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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Hardcover – October 22, 2019
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“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)
"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)
About the Author
Charlie Mackesy was born during a snowy winter in Northumberland. He 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.” He has lived and painted in South Africa, Southern Africa and New Orleans, and co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci, in Zambia, which helps families of low and no income to become beekeepers. He lives in London but is often in Suffolk. Visit him at charliemackesy.com
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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.
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!
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Thank you Charlie for this gift you have given us all...
Just to add that the corner of the book arrived damaged (photo) which was an initial disappointment until I realised the book needed cherishing more because of that!
(But dont like to think of this having happened on a wider scale...
Also, while I recognise the mole saying "eat cake" is only meant as a joke and isn't to be taken seriously, this is the only real practical advice in the book and seriously trivialises the mental health issues the book aims to draw attention to. These issues are serious and advice more meaningful than "eat cake" would have been appreciated.
No this was not a Story for me but a bunch of fluffy happy things to say to your favourite stuffed Animal when your bored. I did not like it and neither did my Child.
This book was just stunning. Somehow, through the pictures and words, I've felt more at peace today having read it, than I have for such a very long time.
I'm a rational, straight thinking type of person, but I've had knock back after knock back and major life changes for too long.
But, this book somehow reaches into you, draws you in and, somehow, makes you see that it will be ok after all. Somehow. And I don't know how, but I'm truly grateful I've found it.
I'll keep this book for the rest of my days and read it often. A truly beautiful read.
More importantly although I bought it for myself, I am keen for my teenage sons to read it. One is anxious and insecure and the other is hormonal and moody but I think they can benefit from it too probably in a different way to me. But nevertheless it’s a keepsake everyone should have to delve into when you need some tlc and reaffirmation of kindness, goodness and love.
The book is going to live by my bed and I will reach for it and read it and remind myself of all the important words of wisdom when I need them. I would recommend everyone has a copy of Charlie’s book.