“Boiger illustrates the burgeoning chaos with a wispy, whimsical elegance reminiscent of Hilary Knight’s art… 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.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Newcomer Boiger fluidly conveys both the heroine’s frazzled feelings and her can-do attitude… This entertaining romp (which ends with Mama none the wiser, and Rose fast asleep) will resonate with any child who has ever had to wait for a parent to wind down a phone call.”

– Publishers Weekly

“The rhyming text never misses a beat… Children will appreciate the humor of this slightly over-the-top take on a familiar situation.”

– School Library Journal

“Told in rhyme, this fanciful book perfectly characterizes the impatience children experience while waiting for adults’ attention… Kids will relate to Rose’s troubles; adults will appreciate the staging.”

– Booklist


Beehive Award Master List (UT)
Kansas State Reading Circle Primary Titles
Parents’ Choice Award
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Book Sense Pick in Fall 2005