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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  411 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Simplified Chinese edition of The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. Jack fearlessly explores the tunnel he found while playing, but when he doesn't return, his sister Rose goes in the tunnel to find him. It's an exploration of the woods with the author's lively illustrations. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Paperback, 26 pages
Published January 6th 1997 by Walker Books Ltd (first published 1989)
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Donna Mcaleese
A fascinating adventure story that is more suitable for Key stage 2 due to the context. Initially, it presents a familiar scene of sibling rivalry that all children will be able to identify and relate to at some level. The author’s portrayal of the contrasting male and female characters is particularly stereotypical - Jack likes to play football, roughly. He is a loud boisterous young man, while Rose is quiet and nervous; she enjoys spending her time reading endless books. This idea of stereotyp ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Basra rated it it was amazing
In the book the little girl reads allot of books this allows different stories to be introduced into the book, pictures of the images of the different books in this book are shown as the girl’s imagination.
The tunnel contains a lot of intertextuality, there is allot of contrast of colours and images in this book this helps children to stay engaged on looking at the pictures because they are attractive.
This book could be used as a basis for discussion within classroom children could rewrite the
Emma Brooke
Nov 24, 2015 Emma Brooke rated it it was amazing
Review of 'The Tunnel' - Emma, Georgia and Benny.

About a relationship between a brother and sister. They don't see eye to eye and have different interests. They come across a tunnel which results in her being separated from her brother. She has to face her fears from traditional fairytales in order to save him.

Implied Reader - previous knowledge of fairytales. Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast in particular.

Themes - sibling relationships, loss, mourning, personal journeys, fears, r
Alice Brady
May 01, 2012 Alice Brady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tunnel by Anthony Browne is a very interesting book. It tells the story of a brother and sister who argue all the time, when their mother sends them out to play together and they discover a tunnel, their relationship is changed forever. The brother, whose name we do not find out until the end, crawls through the tunnel ignoring of his sister’s protests, and ends up in a magical forest. When her brother does not return, Rose follows him into the tunnel and finds him turned to stone.

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Maeve Harrison
Jan 21, 2013 Maeve Harrison rated it really liked it
“The Tunnel”, by Anthony Browne, is a fantastic book with wonderful imaginative imagery. The story is about overcoming sibling rivalry. Rose and Jack are two very different characters who are always bickering much to the dismay of their mother. One day, sick of their constant fighting, she tell them they must spend the day together in the park. Rose sits placidly on the grass doing her own thing while Jack explores and ends up crawling into a mysterious tunnel. When Rose urges him to return, the ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I like Browne's Gorilla books best. And his books about Willy, the boy who is drawn as an ape, are terrific for the right readers. His original and fractured fairy tales, though... these are challenging. Brilliant, gorgeous, but challenging. I watched a read aloud of this on youtube; I wish I could read a print copy so that I could get a richer experience and more complete understanding. It's gotta be very symbolic, maybe Jungian?
Luz Herrera
Oct 12, 2011 Luz Herrera rated it really liked it
I thought this was the cutest book! I have siblings so I related to this book. Also me and my brother used to argue a lot and now we r the best of friends. I would love to show this book to my kids because i know they all fight with their siblings so they can definitely relate to this book. I would maybe have them talk to each other and see how they reacted in certain situations and maybe talk about some things that they have done together with their siblings. Im sure they will learn a lot from ...more
Rebecca Collins
I finally read this book today, whilst sat in a classroom during which the children were packing up from their lesson. While I was reading the book, I found myself getting the most strangest looks, but that was because of the facial expressions I was pulling due to my utter enjoyment in the book. I found that whilst reading the book, I was taken into the tunnel with the children, and shared the same experience with them.

Anthony Browne has yet again produced an amazing children's book for childr
Tharema Alim
Jan 21, 2014 Tharema Alim rated it really liked it
The Tunnel by Anthony Browne is a book that I came across during my second teaching placement in a year 3 class. They were looking at this book and then were told to write a recount of what happened in the story. The higher ability groups wrote straight into the books as they were able to write it in a structure. Whereas other tables had a grid where they would write the beginning the middle and end of the story in each box. The next lesson the children focused on the book again but this time in ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it
I read The Tunnel on the back of being fascinated by another Anthony Browne story Voices in the Park.

Resemblance in picture quality is equal if not better within this book, setting the spooky scenes in which the story experiences.

