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.
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)