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
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Giveaway dates: Nov 22 - Dec 22, 2019
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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
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 ...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 ...more
“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 ...more
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.)
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.
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 ...more
This 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 ...more
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 ...more
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."
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 ...more
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.
This is not for everyone, in the same way that The Night Circus is not for everyone. It is very much so literary fiction, for fans of works such as Fox 8 and The Little Prince. The artwork is amazing, and I have been going over certain pages to re-examine them again.