If the reader is able to surpass the illustrations a beautiful relationship is formed and shared between a brother and sister of whom usually argue, disagree and clash in terms of stereotypical characteristics and lifestyles.

Jack, being the boy he is sets out to expl
Stephany Nasr
Sep 19, 2016 Stephany Nasr rated it liked it
The Tunnel is a postmodern picturebook about two siblings, Jack and Rose who fight a lot. One day, their mother sends them out to play and they discover a tunnel. Rose is frightened and does not want to go in. Jack goes right into the tunnel. When Jack does not return after some time, Rose goes into the tunnel to find her brother.

Browne uses a lot of framing around the images in the story. From the beginning, the characters are draw in separate frames that draw the reader's attention to each c
Jun 15, 2016 Tanique rated it really liked it
This another great read by Anthony Browne.
The tunnel tells the story of two siblings, Rose and Tom, and like most siblings, they bicker at each other. One day their mother was very annoyed by their constant arguing, so she forced them to spend the day together. Both siblings were displeased by this request. Tom was an active child who loved playing outdoors with friends, while Rose preferred to read quietly in her bedroom. Whilst exploring the outdoors for fun adventures to undertake, Tom stumbl
Christa Parks
Sep 22, 2015 Christa Parks rated it liked it
When I first read the title I imagined the tunnel leading the way to big and fun adventures that would bond the brother and sister together. While my thoughts were partially correct it did not take exactly the same path I envisioned initially. Then, I opened the book and saw the first page had images of two different walls one with a book on the floor and one without. Once you flip to the back inside page the walls are the same but the book has moved to the other side and now sits next to a socc ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Karin rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to find this book in the mailbox today, as it is one of my favorite Anthony Browne books. The book epitomizes the best and the worst of a sibling relationship and is a metaphor for how a brother and sister can enter a dark, slimy, scary tunnel separately feeling disgust and dismay and come back through together delighted with each other. Visually, Browne uses a lighter touch than in "Voices in the Park". There aren't any extraneous gorillas or dancing Mona Lisas, however, there is ...more
Abby Spiel
The Tunnel by Anthony Browne is about a stereotypical sibling relationship between an older brother and younger sister. The two siblings don't necessarily see eye to eye and they fight constantly. Their mother eventually gets fed up with their bickering and lack of ability to get along, so she sends them outside to play! She told them to go play outside, learn how to get along and then to not come back until lunch time. Well on their awkward and yet still disagreeable journey, they encounter a t ...more
Stacey Orlando
Sep 23, 2014 Stacey Orlando rated it liked it
The Tunnel is a postmodern picture book about a brother and sister who do not see eye to eye. They are constantly arguing whenever they are near each other, and mom has had enough. In an attempt to make her two kids play with one another, she sends them out together for a day in the town. Both are unhappy; the big brother is annoyed by his little sister's presence and the sister feels unwanted and forced out. The two kids venture into a dirty lot full of garbage and graffiti, much to the girl's ...more
Emma Acornley
Nov 24, 2015 Emma Acornley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 22, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: pgce
This is the story of a brother and sister who are very different; they enjoy different things and do not get on at all. One day their mother sends them out to play together and knowing that it will frighten his little sister Rosie the brother Jack crawls into a tunnel. After waiting for him to return (which he does not) Rosie has to make the difficult decision whether to confront her own demons and crawl through the tunnel or not.

This is a very unique and interesting book that could be used in m
Mar 04, 2016 Hanne added it
The Tunnel
The story is about a mean brother, Jack, and a fearful sister, Rose, who go on a journey through a tunnel to another world, and return as friends. Throughout the story there are intertextual references to the fairy tale about Little Red Riding Hood.

The front cover of the book shows a person in red going into a dark tunnel, leaving behind an open book of what seems to be fairy tales. Due to previous experiences and stereotypical views of gender, the implied reader will most likely fill
Kalum Fergus

