Murphy’s colored-pencil-and-pen illustrations augment the humor of her text, which hinges on the dialogue between Mom and Roxy. A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler.
Murphy’s use of repetition (Roxy often echoes her mother’s comments) and a mischievous ending—suffice it to say, the words "I’m sorry" never escape Roxy’s lips—are just a few of the ways Murphy keeps her story true to life, as she suggests that sometimes the only way to beat a tantrum, as far as parents are concerned, is to suffer through it.
—Publishers Weekly Online
Seeing Roxy plunge headfirst into the shopping cart while screaming, “GIVE ME THE PIGGY CAKE NOW!” will guarantee laughter from any group of parents and children. Murphy doesn’t forget to include the embarrassment on Roxy’s mom’s face and the horrified looks from onlookers, either. Tantrums happen, but somehow they are easier to deal with and better to laugh about and talk about in a book.
—School Library Journal
Murphy’s illustrations, done in colored pencils and pens, are adept at showing ordinary scenes and frosting-covered chaos. The funny ending and over-the-top drama will sit just right with young readers.