Nothing beats kindness – Review: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy


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 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

Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy


This is just a short but wonderful book, and it was such a joy to read it! It was adorable in every single way, but the words written really packed a punch that made me tear a little, and my stone-cold heart crack. This book is very light-hearted and cozy about a boy, a mole, a fox, and horse, and the friendship and adventures they all made together. It’s just a beautiful piece about self-discovery, hope, kindness, love, friendship, and family all rolled into one simple but impactful novel.

It’s definitely more than just a middle-grade picture book, just as the author mentioned. It’s a book that would also leave something behind in adults, because it aims to more than just entertain – but also teach. The cute simplistic illustrations and handwriting really complimented the book, and I just loved every single page of it!

I am so happy that a friend made me read this book, because it’s the best hour I’ve spent! I’m definitely going to reread this book over and over again! 

This is easily my favourite place’ said the mole

‘Why?’ asked the boy

‘Because you are all here.”

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy

My Rating

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About The Author

T.J. Klune (Author of The House in the Cerulean Sea)

Charlie Macksey 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.’ Collectors of Mackesy’s works include Elizabeth Gilbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Waters, Richard Curtis, The Murdoch Freuds, Tim Bevan, M. Night Shyamalan, Bear Grylls, Howard Goodall, Harry Enfield and Sting. He has lived and painted in South Africa, Southern Africa, and New Orleans. He co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci, in the Zambian copperbelt, which helps families of low and no income to become beekeepers.

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