The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
“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 ...more
When I picked this up to read to my son one night, I didn't expect to tear up, to need to pause to process these beautiful truths, and to buy copies for my family members. It's a story I wish I grew up reading, and it's a story I plan to read again and again.
I highly recommend it! ...more
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 ...more
I wish I could dislike it, because I have a very cold and mean soul and it would be very on brand for me to hate something that Chris Evans, Captain America himself, called the most beautiful book/Christmas gift possible and the marketing copy calls “hope in uncertain times.”
But alas. I had no chance.
when i first saw this title and cover, i said AWWWWW! and then, over the holiday season, so many people were praising this book in print and in person, i knew i needed to get a copy for myself. OR, to get a copy for greg because - fox - and read it before gifting it to him. because i am a monster.
for me it's a mixed bag. on the one hand, the artwork is gorgeous
on the other hand, this
which just, no. like capital-letter NO with all of my being.
again, i am a monster. this is known.
show me a cute an ...more
"Isn`t it odd. We can only see our outsides,
but nearly everything happens on the inside."
A wonderful and heartwarming picture book, with incredible and uplifting messages!
So apt and valuable for these uncertain and troubled times. This book is not like the usual picture book. Every page has that `feeling` of peace and serenity.
Picture books are usually for younger readers, but this one is for all - 8 years to 80 years and beyound.
a must-read! ...more
I am not a Pooh fan.
(Could those of you throwing stuff at me please stop? I'm just not. Sorry to pooh pooh Pooh...
...but it's just too twee for me.)
This to me is not twee. Okay, occasionally, but in the same way as The Beatles "All You Need is Love" is. Mmmm, that comparison feels so cozy.
(There's real music in here too, sheet music which I wish I could read. I haven't seen it addressed anywhere and if anyone reads this and ca ...more
Gorgeous beautiful black/wite brown/white colour drawings, really beautiful.
For me though it is not a 5 star which is the average rating I think at Goodreads, why, because it is a bit a bit of supersweet cuteness and morality overkill. 😊 This is probably because I’m used to read dark books…. So maybe I am not the target group for this book? 😉
But, definitely a book to leaf through, read the wisdom, be in awe of the ...more
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 vel ...more
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 ...more
Beautifully illustrated and you cant help but love the characters as they plod along their merry way, a book that old and young can find joy in and I can imagine a mother reading this with her child. I loved the simple little messages that I think we all need reminding of now more so than ever in order to ...more
“Nothing beats kindness” said the horse. “It sits quietly beyond all things.”
“Often the hardest person to forgive is yourself”
“What do you think success is?” asked the boy.
“To love” 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.
“Being kind t ...more
It reminds me of Winnie-the-pooh in some ways. Each page is like a one paneled story or saying. Most of them feel like Zen Koans, but they take place between the boy and mostly the mol ...more
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 won ...more
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I received this book for my birthd ...more
I found this nauseatingly awful. Sickly sweet wisdoms spoken from a Christopher Robbin like toddler talking to animals. This reads like a poor copy of Winnie the Pooh without any of the good parts. Even the illustrations and situations are copied from Winnie the Pooh. This takes around two minutes to read, many pages blank for no apparent reason, the worst book I have read in a long time.
"Kind," said the boy.
"What is the bravest thing you've ever said?" asked the boy.
"Help," said the horse.
This story is too pure for this world and I am not okay!!! ...more
A few of my favorite quotes from the book about sum it up for me:
"The truth is...everyone is winging it."
"Sometimes just getting up and carrying on is brave and magnificent."
"When the dark clouds come, keep going."
Definitely "a book of hope for uncertain times". Recommend!
(Note: Lowered my r...more
In a year filled with stress, and so many people having difficulty concentrating on reading books they might normally love, this book is the perfect antidote. It is filled with simple, charming illustrations, and a story that includes a young boy who is lonely, and the three characters he meets along his journey - the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - and the friendship, trust and companionship that follows. But more than that, it is filled with a wisdom so simply shared that it will touch the heart ...more
This book is so many adjectives: powerful, impactful, lovely, heart warming, comforting, beautifully crafted, brilliant, simply amazing, are just a few that come to mind! 🦊
As an artist and aspiring book illustrator myself, Charlie Mackesy's stunning artwork is incredibly inspiring! 🖋️
I love how loose his line work is, and the w ...more
This is one of the prettiest books I own and I loved every page. I didn’t get this as a Christmas present like everybody else because nobody I know in real life is that thoughtful or even reads for that matter. I need better friends.
In truth I though this was solely aimed for kids, but as the introduction states this can be enjoyed by anyone from eighty to eight.
Shes way to young to appreciate the beauty of this stunning hardback, but I hope that she'll end up keeping and maybe pass down to her own children.
The charming musings of a boy and his animal ...more
How many times did I pass by this book? Countless.
How many times did I scoff at it being named Barnes & Noble Book of the Year? Countless.
How many times did I turn my nose up the illustrations and font? I think you get the point.
Little did I know...
“What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help,” said the horse.”
“Often the hardest person to forgive is yourself.”
Charlie Mackesy has shared something that reminds us of the goodness, kindness and stren ...more