We Stole a Sperm Whale

Original Title

Text & illustrations by
Cui Chao



Citic Publishing Group
May 2022

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

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.