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Monster Problems

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Sixth-grader Brad makes the mistake of drawing instead of paying attention in class. When Brad’s parents ground him from drawing, his bratty little brother Daley rubs it in. Later that night, Brad is surprised when a mysterious crow delivers a pen to his bedroom window. Missing his beloved drawing and frustrated with his brother, Brad uses the pen to draw a Daley-Destroyer ...more
Kindle Edition, First Printing, 174 pages
Published December 26th 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, firstreads
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A kid spends all of this time drawing when he should be paying attention in school. He gets grounded, and his parents take away his drawing materials. His little brother is also on his case.

Then a crow brings him a magical pen.

He draws a monster to destroy his little brother and it comes to life. The kid and some friends have to stop the monster.

Not bad, but definitely for kids.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
My 10-year-old son absolutely loved this book! It is fun, imaginative and captivating. He didn't want to put it down and read it in the course of one say. He then asked if it was part of a series because he wanted more. Five stars. ...more
Teresa Grabs
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic sibling rivalry tale that will appeal to any 10-year-old with a younger sibling. When Brad gets in trouble, his younger brother does what any self-respecting sibling does--he rubs it in. That is until Brad's drawing comes to life. Great book that hopefully gets a sequel.

Thank you NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.
Michael Hartnett
A Monstrously Funny Tale
Right down to its playful title, Monster Problems by Jason R. Lady is marked by fun and cleverness. Sixth-grader Brad humorously tells his story about how a monster he drew came to life. Following a series of curious incidents revolving around a huge crow and a very special pen, Brad draws a slimy green monster designed to attack his brilliant, trouble-making little brother Daley. The author deals with this sibling rivalry in ways that manage to be both inventive and real
Kyle Szucs
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and captivating book! Great story telling by Jason Lady. Excited to share this book with the students that I teach!
Jackie Nachman
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I don't usually read a whole lot of fantasy or science fiction, but this book was fun, had an exciting plot, and interesting characters. I really felt like this world was colorful and unique and I found myself wanting to know what happens beyond this story when it was over. Well done! ...more
Kathy Gold
Fabulous Monster & magic pen lead 3 kids to incredible lesson

Excellent monster journey helps young group of kids learn that you
can NOT focus ALL your talents & energy on just One thing. Brad is
the main character we find him in science class drawing as the teacher is teaching. He explains that his brain shuts closed ~bam~
as soon as they talk about chemicals or math. They are supposed to be preparing for a lab experiment, it would be nifty if they could make a secret potion or an ape man. But now
Tony Parsons
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brad Michael (son/brother, 6th-grader) was busy drawing instead of paying attention in class.
His parents grounded him from drawing.
Daley Michael (son/brother) teases Brad & rubs it in.
At night a crow delivers a pen to Brad’s bedroom window.
What did Brad draw to entertain himself?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.

A very awes
Pages For Thoughts
Monster Problems is very relatable for most. Everyone has a talent or a skill that others are not happy with or do not respect, or a sibling who drives them crazy. Brad's anger and sadness is human and relatable, but over the course of the story he learns the importance of not taking out those feelings on others, and discovers his true feelings for his brother. What we decide to do with our emotions is what defines us.

I loved the magical pen! Personally, I have always loved to imagine bringing m
Marissa Grossman
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brad is grounded after he is caught drawing in class, again. Due to this, his parents’ punish him with no longer being able to draw and his little brother Daley teases him mercilessly about it. When a mysterious crow flies into Brad’s room and leaves a pen, Brad decides to draw a Daley-Destroyer. However, when this creation comes to life, Brad must work quickly to stop his living drawing from hurting his brother. Monster Problems is a wonderfully inventive tale, and I loved reading about the inv ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book for third through fifth graders. Brad, a 6th grader, loves to draw but often gets in trouble for it. His younger brother, Daley, who is usually a thorn in his side often tells on him and talks down to him. After getting in trouble for drawing in class, Brad is grounded, sent to his room and all his drawing utensils taken. As he sits in his room, a large crow delivers a magic pen. He uses it to create a green, slimy stinky monster to destroy his brother called the Daley-Destroyer. The ...more
Brian Pirrip
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The kind of kids's book kids actually love to read! This author is spot on!!

