The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

The Sunday Times Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller.'You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love' Chris EvansA book of hope for uncertain times.Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on ...

Details The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

TitleThe Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Release DateOct 10th, 2019
PublisherEbury Press
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Art, Childrens

Reviews The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

  • Jessica
    I received this book for free as part of an Instagram tour (TLC Book Tours specifically) I did to promote the book. This book was absolutely amazing! I loved everything about it.The story is very simple but very profound. There are lots of little pieces of wisdom sprinkled throughout that really hit me hard. For example, this was one of my favorite passages:“Sometimes I feel lost,” said the boy.“Me too,” said the mole, “but we love you ...
  • Larry H
    This unforgettable book with the memorable title is a book about friendship, kindness, and self-esteem told in the most special of ways.First there is a boy. He is alone. He comes upon a mole, whom it seems loves cake more than anything else. The mole becomes the boy’s friend and companion, his coach and confidante. The boy shares his fears, the mole shares advice and his love of cake.When they meet the fox, it is caught in a snare. Instinctive...
  • Ceecee
    This book is so beautiful it almost makes you want to weep. If you are looking for a thoughtful and stunning book as a present for Christmas then look no further - it’s GORGEOUS! This is a wonderful story of unlikely friendships and love which has some fantastic illustrations some of which a a bit reminiscent of E H Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh drawings. The boy first meets the mole and he is adorable - which is something I never thought I’d s...
  • Trish
    This review will be a little different. Because there really is no way to sum up this gorgeous book that I discovered thanks to a Waterstones ad on Twitter. The blurp already tells you all you need to know about the story so I'm just here to show you a few of my favourite pages that will simultaneously give you an impression of the art and the message behind it.A true work of art with a wonderful message. The art style is not something I thought ...
  • Caroline Middleton
    I will treasure this book always. The mix of ink and watercolour illustrations, and the ramshackle calligraphy, is beautiful in itself. But Mackesy has created characters that speak kindness so simply and beautifully, it is like poetry but (somehow?) more powerful. Some of my favourite moments: “I wonder if there is a school of unlearning?”“Sometimes I worry you’ll all realise I’m ordinary,” said the boy. “Love doesn’t need you to...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    This beautifully illustrated book breathes kindness and acceptance and hope - and made my heart ache in all the best ways. I want to give a copy to everyone I know. From the introduction to the book: "I hope this book encourages you, perhaps, to live courageously with more kindness for yourself and for others. And to ask for help when you need it - which is always a brave thing to do. When I was making the book I often wondered, who on earth am I...
  • Kate
    Bought due to a rapturous recommendation from my work colleague, but I am so thankful for this gentle and loving book. Definitely one I will turn to for kindness and solace during difficult times.The simplicity of the illustrations suit the deep emotion and vulnerability expressed on each page. Each quote is motivational and life affirming - life is remarkable, your true friends love you for who you are, and you are enough.
  • Tom Mooney
    Lovely illustrations but the words are cringe-worthy. It reads like a shit celebrity's enigmatic Twitter posts. All faux-wisdom that isn't even close to being as deep as it thinks it is.
  • Kathryn
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?""Kind", said the boy.
  • Carolyn Stover
    I am so stingy with 5 star ratings but this book deserved at least 5 stars. An inspiring tale of hope compassion and love. As an exclusive e reader I surprised myself by immediately purchasing this for myself, my mom and a friend. Everyone needs this in their library and their life I am so stingy with 5 star ratings but this book deserved at least 5 stars. An inspiring tale of hope compassion and love. As an exclusive e reader I surprised mysel...
  • Katie
    This book is delightful. It features a series of pen and watercolour drawings about the friendship between a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse, and is about the journey they take together.The story features all sorts of little epigrams about kindness and friendship, what the important things in life are, and the importance of self care. I have seen reviews comparing this to Winnie the Pooh, and that comparison isn't unwarranted, but I think Mackesy...
  • Marc
    I read this in fifteen minutes and cried during most of the read. This is one of my newfound favorite things.
  • Nick Swarbrick
    “Sometimes I feel lost,” said the boy. Friendship explored through a flowing calligraphy, illustrations strongly reminiscent of E H Shepard, and multiple repeats of ideas that might cloy on an inspirational poster but in the course of this gentle, half-explained journey are engaging and illustrate a slow movement of ideas as a mole and a boy meet a fox and a horse. “Everyone is just trying to get home,” observes the mole, and here, at lea...
