Hege Siri
The Tunnel

Two rabbits are digging a tunnel under a busy road. They want to cross over to the other side, where the grass is fresh and green. They are sweethearts. She likes to help him. He is the one who wants to dig the tunnel, she would rather run across the road or stay where they are. But the cars are running very fast, and their friends the cat and the squirrel have not made it across the road.

“In the darkness underground they are alone.
The long ears move.
They stop. Listen.
The whiskers vibrate.
The front legs are like drumsticks.
They dig a path underground.
The two of them. Together.”

Illustrated by Mari Kanstad Johnsen.

Hege Siri

Hege Siri

Hege Siri (b. 1973) is a Sami author and art photographer. She grew up in Trondheim and Nesseby, but lives now in Vinje, Telemark. She has studied arts and music at The University College of Telemark, and literature at Skrivekunstakademiet, Bergen and The Norwegian Institute for Children’s Books, Oslo.

Mari Kanstad Johnsen (b. 1981) is a Norwegian illustrator and author. She has a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from The National Academy of the Arts, Oslo and a master’s degree in Storytelling from Konstfack University College of Arts, Stockholm.

Rights sold to

Chinese Simplified, Farsi, French, Korean

Other titles

Hege Siri:
Knust (illustrator: Calef Brown) - originially published as Uhca Pi (in North Sami)
Et øyeblikk noen tusen år, poetry, 2009 (Kolon forlag)

Mari Kanstad Johnsen:
D for tiger (author: Lene Ask), 2015 (Gyldendal)
Ballen, 2014 (Gyldendal)
Livredd i Syden, 2013 (Gyldendal)
The Sudden Cats (author: Helge Torvund), 2013 – Sold to China.
Ballongjegeren (author: Anniken Bjørnes), 2012
Vivaldi (author: Helge Torvund), 2011 – Sold to China and South Korea.
Barbie-Nils og pistolproblemet (author: Kari Tinnen), 2011 (Gyldendal)

Foreign rights

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Gold Award / Visuelt.
Included in the dPICTUS platform's '100 Outstanding Picturebooks' selection, spring 2020

Edited February 07, 2023 by Magikon forlag