Category:Children/Picture Book     Publisher: CITIC

I Wish I Could Be《变变变》


By 曹文轩/CAO Wenxuan,Illustrator: Alessandro Sanna
ISBN: 9787521750041 Pages: 52
Published Date: February 2023
Size: 250mm x 227mm
SOLD copies in China: 23,000 Copies
Rights Sold: Italian

Selling Points:
1. A story that teaches children to come to terms with themselves
2. Picture book adaptation from children’s literature writer and Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, CAO Wenxuan

Every character in this book is not satisfied with their life. The hedgehog wants to roll like a bicycle wheel, while the wheel longs to be free like a little boy. The boy turns out to be envy of horses that race through the field. This goes on and on. However, the last character Melon just wants to be like the hedgehog, the first character, who can lie hidden under the melon leaves.

About the Author:
Prof. CAO Wenxuan is an acclaimed novelist of children’s literature, best known for winning the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016. He was the first Chinese author to ever receive the award. In announcing the award, the International Board for Young People’s Jury said Cao “writes beautifully about the complex lives children facing great challenges, He is a deeply committed writer, w\hose own difficult childhood has been deeply influential on his writing in which there are no easy answers.” In 2015, Cao’s Dingding and Dangdang series was selected as one of IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. In 2017, his book Bronze and Sunflower was selected as a Kirkus finalist and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. As professor of Chinese literature at Peking University, Cao’s work has been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. Several of his works have also been adapted into films.

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