The little boy Pica has a clockwork mouse, and it gains his love and affection by winning races. But before long, an electric mouse takes its place, and the clockwork mouse is put in the trash. Inadvertently, the mouse rolls under the sofa. When the real mice that live in the house gang up on the electric mouse, the clockwork mouse courageously steps forward to protect him. But when he overexerts himself and his clockwork mechanism breaks, how will he survive?
Cao Wenxuan was born in January 1954 in the rural area of Yancheng, where he lived until he was 20. He went to study at Peking University and is now a professor and Ph.D. supervisor of Chinese literature there. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, and the deputy president of Beijing Writers Association. His main works include House with Thatched Roof, Bronze and Sunflower, Honor of Life, Red Tile and Black Tile,Genniao, and The Boy of Ximi. His academic works include A Study of China’s Literature Trends in the 1980s, The Second World – A Philosophical Interpretation of Literature and Art, Research on Chinese Literature Tendencies in the 1990s, and A Novel Door. Many of his novels and short stories have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, and other languages. His books won more than 40 national and international awards. He is the Hans Christian Andersen Award Winner in 2016.