The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - book cover
  • Publisher : HarperOne
  • Published : 22 Oct 2019
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN-10 : 0062976583
  • ISBN-13 : 9780062976581
  • Language : English

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is not only a thought-provoking, discussion-worthy story, the book itself is an object of art.”- Elizabeth Egan, The New York Times

From British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy comes a journey 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, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages. 

Editorial Reviews

"The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is not only a thought-provoking, discussion-worthy story, the book itself is an object of art."
-- New York Times

"The world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created – a world of infinite kindness, wisdom, mutual care and tenderness, and true love between real friends. My prayer/hope is that our world will become more like this one." -- Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

"I felt this book down to my core." -- Hoda Kotb

"Love, friendship, and kindness--this book speaks a universal language." -- Bear Grylls

"A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart" -- Richard Curtis

"Simply, the world need's Charlie's work right now." -- Miranda Hart

"A sweet tale rendered in swirly black calligraphy and watercolor. Childlike in its simplicity, its messages are universal. . . . Mackesy has brought people together." -- The Washington Post

"A lonely boy ambles through the countryside on a spring day, finding companionship: first meeting the mole, then the other animals of the title. As they walk, the new friends talk, wonder, share their hopes and fears and pose some big questions. . . . A big hit." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A delightful treat of a book. . . . If there were classes on how to be a good person, this book would be the textbook." -- Horse Nation

Readers Top Reviews

Kathy Kelley
This book is beautiful. I highly recommend. I can open to any random page and find encouragement. Mr. Mackesy, may you become a household name.
Charlie Mackesy's book is pure joy!! I read through it the day it arrived & I can already tell I will reread it over & over . . . hopefully, a few of those times will be with tea & cake. ? While reading it, I go back & forth between wanting to be still & sit in the quiet and wanting to get my sketch book & create in a flurry with pen & paint!! Love this book SO many . . . it's bound to be a classic for both children & adults alike not only for his artistic ability; but because he writes truth that every heart knows but that we have all too often forgotten!
M. Twohig
Winnie the Pooh and this magical gift of a book. I don't need anything else. Pairs beautifully with Kleenex and a pad of paper to write down all the names that *will* come to you as you're reading it who you just know will love it for the holidays or their birthdays or just because the sun came up. It's *that* enchanting. Hardcover is the only way to go.
Nadja O.
It was a pleasure to read about goodness, simple friendship, acceptance and hope. The drawings are beautiful too. I am going to find my fox, mole and horse now.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a beautiful, heartfelt book filled with characters each of us can relate to in some fashion. The conversations held between the Boy, and the friends he finds along the way, are a reflection of truths many of us have forgotten -- how to be gentle to ourselves and others. How to love without limit. How to walk with the ones we love, through all that life brings. As an aside, the evening we came home and found this book on our doorstep my severely dyslexic daughter slowly began looking at the illustrations, then took the book from my hands and started working hard to read -- really read -- the messages on each page. What a gift, not only to see her doing her best to make out words, but also to see her eyes light up as she took in the messages Charlie has authored. We all matter, we're all in this together, we can all love one another, despite our differences. I will be buying this book for all our loved ones this Christmas and I can't wait for my family journey with The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.