What refreshing storytelling! Not only was this story entertaining from beginning to end, but it has laugh out loud humor and real genuine heart. Jason has the incredibly rare talent of being able to write through the lens of middle school and authentically capture that era in the most relatable way possible! This book is fun for all ages and took me back to junior high in all the best ways! I very much look forward to r
Tory Gates
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast-paced adventure through the mind of a kid who spends too much of it drawing...not that it's a bad thing.

Without giving it all away, Brad inherits a magic pen, draws a monster to dispose of his younger brother, and...all you know what breaks loose.

Jason has drawn up an imaginative world of misfit kids, strange teachers, clueless parents, and a monster...a lot of fun, and a quick read.

While it feels like there should be more at the ending, about Brad and the gang, it stands up well, b
Beatrice Moffitt
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My two grandchildren and I read this together. We hated to stop but wanted the fun to continue. They drew what they thought the principal looked like and what Mr Octagon looked like. We also discussed what they thought was going to happen or why they thought the author had written something the way they did.
It was a super read and now I see there is number 1 I need to look for it. It was funny and yet had some things to learn in it too.
Lyric Concord
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in one sitting. The story jumps right into the action, and it doesn't disappoint from there. The characters are well thought out and enjoyable to read (I especially liked the principal). It also comes with a good life lesson, and it's nice how the monsters don't completely solve everything for the main character, because that's what real life is like. This is a great book for your middle grade aged kids, and I highly recommend giving it a read! ...more
Katy McCollom
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun book full of adventure and laughs

I really enjoyed this book! The lead character was a believable middle school boy trying to battle math class boredom, tattletale little brothers and well..monsters. I read this to my seven year old son. He laughed out loud and looked forward to bedtime. We both did. Overall, it’s a great book.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and lively fantasy/adventure story for the elementary school reader. It has lots of excitement, some interesting characters (kids and adults) and moves rapidly. A good chapter book for the beginner that they will enjoy.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Ruth Caves
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cause and effect

Like any children's story, they are only interested in the here and now, not imagining what will happen if.... My son always wanted to be king so he could kill all the people that were mean to him. I asked who would be left to be king over if he killed everybody off. Once you figure out what exactly you want to stop the solutions become less violent.
Suzan Amin Khoja
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, Mindblowing

I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK. it's funny witty, sweet and crazy. The writing, the concept, the beauty. Man, this book is nuts. I can't stop drooling over this book. I am looking forward to more books from this author. 😍😍😍 in love with this book!!!!!
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were well written. In fact, even the monsters were awesome and not scary. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. I highly recommend this book.
Amy Robertson
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, wins
Perfect read for your 3-6 graders with imagination! Brad likes to draw. Watch a magic pen and Brad's drawings come alive. What happens when Brad designs a monster to destroy his younger brother? See how Brad, his brother, his teacher, and a few special friends, conquer the monster before it's too late. ...more
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
D.J. Edmiston
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monster Problems is a story that will satisfy readers of Middle Grade fantasy/adventure fiction, along with the bonus of having emotional depth. Not only does it trace the fun adventures of a boy and his magic pen that accidentally creates a quirky yet potentially malevolent monster, it touches on more serious topics such as the power of friendship and the realities of sibling jealousy. Best of all, its conclusion leaves the door open for further adventures! Great voice, likable characters, surp ...more
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Jason is an army brat who grew up moving around a total of seven times on military bases from Germany to Fort Knox, Kentucky. From a family of avid readers, Jason was encouraged to read fantasy and science fiction, and write his own stories and comic strips from an early age. Jason wrote his first novel-length story in high school--a parody of Robin Hood that starred all his friends, and got passe ...more

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