  • Imaan Tamimi
    I might or might not have shed tears while reading this. It's so cute and heart-warming.
  • Becky
    This is a genuinely beautiful book.
  • Lauren
    I absolutely love this book, such a cute, short read, with some lovely important messages. A real feel good book, with an adorable mole who loves cake!!
  • Christie
    A lovely, hopeful book recommended to me by my nan-in-law! I genuinely enjoyed both the quietly insightful messages and the beautiful hand drawn images <3
  • Pop Bop
    Calm, Kind, and ComfortingThis book has been described as a "fable", but that isn't quite right, mostly because there is no actual plot or narrative. It is an illustrated collection of thoughts, aphorisms, and very brief vignettes. (Actually, vignette is exactly the right word, since it is a collection of brief, evocative descriptions or episodes, but is also a collection of "small illustrations which fade into the background without a definite b...
  • Fern Adams
    Wow, what a book this is! I adored it. Got to the end first read round and had to go back to page one to read again and three readings straight through later I’ve put it down long enough to review. This is in many ways a simple book and yet it really isn’t. Exquisite art work, profound words and I really don’t know who this wouldn’t be suitable for. Slightly disappointed with myself for having been organised this year and already done my ...
  • Cassandra Kay
    "Always remember you matter, you're important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can."This book is short and sweet, but also extremely powerful in an unexpected way that you don't see the emotion hit you until it truly hits you. I'm talking rivers of tears rolling down your face. The watercolor paintings, the drawings, and the simple, but insightful, dialogue all tie together wonderfully. This book is beautifully cr...
  • Rachel Buckley
  • Tim Joseph
    OH MY GOSH. This is an absolute must read! A story about friendship and personal discovery, it is poignant, funny, beautifully illustrated and will absolutely give you the feels!While it's a short book (it took 15 minutes to read), I know I will be revisiting this over and over again. It's a must as a gift for readers. I literally can not say enough about it. Must read! And..."If at first you don't succeed...... Eat some cake."
  • Mike
    Think Christopher Robin and Pooh, today, with beautiful drawings, timeless wisdom, laughing, sighing, crying (happily), loving and being loved. Imagine a few moments or far less than an hour to realign, reawaken, reimagine you and your world as enlightened by the simple reflections of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse. Bring light to your day and your life. This will be the top gift I give this Christmas. I can't imagine a better way to wrap up Jo...
  • Malvina
    Incredibly tender. You feel loved reading this book. 'What do you want to be when you grow up?''Kind,' said the boy.
  • Angela Groom
    Such a beautiful book, so full of Love.The conversations between a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse shown in illustrations and beautiful calligraphy text. They are magical and perfect. The text almost melts in the picture and has a very simplistic style similar to Winnie the Pooh.Lots of words of wisdom throughout the book that you can share with any reader, like Charlie Mackesy says from eight to eighty.Some of my favourite parts "Asking for help ...
  • Kristin DeGarmo
    I very rarely rate books 5 stars but this book deserves it. It’s beautifully illustrated but has even more beautiful messages inside. There are many pages I had to write down the quote because it meant so much to me. I actually found this book while at the bookstore where I work and started flipping through it and came across the line “be kind to yourself.” That particular day I really needed to hear that. I bought the book after work and r...
  • Peter Bellingham
    Absolutely fantastic. It is beautifully illustrated, stunningly presented, and virtually every page could be taken as an encouraging, inspiring, uplifting, challenging message in itself (hence why some of the pages have been used on public displays on the London Underground). I would recommend that every primary school teacher buy a copy to read to their class; every parent, grandparent or guardian should have one to read to their children, and e...
  • Anne-Marie
    This book is a treasure of tender, loving wisdom. The ink and watercolour art is absolutely beautiful and the prose is full of deep life lessons and touching messages of love. It’s a story but even more so it’s a picture book. It’s a book to treasure. It’s a book of love and hope, of heart and soul. It’s a feel good book to leaf through daily and the perfect gift to someone you love. Charlie Mackesy shares his soulful drawings and messa...
  • Ashes
    That's one beautiful book, maybe just a tad too short T^T.Having a bad day? A bad year? A bad life? Then read the book. It's not a magic fix, but it will cheer you up enough to carry on for another day at least.5* for the illustrations, 4* for the text. 4.5* is in order, I think.The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse has similar vibes to Pax (friendship between the boy and the fox) and The Secret Horses of Briar Hill (child's friendship with th...