The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesy

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Book Cover The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy
Comics & Graphic Novels
October 29, 2019

From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life's universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" asked the mole. "Kind," said the boy. Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together. Radiant with Mackesy's warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including "Help," which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

I have been a book lover since I was old enough to read. It seemed that there were never enough books to keep me satisfied. The older I got saw me leaning towards one genre versus others. As an adult, I began to write and started sharing reviews of the books I read. My blog turned into a website, and allowed me to begin a whole new chapter in my life. However, there was a time not so long ago where life got in the way, and books no longer satisfied me. I fell away from my two loves. Everything felt stale and boring. Life was overwhelming, and I was no longer enchanted by the written word.

Now I am back, and have decided to start doing the things that brought me so much joy. I know I was stuck reading the same genre for many years. By doing so I limited my world. If I was going to read something different, I knew I didn’t want anything to heavy, or overwhelming. I like non-fiction, but there are so many sub-categories: crime, fantasy, romance, science fiction, western, inspirational, historical fiction, and horror.

The Reading Room

Nothing interested me, until I stumbled upon the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, and saw this book. There was something inside me that said this was the book I wanted to pick up and read as well as write a book review. It was the best decision.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy expanded my view of life and reignited my love for reading. Delivering a message that anyone would understand, I knew instantly that you didn’t have to be a child to get it. After the first several pages I asked myself, “Why have I not heard of this author and this book before?” I was truly amazed.

Book Review:

The story accompanied by the illustrations communicates to the reader without extraneous words. From the moment you view the pages, you will know where Mr. Mackesy is going. Such a simple story for such turbulent times. Without question, every single person should read this. If you don’t get it, then I challenge you to read it again. You will get the message.

I loved this book, and I am proud to have this in my collection to read again and again when I am feeling low. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy receives my highest rating!