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 hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie's first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis

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

TitleThe Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Author
ReleaseOct 10th, 2019
PublisherEbury Press
ISBN-139781529105100
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Art, Childrens

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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 and love brings you home.”It reminded me a lot of Winnie the 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 and love brings you home.”It reminded me a lot of Winnie the Pooh in the best possible way. It had the same innocence and spirit. Even though this is such a short book, I fell in love with all 4 of the characters. I particularly loved the fox because even though he was very silent, I still felt his impact. The illustrations in this are gorgeous. They’re whimsy and magical and just perfect, especially when accompanied with the handwritten text. The text was stylized so beautifully, they almost become part of the pictures. Honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It’s such a comforting little book that everyone can benefit from reading. Young or old, everyone at every age can enjoy this. Also, since the holiday season is approaching, this would make the perfect gift. Overall, if you couldn’t tell, I LOVED this book and recommend it to readers of all ages.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    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. Instinctively both the fox and the mole know if the mole frees 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. Instinctively both the fox and the mole know if the mole frees the fox, the fox should then kill it, but if the mole leaves the fox in the snare, it will die. Sometimes you can override your instincts, and the fox becomes a (mostly silent) companion on their wanderings. Then they meet the horse, who has hidden some of its special abilities for far too long. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse isn’t as much a story as it is a book of advice, encouragement, and lessons accompanied by whimsical hand-drawn illustrations. The advice and lessons are beautiful and meaningful, and the entire book is a genuinely heartfelt experience."What do you think is the biggest waste of time?""Comparing yourself to others," said the mole.The book is written in a handwriting-type font so it’s a little difficult for even older eyes to read, so this is definitely a book that should be read together and shared. Almost every page has something special on it.I really think this will be the perfect gift for those you want to share a message of encouragement or love with. It’s similar to Winnie the Pooh in its content but not so much in narrative or illustration. This will be one you won't be able to forget.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    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 say about a mole since ‘the little gentlemen in black 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 say about a mole since ‘the little gentlemen in black velvet’ wreak annual havoc with my lawn! He is an optimist and feels that most things are better for cake. Absolutely. Totally with him. I love all the illustrations but there are some of the horse that are simply amazing and moving. I love the sentiments of the book and it’s one I’ll go back to time and time again. What is so clever is its simplicity which actually makes it very powerful. Just wonderful and I’d give it five million stars if I could!!!!
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    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 would be for me but it turned out to be rather 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 would be for me but it turned out to be rather wonderful and I enjoyed it tremendously.
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  • Caroline Middleton
    January 1, 1970
    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 be extraordinary,” said the mole. “Is your glass half empty or 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 be extraordinary,” said the mole. “Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole. “I think I’m grateful to have a glass,” said the boy. There are so many stunningly understated moments in this book. It’s a dream.
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  • Mahi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.This book was like a cup of hot tea in the cold days of winter.like a blanket this book hugged me and protected me from the cold world. I would like a physical copy and I would recommend this to everyone.( the font was a bit hard to read at first.)
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  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    January 1, 1970
    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 to be doing this? But as the horse is: "the truth 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 to be doing this? But as the horse is: "the truth is everyone is winging it." Pick this up today, your soul will be thankful.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Tom Mooney
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?""Kind", said the boy.
  • Carolyn Stover
    January 1, 1970
    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 myself by immediately purchasing this for myself, my mom and a friend. Everyone needs this in their library and their life ❤️❤️❤️
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    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's messages are even simpler, but also more 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's messages are even simpler, but also more powerful and profound, perhaps.This book is not long. You will read it very quickly, but then you will keep going back to it for the comfort it offers. Everyone needs reminding to look after themselves, about the importance of friendship, about the uselessness of comparing yourself to others. It really is a book that will appeal to all ages.The illustrations are absolutely beautiful too. Mackesy has a sort of messy-yet-flowing style, but the way he poses his characters together is sweet and lovely. There's a sort of dreamy style to the images that makes this book a treasure, quite apart from the beautiful sentiments. I want prints of some of these pictures. Luckily, I think they may be in the pipeline. If you want to see some for yourself, Mackesy has an Instagram account.This book really is a warm hug. As I write this, it has a rating of over 4.7 on Goodreads, which is one of the highest I've seen, and is not too much praise for this lovely book. It's such a comforting, sweet, tender book, and sometimes you just need that.
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  • Marc
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in fifteen minutes and cried during most of the read. This is one of my newfound favorite things.
  • Nick Swarbrick
    January 1, 1970
    “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 least, love and a hug are just the thing.
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  • Imaan Tamimi
    January 1, 1970
    I might or might not have shed tears while reading this. It's so cute and heart-warming.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This is a genuinely beautiful book.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 border", which I was surprised to learn is the 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 border", which I was surprised to learn is the formal technical definition of a "vignette".)The thoughts here turn on friendship, hope, loyalty, independence, collaboration and cooperation, and, over and through all, love. The most frequently cited line - ""What do you want to be when you grow up?" asked the mole. ... "Kind", said the boy." - is exquisite, perfect, and radiant with warmth and wit; it sums up quite nicely what you will find in the book.There is nothing twee or treacly here. Honesty in every word, every line, and every drawing.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Fern Adams
    January 1, 1970
    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 Christmas shopping as otherwise everyone would be getting 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 Christmas shopping as otherwise everyone would be getting a copy of this. Incredible!
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  • Cassandra Kay
    January 1, 1970
    "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 crafted with such love and care. It's almost too "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 crafted with such love and care. It's almost too raw. But I guess that's a part of the beauty behind it.
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  • Rachel Buckley
    January 1, 1970
    Wow
  • Tim Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    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."
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    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 Joy and send it to my friends and loved ones. 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 Joy and send it to my friends and loved ones. Special thanks to my wife for finding Charlie's Facebook page, falling in love with the art and the text and ordering us a pre-release copy. It arrived today and we each read it immediately. I'll read it again tomorrow, and the day after that ... Thank you Charlie Mackesy, and thanks to the timeless priceless characters of this wonderful book.
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  • Malvina
    January 1, 1970
    Incredibly tender. You feel loved reading this book. 'What do you want to be when you grow up?''Kind,' said the boy.
  • Angela Groom
    January 1, 1970
    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 isn't giving up says the horse. Its refusing to 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 isn't giving up says the horse. Its refusing to give up""Often the hardest person to forgive is yourself""Being kind to yourself is one of the greatest kindnesses, said the mole"So many beautiful drawings and lovely statements to go with it all telling the story of the boy, mole, fox and horse.Lovely to keep and refer to."Doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing is it? asked the boy, no, said the mole""When the dark clouds come - keep going"
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  • Kristin DeGarmo
    January 1, 1970
    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 read it and I’m glad I did. I absolutely adore this book 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 read it and I’m glad I did. I absolutely adore this book because of its illustrations and words. I’m definitely sharing this with my family and friends and will be getting this book for a few family members for Christmas.
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  • Peter Bellingham
    January 1, 1970
    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 every adult should have one for their own 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 every adult should have one for their own enjoyment. There's something in it for all ages. We've already bought 5 extra copies to give away.
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  • Anne-Marie
    January 1, 1970
    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 messages on Instagram, it’s very much worth a follow.
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  • Ashes
    January 1, 1970
    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 the winged horse, also the illustrations). I 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 the winged horse, also the illustrations). I recommend all three.
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