The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd

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 new friends in time for their birthday cake smash. But the neighbors ...

Details The Problim Children

TitleThe Problim Children
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery, Juvenile

Reviews The Problim Children

  • Donalyn
    I loved everything about this book, but the ending seemed abrupt. Looking forward to the sequel, so the main plot line is resolved.
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThe 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...
  • 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, quir...
  • 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!
  • Pop Bop
    The Fine Line Between Love and HateThis 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 ...
  • 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 Pro...
  • Jana
    I had the opportunity to read an Advanced copy of this book that was shared with me by my #BookRelays group. I loved Natalie Lloyd’s book, A Snicker of Magic, so I was excited to get a chance to read her latest middle grade novel. This book is the first in a series that follows the treasure-hunting adventures of a peculiar family of seven siblings. Each child was born on a different day of the week, and has a unique personality to match their b...
  • Patty
    The Problim ChildrenByNatalie LloydWhat it's all about...Oh my...there are seven Problim children happily living in their swampy house in the swampy woods until it blows up. The children are alone...Sundae...the in charge and each Problim has a special skill. Oh...Toot...the baby...has a flatulence problem. So...after the swampy explosion they are off to the next town to live in their grandfather’s house...little did they know just ...
  • Kristin
    Natalie's books are always so sweet and charming! I love the worlds she creates and her quirky characters. This one was no exception. After a little confusion at the very beginning because of how nonchalant the children were about their house being blown up, I quickly got sucked into the story. I loved the emphasis on family (though at first I had a little trouble keeping all the kids straight!). The mystery is intriguing and even though it isn't...
  • Julie Kirchner
    This book started a bit slow for me. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and I wasn’t as drawn to the story as I’ve been by Natalie Lloyd’s other books. But as I got further along, I couldn’t wait to read each chapter. Loved these seven Problim children with their special abilities, their quirky charms, and their love for each other. I’m betting my kids will think the classified toots are hilarious and the way the Problim ...
  • Andrea
    Totally unexpected beginning, and I thought I didn't like it at first. But as the story unfolds, it has the quintessential quirk of Natalie Lloyd and my love for this book bloomed like one of Toot's farts. I can't wait to read the next one! If you haven't fallen in love with Lloyd's prose and wordsmithing, you will.
  • Christina
    This was an entertaining story and I enjoyed getting to know the seven siblings. I’m not a big fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events (I need closure!), and this was much more cheery and fun in my opinion. I found baby Toot and his fart communication hilarious. Call me a fart-humor lover. Even with its quirkiness, there were deeper layers. Thea especially explored those layers. Twins with Wendell, she has to think about who she could be, all on ...
  • Sarah Sammis
    The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd is the start of a new middle grade series about seven children, each named for and born on a different day of the week. As their parents are super special archeologists, they spend a lot of time at home alone.The children live in a house behind a bunch of magical fog, away from society where they are their own mini community. That is until the end of chapter one when one of them accidentally blows up the hous...
  • Wendy MacKnight
    A delightful, quirky, clever story of family, friendship and the quirkiest cast of creatures and ne’er do wells I’ve read in awhile. Fun and can’t wait for book 2!
  • Samantha Fraenkel
    3.5 / 5While I didn't enjoy this as much as Natalie Lloyd's previous two novels, The Problim Children is still a solid middle grade novel! Full of humour, heart, and mystery, this is definitely one to check out if you are a fan of Lemony Snicker or The Mysterious Benedict Society.
  • Brenda
    Originally posted at Log Cabin Library The seven Problim children's names and character traits come from a rhyme about which day of the week they were born on. "Monday's child is fair of face (Mona), Tuesday's child is full of grace (Toot), Wednesday's child is full of woe (Wendell), Thursday's child has far to go (Thea), Friday's child is loving and giving (Frida), Saturday's child works hard for a living (Sal) but the child who's born on the Sa...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Seven siblings, working together with their different if odd talents, using creative problem solving, and solving problems...wonderful!It's a bit of an odd setup with the seven kids being left to their own devices while their parents are off on an archeological expedition. When their house deep in the swamp somehow collapses, they pull together and decide to go to their dead grandfather's house in a small town called Lost Cove. The problems of th...
  • Mrs. Hornick
