My story stems from my own experience. I was very confused in my previous job, I couldn’t find the direction of my life, and I always worked overtime and arrived home late every day. On the way home, I always look at the sky in a daze, hoping that one day I can fly into space. The image of the rat in my story symbolizes the people at the bottom of society, and I hope to show them through this story that dreams are always possible.
This picture book tells the story of a mouse traveling to the moon. A clever mouse is attracted to the cheese on the table in a restaurant, and he tries to steal the cheese only to be thrown out of the restaurant by the waiter. On the way home, he was attracted to a poster about the moon, which he saw as a big cheesecake, and he decided to go to the moon. He collected all kinds of discarded materials and eventually built a small rocket that flew to the moon.
I think this competition is a perfect fit for me and for this book. I think my work deserves to be seen, and this competition gives me that platform.
Lingxiao Zhang is a Chinese artist who does children’s books, commercial illustrations and game concept art. He studied Digital Media Art at Luxun Academy of Fine Art, where he first started to use digital drawings. After graduation and one and a half years working in the internet industry, he chose to study Children’s Literature and Children’s book illustration at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he gained his Master’s degree. He is a big fan of movies, which allows him to accurately grasp the emotional guiding effect of composition and color composition on the readers.