but at lots of places it walks a very narrow line.

    The setup is that we h

    The Fine Line Between Love and Hate

    This is a classic "close knit family of siblings threatened by outside forces" book, but crossed with a slightly fey magical realism style that can delight and grate in equal measure. You know, sometimes you can press a book into someone's hands and enthusiastically urge them to give it a try. And sometimes you close a book, sigh, and walk away. This book struck me as more plus than minus, but at lots of places it walks a very narrow line.

    The setup is that we have seven siblings. Each was born on a different day, is named after the day, (Mona, Sundae), and has the attributes of the children from that old folk poem, ("Monday's child is fair of face..."). So far so good. The kids are living alone, (the eldest, Sundae, is 16), because their parents are off on some magical adventure/quest. Then their house blows up and they have to leave their cozy hidden homestead in the mystical woods and move into the shuttered house of their absent grandfather, which is an unwelcome eyesore in the middle of an uptight and unfriendly town. The siblings are threatened and stink-eyed by an evil neighbor and her gang of nasty pals, even though the kids are goodnatured and fun loving. Again, so far so good.

    The thing is, though, that the clever and magical angle, at the start, is unrelenting. You don't have spiders, you have circus spiders. You don't have a squirrel watching the action, you have a robot squirrel. The Tuesday child doesn't speak, he just unleashes one of over 200 different farts, each of which has a different meaning. There's a pet pig. At some point this feels like a dessert made entirely of sugar and you start to get a little queasy.

    Happily, once the kids move into grandpa's house they settle down and a plot, (a search for grandpa's secret), starts to form. Also, while the neighbor adults are all pills the neighbor kids, who are at least relatively normal, start to come around. This dilutes the antic excess of the Problim children and gives the plot, and the book, some direction.

    The upshot for me was that this was interesting but sort of exhausting. It's the first book in a trilogy and everything is left hanging at the end so if you are a reader who requires closure be aware that you're signing up for a three book deal.

    (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Eva

    this book was like...if the boxcar children were clinically insane and also there was a random extra boxcar child who randomly tried to kill the other ones and also whoever else happens to be around. (no one seems the least bit concerned about this.) also, a fart joke LITERALLY every page and '' ' lessons ' ''' about family and living 'heart first'.

    this book can't seem to make up it's mind whether or not it wants to be a zany, off the wall, quirky feel-good adventure or an actual mystery with a

    this book was like...if the boxcar children were clinically insane and also there was a random extra boxcar child who randomly tried to kill the other ones and also whoever else happens to be around. (no one seems the least bit concerned about this.) also, a fart joke LITERALLY every page and '' ' lessons ' ''' about family and living 'heart first'.

    this book can't seem to make up it's mind whether or not it wants to be a zany, off the wall, quirky feel-good adventure or an actual mystery with a point to it and a dark undertone, and the plot and tone definitely suffer for it.

  • Kateryna

    This is a story about seven Problim children, all born on different days of the week, managing to live on their own because their parents are off on some adventure. I found the story to be extremely boring. There was somehow no or very little plot, it was just a set-up for the next books in the series. There was no resolution, everything was left hanging at the end. Too many characters made it hard to keep track of them all, and I never did get any good idea of each kid. I went 3/4 of the way th

    This is a story about seven Problim children, all born on different days of the week, managing to live on their own because their parents are off on some adventure. I found the story to be extremely boring. There was somehow no or very little plot, it was just a set-up for the next books in the series. There was no resolution, everything was left hanging at the end. Too many characters made it hard to keep track of them all, and I never did get any good idea of each kid. I went 3/4 of the way through, and started skipping pages to the end. Massive disappointment.

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