Parents' Guide to

The Problim Children

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Misfit siblings feud with neighbor in fun but chaotic romp.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Fantastic book

This family is as crazy as mine, I love that this book in on a big family, the siblings love each other very much. They protect each other and they also get along, they bumb heads sometimes, but they are still each other's best friends. Your family is always there for you when you need them.

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age 9+


The book is very heartwarming, like about family and love, but also some sarcasm, some tense moments, and it's funny. It's a great mixture of everything in one book.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1 ):

This charming, clever romp is chaotic and fun but not as well-crafted as it could have been. Solutions to problems pop up out of nowhere in The Problim Children (one of the kids finds a deed to a house in a box -- exactly when they need a house), and assumptions are made (like, everybody in the book knows what a "circus spider" is, but the reader has to figure it out ). The characters are adorable, but only Thea's and Wendell's feelings are fleshed out, and the character point of view shifts constantly, lending the story a disorganized feel. Solutions to problems come too quickly at times, or not at all.

And yet, there are moments of beauty -- like the way the sunsets and forests are described. The landscape feels real. The kinship among the Problims is sweet and believable. And it's a fun read. Though the ending arrives without warning, there's enough intrigue in the plot to keep the reader wanting more. For those who are charmed by the Problims, there will be two more books in the planned trilogy.

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