While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat

While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat

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by Amy Reichert, Alexandra Boiger
     
 

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Rrrring!
Rrrring!

While Mama has a quick chat with Uncle Fred, Rose is supposed to be getting ready for bed. And she tries. She really does. But downstairs someone's yoo-hooing, and the doorbell keeps ringing. Soon the house is full of wild guests and weird foods, magic and music. And Mama is still on the phone! What's a little girl to do?

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Rrrring!
Rrrring!

While Mama has a quick chat with Uncle Fred, Rose is supposed to be getting ready for bed. And she tries. She really does. But downstairs someone's yoo-hooing, and the doorbell keeps ringing. Soon the house is full of wild guests and weird foods, magic and music. And Mama is still on the phone! What's a little girl to do? Rose finds out, and so will you, in While Mama had a Quick Little Chat.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Mama answers the phone, telling Rose to "get ready for bed,/while I have a quick little chat with Uncle Fred." However, before the redheaded girl can do so, the doorbell rings and four "muscley" men appear bearing a load of party supplies. Rose calls to her mother, but Mama isn't through talking, so the youngster lets them in. Each time the doorbell rings-as guests, waiters serving hors d'oeuvres, and a magician arrive-she tries to get her mother's attention but is put off. When the band arrives, Rose is ready to jump into the action: she fills in for the absent drummer, playing a "boogie-down beat" that steals the show. Finally, Mama warns that she is about to hang up. Rose tells her visitors that they must go, and they quickly depart, taking the mess with them. None the wiser, Mama finds her daughter fast asleep in bed, and whispers, "Good girl, Rose." The rhyming text never misses a beat. The watercolor illustrations feature slightly stylized characters: Rose and her mother have skinny legs and pointy feet, fuller-looking torsos, and hair that flies away at unexpected angles. A busy, colorful spread showing the party in full swing emphasizes the moment when Rose decides to join the fun. Children will appreciate the humor of this slightly over-the-top take on a familiar situation.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
While her oblivious mother's off answering a phone call, an increasingly frantic young Rose finds her bedtime routine interrupted by the successive arrival of a lively formal dress party, a magician in need of an assistant, and a dance band in need of a drummer. Boiger illustrates the burgeoning chaos with a wispy, whimsical elegance reminiscent of Hilary Knight's art, placing a very small, tousled redhead in gracious, upper-crust surroundings, and adorning the array of partyers in Depression-era evening garb. Hearing Mama hang up at last, Rose firmly ushers the interlopers out the door, and collapses into bed just in time. Composed in loosely rhymed verse to a chorus of "It's hard to believe, but Rose did ALL that / before Mama had finished her quick little chat," this reads like an arch amalgam of Eloise and Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes till Bedtime (1998), and is sure to send privileged tykes (and their parents) off to bed with a case of giggles. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689851704
Publisher:
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Publication date:
05/17/2005
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
775,023
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Alexandra Boiger is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including Thanks a LOT, Emily Post! by Jennifer LaRue Huget and The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins. Mrs. Boiger lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. Visit her at www.alexandraboiger.com.

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While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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gerria More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I enjoyed it as much as the kids, thinking of sending it to some adult friends who will love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up one day in the children's section and started to read it. This book is so cute, I fell in love with it immediately. The illustrations are great. I do daycare and it is one of the kids favorite books that they ask for over and over again. At the end of the story you are not sure if Rose imagined it all, dreamt it or if it really did all happen while Mama was talking. Definitely pick this one up to add to your child's library.