Why the Face?

Are you looking for a board book that offers humor, invites little listeners to make predictions, and provides opportunities for these aforementioned little listeners to engage in some empathy? Are you wanting a board book that appeals to both kids and grownups? Are you hoping to find a board book that’s different from the rest?

Well, this book is for YOU!

Jean Jullien is the master at saying so much with just a few words and his amazing art.

I don’t even have to add commentary to my post. These spreads pretty much say everything that needs to be said.

Open the flap.

Open the flap.

Some of the reasons for the faces turn out to be quite surprising. Find this book and see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

If you want to squeeze even more entertainment out of this book, show one of the faces to your older kids and ask, “Why the face?” Then have them draw what might be the cause of that face. See. This book can be fun for the whole family. 🙂

Oh, and if you find yourself wanting more, more, more, get your hands on this book, too.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Happy reading!



Congratulations, Julie Rowan-Zoch! You won a copy of Making a Friend.


Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. She has more than 30 published picture books and has many others on the way. Her books have received awards, earned starred reviews, made lists, been made into musicals, and been translated into many different languages. Most importantly, kids really like her books! To learn more about Tammi and her books, please visit tammisauer.com and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.


  1. These look like fun books! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. Just yesterday I got my hands on this books and it is delightful! it’s also a fun way to have kids of any age, but starting with the youngest, learn to READ faces- their own in a mirror and faces of others as they demonstrate various emotional expressions. Turning this int a game can hook kids on tuning into others (rather ha screens) and taking the next step to questions, consider, and share. Thanks for featuring this one, Tammi.

  3. Sorry about the typos above- working on a different desk and bumped send too soon. :O

  4. Cute and clever! Great reads. I love the focus on reading faces. Good for all ages! Thanks!

  5. What a great skill to learn early.

  6. Thanks, Tammi, for introducing me to these delightful books.

  7. Those are quite clever and unique board books. Thanks for sharing them!

  8. Stacy Digianantonio

    These books remind me of My Pictures After the Storm, which I found hilarious! I can’t wait to read these two as well.

  9. Looks super cute!

  10. Adorable, fun, interactive. They seem great.

  11. This could be a super helpful book for my son and his classmates with autism. Learning how to look at and interpret facial expressions is a skill they work on, and this book adds an element of playful humor to the task!

    Congrats Rozo on winning a copy of Making a Friend!

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