We Stole a Sperm Whale

We Stole a Sperm Whale

Author: Cui Chao
Language: Chinese
Hardcover, 48 pages, age 3+
Citic, May 2022

All rights available.

English translation available.

Handling territories:
World exclude China.


I’ve always been fascinated by sperm whales, and now I’ll be able to see one in an aquarium! However, this sperm whale appears to be depressed. Dad assured me that it would remain in the aquarium indefinitely, never meeting its families. How should I proceed? Let’s steal it and return it to the sea! We communicated the news to dolphins, killer whales, and blue whales with the assistance of marine biologists. Finally, the sperm whale’s mother heard the news and arrived with waves and wind to save the sperm whale in the aquarium. I saw whales flying through the sky that night.


  • Shortlisted for the 2021 Bologna Illustration Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2020 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition

About the Author

Cui Chao is a children’s book author. Her inspiration comes from her daughter. Her creations are centered on children’s empathy, and she has a thorough understanding of children’s psychology. Her picture book works were shortlisted for the first National Animation Art Exhibition and won the Picture Book Group Excellence Award in the Blue Ocean Creative Cloud Million Creative Entrepreneurship Competition. Book Ship received the Gold Award in the picture book comic category of the 15th China Animation Golden Dragon Award. I Know You Didn’t Sleep received the Bronze Award in the 2nd Bronze Sunflower Picture Book Award.


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入圍2021博洛尼亞插畫獎、2020金風車獎 點亮孩子對世界的好奇與善意,一個故事三種力量,給予孩子好奇、關愛、與想像