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The Tunnel


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Anthony Browne is one of the most popular and stylistically distinctive children's book artists with a number of outstanding titles to his credit. Gorilla was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. Other titles include four books featuring Willy the lovable chimp: Willy the Wimp (9780744543636); Willy the Champ (9780744543568); Willy the Dreamer (9780744569643) and Willy's Pictures (9780744582406) as well as the picture books Into the Forest (9781844285594) and Silly Billy (9781406305760). In 2000, Anthony received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to children's literature – the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956.


Browne’s softly illustrated and reassuringly lilting narratives certainly suit small children, but his books’ life themes are relevant to all.
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Browne's softly illustrated and reassuringly lilting narratives certainly suit small children, but his books' life themes are relevant to all. * Time Out *

With spare text and haunting paintings, Browne ( Gorilla ; Willy the Wimp ) creates an intriguing fantasy about sibling rivalry transformed by experience. In spite of her fears, Rose follows her brother into a mysterious tunnel, through a frightening wood, and finds that Jack has been turned to stone, but Rose's love and tears bring Jack back to life. This captivating tale of the thoughtful, bookish child who is ultimately strong, and her vulnerable, rough-and-tumble brother is a delight. Browne's artwork suggests that the story can be read at many levels; repeated metaphorical motifs are woven throughout the meticulous illustrations. His phantasmagorical forest, filled with animal shapes, will long linger in the reader's imagination. Ages 6-11. (Feb.)

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