Step into Charlie’s world where four creatures befriend one another and teach us some of life’s important lessons. We live in complex times, and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse provides a message of hope and understanding alongside illustrations you’ll cherish.
When the Boy encounters the Mole, they are full of questions for one another.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Kind” said the boy.
Each inquiry is answered honestly and simply – establishing this unlikely pair as friends. As the story progresses, The Fox and The Horse join the adventure. Each creature bringing a different element of wisdom. The journey through the early spring snow and sun reminds us that ever-changing weather can be braved with friendship.
I am Really Into This book. If you buy one book for your children, family or friends this year, let it be this one. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse has a charm and insight that resonates with each reader. Mackesy’s drawings are whimsical, fluid and playful – drawing us deeper into the story. Like The Little Prince, each time you pick up this book, you discover something new about the characters and about yourself.
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Charlie Mackesy was born during a very cold snowy winter in Northumberland.
He never went to art school but spent three months in America with a portrait painter where he learned about anatomy and how to deal with bed bugs. He began as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press before being taken on by galleries.
Charlie’s work features in books, private collections and public spaces, including Highgate Cemetery in London, in hospitals, prisons, churches and university colleges around the UK, and in women’s safe houses around the world.