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An Anthony Browne classic which explores the dilemma of a girl losing her brother through a tunnel. The work looks at how she feels about going through the tunnel and whether it is a good idea for her to go in the tunnel to rescue her brother. As it turns out she finds herself going through the tunnel and rescuing her brother from a land where he is turned into stone. The discussions you can have with this topic look at speaking and listening skills as well as PHSE, given the child's
Jorden Foster
Jun 20, 2016 Jorden Foster rated it liked it
**Spoiler alert**The tunnel is about a brother and sister, who are complete opposites and constantly argue. The boy is called Jack and is the younger brother to Rose. Their mother sends them out to play one day, Jack, who likes being outside, was thrilled and led Rose, who prefers to read indoors, to a tunnel. Jack goes through the tunnel and although Rose doesn’t want too, she is unable to leave her little brother, when he fails to return. Once she gets to the other side she searches for her br ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
The story follows a brother and sister who are completely opposite. The girl likes to read alone whereas the boy likes to play football with his friends. Much to the annoyance of their mother, they constantly argue and one day she sends them out to play together. Once out they discover the tunnel. The boy goes through it, dismissing his sister's fears. When he doesn't return she follows…

I read this with my Year 2 class and they absolutely loved it. Every time you go through the book, you notice
Jun 25, 2016 Roberta rated it it was amazing
This book is about a brother and a sister called Jack and Rose. They are not alike and often argue and fight with each other. One day they go out together and discover a tunnel. The brother goes through it and Rose, after a long wait, is forced to follow him. Jack gets turned into a stone but after Rose hugs him he will come back to himself. This experience changes their relationship and brings them together.
This book is great for children in KS1. It can be used to encourage them their imaginat
Katy Mcnab
An Anthony Browne classic! It's beautifully detailed, spooky illustrations bring the story to life and engage the imagination of the reader. A simple story of sibling rivalry which tackles dilemmas and the traditional portrayal of a 'hero'; the story begins with gender stereotypes, the girl who reads quietly and is afraid, and the boy who rough and tumbles and is brave. This book is wonderful for classroom discussions, and the illustrations provide wonderful stimulus for literacy work and creati ...more
Jan 27, 2016 JINA YU rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This story is similar to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," and "The Secret Garden." The main characters in these stories go into a gate which might be a wardrobe, a hole, or a fence in other stories. In this book, it's a tunnel. On the front cover, a girl is going inside the tunnel and a book is opened behind her. Whereas, on the back cover, there is no girl and the book is closed. I imagine this girl goes into the book through the tunnel. The story is d ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tunnel by Anthony Browned is a profound picture book about sibling relations. It tells the story of a brother and sister who are complete opposites and constantly fight and argue. The sister is easily scared and loves to read while her brother loves adventures.
One day there mother gets so sick of their bickering that she sends them out to play together despite their protests. While they are out they discover a tunnel. The boy goes through it at once, dismissing his sister's fears. When he d
Fiona Kerr
Nov 23, 2011 Fiona Kerr rated it it was amazing
The Tunnel

The strong points that this book contains is it encourages the moral development and understanding of loyalty, family and friendship closeness. It also demonstrates what it means to have a kind, helpful, and caring nature. However whilst reinforcing the uniqueness of the loving sibling relationship, it may encourage children to keep secrets from their parents. So may therefore to some extent be a negative influence. Other weaker points of this book are the scary themes and pictures in
Melissa Fordonski
Sep 20, 2011 Melissa Fordonski rated it liked it
This books tells the story of a mother's plan to end a sibling rivalry. Rose and Jack are brother and sister and could not be any different. Their mother is fed up with their quarriling and sends them outside to play together. Due to their very different interests, Jack explores a waste ground and finds a tunnel, which he enters. Rose, being timid and scared, waits on the otherside of the tunnel for her brother. When he does not return, Rose puts her fears aside and enters the tunnel to find her ...more
Joe Steward
Jun 23, 2013 Joe Steward rated it really liked it
This story is a more famous book by Anthony Browne, it is a great story with imaginative imagery, which makes it unique. The story is about overcoming sibling rivalry. Rose and Jack, the two main characters in the story are completely opposite. This leads to constant arguing and bickering which then leads to their mum ordering them to spend the day together playing in an attempt to build relations between the two. At the beginning, Rose sits on the grass doing her own thing while Jack explores a ...more
Deborah McCracken
Dec 08, 2013 Deborah McCracken rated it it was amazing
I LOVED reading this book with my year ones....

This book is about a brother (Jack) and sister (Rose) who both like doing different things and who do not get on. Their mother tells them to go outside and play together instead of fighting, and they come across a dark, slimy, scary tunnel.
Jack climbs into the tunnel but Rose is too scared to. However, Jack does not come back out of the tunnel so Rose has to go in after him... she ends up in a scary forest with lots of strange creatures so she runs
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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