Book Review: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse…

About the Book:

A reminder of what truly matters, as told through the adventures of four beloved friends. Based on Charlie’s daily Instagram.

Discover the very special book that has captured the hearts of millions of readers all over the world.

A 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 boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online – perhaps you’ve seen them? They’ve also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie’s most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

My Thoughts:

I’ve been following the Facebook page of Charlie Mackesy for quite some time now as I particularly like his artwork. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse puts me in mind of the original Winnie the Pooh works, with its quaint style and words of wisdom. To see the artworks collected into this volume is such a treat and the book itself is presented beautifully, making it a real treasure to keep or give as a gift. After reading it, there are a couple of people that have instantly popped into my mind as those who I want to send a copy to.

There is comforting aspect to this book that lends itself to being gifted, I think. It’s also the sort of book that is suitable for all sorts of readers. You can read it from start to finish, as I did, or you can randomly open it at any page and just dip in and out of it as you wish. Don’t be fooled either into thinking that this is a picture book and therefore just for children; it’s more of a treasury, a volume of wisdom, and while it is suitable for children, it’s also appealing for adults of all ages and stages of life. I just loved this book. I really think it deserves a home on everybody’s shelf.


About the Author:

Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, ‘The Unity Series’. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his dog.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Published by Penguin Random House Australia (Ebury Press)
Released 10th October 2019

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