Reader Reviewed Cannonball Coralie and the Lion by Grace Easton

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Written by Grace Easton
Illustrated by Grace Easton

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   Debuts of the Month   
Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

May 2018 Debut of the Month

Funky and thoroughly contemporary in feel, though simultaneously acknowledging classic children’s illustration, Cannonball Coralie and the Lion is an exciting story, beautifully told. Coralie is funny and brave and silly and strange. But where she lives in the woods there’s no-one to see her juggling squirrels or standing on her hands, until one day a crowd of acrobats, trumpeters and jugglers come marching through the woods, led by a lion. Coralie and the lion become firm friends, and Coralie joins the troupe, despite the grumpy Man in the Big Hat’s disapproval. It’s his idea that Coralie become a Human Cannonball, but it’s the lion who gives her the confidence to do it. There’s a lovely message about the importance of friendship and of being yourself, and Grace Easton’s stylish, vibrant illustrations are full of life and character. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our LoveReading4Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edith, 5 and Cecilia, 2.5 - 'Lovely story about embracing your differences and friendship. Beautiful illustrations and lovely use of different fonts. Brilliant book!'
  • Jack Radford, 6 - 'I loved it! I thought the ringmaster was very nasty and got what he deserved. Coralie was brave and very clever - we all wish we could do tricks like her.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, 2 and 8 - 'A gorgeous book with a sweet message and lovely ending.'


Cannonball Coralie and the Lion by Grace Easton

Coralie longs to join the circus - but the Man in the Big Hat says her tricks just aren't good enough. With the help of her new friend, Lion, Coralie realises she's perfect just the way she is. A heart-warming story about the friendship between a girl and a lion, this fun, quirky picture book celebrates daring to be different the importance of standing up for yourself.

About the Author

Grace Easton was born and raised in London. Having studied at Central Saint Martins, Brighton University and Minneapolis College of Art and Design she is now a freelance illustrator. Her work has been recognised internationally by the Society of Illustrators New York, Society of Illustration West and the Young Creative Network.

This is her debut picture book. Follow her on Instagram here.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 0 to 5 years


Grace Easton
More books by Grace Easton

Author's Website


Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2018




I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

Lovereading 4 schools