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

Hey Loves!

How are you all? I hope everyone is well and embracing the lighter days and evenings. It’s been a bit of a strange time for me so I apologise for the absence. School is interesting, especially in light of the recent announcements. I’m sure everything will make sense soon enough. As long as I am doing the best for my students, that’s all that matters. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel now.

I’m sure we all have worries and concerns, the same worries we have had for the past twelve months really. We have all been affected by the pandemic – whether we have been poorly or lost someone we love. In these times, I know I am missing the physical contact with people – I love a good hug! But I am certain that this won’t be a negative post – that’s not my style at all! I want to share with you a book that felt like a hug. It’s beautiful in every sense of the word. Of course, I am talking about The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. 👦 🦊 🐴. I really hope you enjoy the post and the book as much as I did. Consider this my virtual hug to you all during these trying times. 💜

What’s it all about?
Following numerous Instagram posts showing the illustrations of a young, lonely boy and his animal friends in 2018, the book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, was born. It tells the story of a lonely boy who ambles through the countryside on a glorious spring day.

The first animal the boy meets is the mole. They become friends and continue the journey, meeting the fox and the horse. On this journey they talk about anything and everything. They form a companionship and become great friends. They share their hopes and their fears with each other and provide each other the support they need. The boy is no longer lonely.

Whilst asking the big questions life throws at us, each animal has a different reaction. The fox is usually silent whereas the horse and the mole offer reassurance and wisdom. Don’t misunderstand the silence from the fox. His presence is just as important as the advice given from the other animals.

Each animal represents a different part of us as human beings. The boy is naturally inquisitive with so many questions about the world. The mole (arguably my favourite) is overly enthusiastic and a lover of cake. The fox has clearly been hurt and upset and is now distrusting and sad. The horse represents the wiseness, the deepest part of us. Each of us can relate to each character in the text. That’s what makes this so magical. By the end, your heart and harmony will be restored.

Final Thoughts
I love this book. I genuinely love this book. I think everyone should read it. It gave me a little boost that I so desperately needed. As I said at the start, I wanted to share this with you all so it brings you the joy it bought me. If you’ve read it, I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. Whilst this doesn’t have a linear structure, it is more episodic and showing the different fears we all have and the joys that friendship and companionship bring to our lives. The calligraphy writing is stunning and I wish I could do that myself to be fair. The illustrations are also beautiful. The two things work together to create a sublime book. 👦 🦊 🐴

Continue to look after yourselves. Stay safe. I’ll see you at the weekend for a roundup of this month.

Big love all xxxx

Author:

“From that moment on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again.”

34 thoughts on “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – Charlie Mackesy

  1. Hi Books and Bakes – I’m so glad to be connecting with you here today! It’s been so long since our lives have been normal. Sometimes I can’t even believe it. My work environment is very different than it used to be, although on Monday, the library is allowing seating after a long period of no chairs. I’ve seen this book reviewed enthusiastically somewhere else too – I think possibly at the library. Thanks for sharing it. Take care of yourself 🧡🧡🧡

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    1. Book Club Mom, you’re so right. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to teach in my own classroom. Instead we have the students in one place and we run around. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to do group work and have students walking around. Never mind. As long as it keeps us safe, that’s the main thing. I just miss the world and there’s so much sadness which is the main reason I shared this book. I’m so glad you like it. I hope all the positive changes at the library go well. I’ll be thinking of you! 🧡🧡🧡

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      1. I’m actually looking forward to it because we’ve mostly been the rule enforcers when there’s been no seating (lots of creative seating goes on there – floors, tables, etc). That’s tough. People want a place to go, but we haven’t been able to provide it for them. Take care 🙂

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  2. It’s been a secret dream of mine to write and illustrate a picture book one day, and I hope it will be as beautiful and comforting as you found The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.

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      1. I’ve just now made a note of the title so I can look for it. I’m tempted to try the library first but I’m not sure as it looks so charming I believe I’d like to own a copy for myself. Thank you 😊

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      2. I absolutely love it. I’m going to get another two copies to give as gifts. It’s just lovely, the story and the illustrations. I was very touched by it and am so grateful that I found your post recommending it. It has already made a difference for me. Thank you so kindly ❤️

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