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Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Written by Grace Easton

Illustrated by Grace Easton

Books for Babies and Toddlers Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

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

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion Synopsis

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.

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion 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.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 6 - 'This is a story about a girl who is looking for friends. You will love the bright pictures and the friendly Lion!'

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ISBN: 9781786030313
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786030313
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Grace Easton
Illustrator: Grace Easton
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Grace Easton

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.  

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