    7’s are all about society. The weeks are 7 days long. Addresses, phone numbers, student identification, and birthdays. They are widely ignored, except when they bare bad luck. The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd is about a group of 7 children that live alone in the swamp. There is a child for each day. Sunday, the oldest, was born on Sunday. Then there is Mona, the Monday child, who is always mischievous and evil. Toot, the Tuesday child, has...
  • Amber Webb
    The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd was a well-written story about family, mystery and adventure. Seven children each born on a different day of the week take on certain roles in the family currently being cared for by their oldest sister, Sundae. Each child has unique characteristics and jobs within the family. When a disaster "falls" upon them, they must really work together to solve the riddle presented to them and stay together as a family....
  • Cornmaven
    So, so, so disappointed! I loved Lloyd's other books, and was looking forward to this one. But, alas, I just could not love or even like it. I went 3/4 of the way through, but it was torture.What I did like: The family names Problim, O'Pinion, and the connection to the rhyme about when children are born and the characteristics they will take on.What I didn't like: The disjointedness of the story line. It seemed just, well, crazy. And intentionall...
  • Angie Simmonds
    The Problim Children live alone in a Swamptastic house. Their parents are off exploring and their grandfather is dead. The seven children are all named after the day of the week they were born on. Mona was born on Monday, Toots on Tuesday, Wendell on Wednesday, his twin sister Theo was born a little later on a Thursday, Frida on Friday, Sal on Saturday and Sundae on Sunday of course! There's also Ichabod the pig, but he doesn't really count. One ...
  • Paula
    I love Natalie Lloyd's writing style; it is whimsical, yet sentimental and fast paced. She creates such memorable characters and this book is no different. We meet the 7 Problim children (twins Thea and Wendell, Frida, Sal, Sundae, Mona, and baby Toot) first living in the Swampy Woods, but when their house suddently explodes they move into their grandpa's abandoned mansion in Lost Cove. There the people eye them suspiciously, thanks to the crotch...
  • Anna
    I really enjoyed this fantasy story by Natalie Lloyd! I am currently 2 for 2 with Natalie Lloyd books, as I also really enjoyed Snicker of Magic which came out in 2015 (I still have to read The Key to Extraordinary which came out last year). It took a few chapters before I was able to keep all seven Problim children straight, but there is a handy list of who is who at the beginning of the book that I used until I had them all figured out. Otherwi...
  • Anna Laprade
    This book was a pretty quick, easy read, but I did find it slow at times. Maybe it was difficult because it was so similar to so many other books in it’s genre, that genre being juvenile fiction series about orphaned or semi-orphaned children attempting to solve mysteries and thwart evil adults in their lives. This book wasn’t as good as The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I personally enjoyed the most. It was about level with Lemony Snick...
  • Patricia Tilton
    The Problim Children is a thrilling read packed with a lot of kid appeal. Readers will be happy to know it is the first of three books in the series. It is a boisterous and rollicking ride through a wild and wacky world that is magical from the start. The children bring with them circus spiders, a purple robotic squirrel and a pet pig, Ichabod. Lloyd is a master with clever wordplay, rhymes and clues. Her writing is lyrical and her voice is origi...
  • Lizzy
    Charming adventure filled with quirky characters, mystery, farts that express emotion, and a nice dose of whimsy. The seven Problim children are special (and maybe a touch magical?), each had a very distinctive personality and the story plays to each one. They must discover a missing treasure that their grandfather discovered and then hid. They must find the clues that lead to the treasure in the majestic and quirky family mansion before villaino...
  • Sarah
    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss. The Problims are one awesome wacky family. The seven Problim children were each born on a different day of the week and have been sung the nursery rhyme about the seven days since they were born. When there house in the swamp collapses, they are forced to move to their grandfather's house in town. Their nasty next door neighbor is looking for the mysterious Problim treasure and wants the kids out of t...
  • Lisa
    This book has a winning combination - a quirky family, seven siblings each born on a different day of the week, an evil villainess, and some fun and magic. The Problim Children have returned to House Number Seven in Lost Cove just before it was to be auctioned off. The house is rightfully theirs, but they must prove it. Their neighbor, Desdemona O'pinion, wants the Problim Children out of the house because she believes there is a treasure in ther...
  • Tirzah
    Similar to Natalie Lloyd's other novels, The Problim Children is a zany, adventurous read with worthwhile lessons. I especially enjoyed Violet's lesson of focusing on what you can do rather than on what you cannot do. I was not a fan of Toot's constant flatulence; I understand this was included for comedic effect but it seems like every film/book geared towards children these days is including that bodily function, which gets old fast. Young read...