A lovely example of a first picture book, Nicola Smee’s appealing illustrations shows a little boy’s many facial expressions as the simple story progresses. The boy ‘loves his ball’ (happy face), meets a bear (surprised face) who takes his ball (sad and cross faces). The boy taunts the bear (naughty face), who then returns with other bears (worried and frightened faces), but in the end they all play ball together (happy face again!). The final double page has a space to stick a picture of your own face, and a (safe) mirror to make funny faces in. Children may enjoy copying the expressions they see in the book.