In a quartet of Funny Faces board books by Janet Allison Brown, illus. by Paula Knight, tactile elements on the cover draw readers inside. The hero's yellow felt wings on the cover of Scaredy Duck emphasize his fear of flying; yet one day he gets lost and finally asks the other ducks for help. In Lion's Mane, with a felt mane on the cover, Lion tries to change his hairstyle. Pink and gray felt ears on the cover of Hurray for Elephant play up the pachyderm's big ears, which enable her to hear Monkey's cries for help. Also sporting felt wings on the cover, Busy Bee has a lot to do, but still finds time to help his friends. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
There is a tactile treat for readers of this board book. The front cover has the lion's mane made of soft brown felt that can be stroked. The lion wants a new hairstyle, so he tries slicking his mane down with water, but the other animals have suggestions for fluffing it up, adding ribbons, or a crown. The supposed king of the jungle asks snake what he thinks he should do. The answer is that a king shouldn't worry about how he looks, but about being a good ruler. Lesson learned, the lion stops worrying about his mane and concentrates on doing a good job as king. The illustrations look like stitched cloth, which is in keeping with the cover. Part of the "Funny Faces" series—stories with lessons. 2003, Tiger Tales, Ages 2 to 4.
— Marilyn Courtot