The Gale

The Gale

by Mo Yan (original story), adapted by Xiaoxiao, Zhu Chengliang (illustration)

Chinese, hardcover, 42 pages, age 3~6
21st Century Publishing House, August 2021

Rights sold: 
English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Croatian

Handling territories:
World exclude Chinese market.

An adaptation of Nobel winner Mo Yan’s short story illustrated by one of the most important Chinese illustrators Zhu Chengliang. In order to supplement the family income, a young boy, Star, wakes up before dawn and goes with his grandfather to cut the thatch in the meadows. After a day’s hard work, his grandfather has cut enough grass to fill the cart. But on the way back home that evening, Star and his grandpa run into a violent gale…


Mo Yan, a well-known contemporary Chinese writer, has been named honorary president of the China Academy of Arts’ Academy of Arts and Letters. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, making him the first Chinese Nobel Laureate in Literature. Mo Yan has received a number of honors, including the French Knights Medal of Arts and Letters, the Nonino Award in Italy, the Newman Chinese Literature Award in the United States, and the Mao Dun Literature Award.

Zhu Chengliang is a well-known Chinese picture book illustrator. At the 2016 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition, he received an Award for Excellence, and his book A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book in 2011. He creates graphics with his filmmaking skills. Zhu is also the illustrator of picture book Flame.