on 22 October 2001
An early work of John Burningham's, Cannonball Simp, tells the story of a stray black pup (Simp)who nobody seems to want. Simp ends up at a circus and acts as a cannonball in a clown's act. The audience and the management of the circus are thrilled by the act. The clown's job is saved and Simp becomes Cannonball Simp, and lives with the clown.
The illustrations are bold, bright and beautiful. The pup is a truly engaging character and the circus is one where animals are treated with respect. The text is both poignant and lively.
This is a Burningham classic.
on 8 October 2011
When I mentioned to my two sons I'd bought Simp for my grandson, they both wanted to read it! Having read it to them countless times over thirty years ago proves it has stood the test of time. It's a wonderful story, superbly illustrated, up to the usual John Burningham standard.
on 4 March 2009
Having owned and cherished John Burningham's classic 'Mr Gumpy's Motor Car' as a child, I set out as a parent to see if he had written anymore. I was thrilled to discover a whole range of Burningham efforts, each with the distinctive artwork and the deceptively simple stories. Cannonball Simp is the slightly surreal tale of a dog who finds out where he really belongs; the book is not my favourite of Burningham's but is still better than most childrens' authors could ever produce. However, it is the illustrations that really resonated with me, and I suspect, thousands of others over the years.