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The Problim Children

(The Problim Children #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  766 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved everything about this book, but the ending seemed abrupt. Looking forward to the sequel, so the main plot line is resolved.
Joey T
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
We’re just gonna go right to the review 👉


Seven Problim children. Seven characters. You think it would be suuuuper confusing to keep them all straight. But no! It was so refreshing to find that each one was clearly distinguishable and all had different enough personalities to make clear distinctions.

Family bonds. I have seven siblings. No, we aren’t as crazy as the Problims. But still. This was seeet. I liked the siblings, and how they fought at times, but ultimately they were there for eac
Ms. Yingling
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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,
Book Hunter
May 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
J.L. Slipak
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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 birth day.

When disaster strikes their home in the sw
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Shaye Miller
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of the seven Problim siblings, each born on a different day of the week: Sundae (Sunday), Mona (Monday), Toot (Tuesday), the twins Wendell (Wednesday) and Thea (Thursday), Frida (Friday), and Sal (Saturday). Their parents are brilliant archaeologists who have raised their children to be independent, open-minded, and free-range learners. This means that while mom and dad are away on an important dig, their children are unschooled, solving problems on their own with only their ol ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Problim Children
Natalie Lloyd

What 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 how unwelcome they would be there. The loudest mouth
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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 completely solved here (this is the first in a tr ...more
Julie Kirchner
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 children know how to have fun will make students wish they h ...more
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 her own, while Wendell seems to be less interested i
Ariel Jensen
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
An even worse version of Series of Unfortunate Events, plus toot jokes on every page. Too many ongoing unnecessary themes to drive the story forward (characters based on week days, elements of nature, special abilities, etc.), without actually developing an interesting or cohesive plot line.
Wendy MacKnight
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
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!
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 house. In the rubble they find the deed to their grand
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize when we began this story that it was a brand new book. My daughters and I are both anxious to continue the story and we will NOT be patiently waiting for the rest of the series!
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy cliffhanger!!!!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Samantha Fraenkel
3.5 / 5

While 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.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-cybils
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 Sabbath day is good and wise in every way (Sundae)."
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It's a "fart" joke.

A long, interminable, repulsive "fart" joke.
Kendal S
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
this was an okay book! i feel as thought natalie lloyd’s writing as decreased . this book was more of good but it was funny and weird but other than that it wasn’t to great. i can see younger readers enjoying it but i didn’t. it didn’t even really have any that sticks out to me now
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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 the Problim children aren't solved right away though
Becky B
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
When the Problim's home is destroyed in a mild explosion, they must seek refuge in the home their Grandfather left them. There's just a few problems for the seven Problim children, though. First, the people in the town led by the O'Pinions do not want the Problim children in their town. Second, unless they can prove they are Problims they will be taken away and separated. Third, their proof got blown up and their parents are off on a job for the Andorran royalty and they can't seem to contact th ...more
Valerie McEnroe
I don't know if this book is truly fantasy, but you need to suspend belief to have any hope of enjoying it. I think kids will enjoy it more than adults. The nonsense factor is too high for my liking.

Everything in this book happens in multiples of 7. There are 7 Problim children, each born on a different day of the week. They live in the swamp, cared for by the oldest sibling, Sundae, born on a Sunday. Their parents have been gone for 7 weeks on an archeology trip (Belief Suspension #1). Mona, bo
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