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

Blurb: The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse are four friends who share a deep, unshakable bond. Through a series of brief but profound conversations, Mackesy teases universal truths and rich wisdom from the mouths of his characters, celebrating warmth and empathy in all its myriad forms. Exploring kindness through exquisite, sensitive artwork and delicate calligraphy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a moving study in friendship.

[no official blurb, so the above is taken from Waterstones]

Title: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy

Illustrator: Charlie Mackesy

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Fiction, Comic/Graphic Novel, Philosophy


This book follows a group of four, perhaps unlikely, friends as they walk beside each other through the trials of life.

I’ll start this off by saying that this book was, hands down, my favourite read of 2019. From the gorgeous, Winnie-the-Pooh-esque illustrations to the heart warming messages of love, this is a story that I know I’ll revisit for many years to come. If you’re after something that will instil a firm sense of the warm and fuzzies then you’ll find it in these pages without a doubt. The illustrations are artistic yet simple and are adorable enough to not need colour. They have a childlike feel that makes me feel nostalgic for the picture books of my childhood and really adds to the loving, homey feel of the story. The entire book adds up to an overall sensitive and deeply moving piece of literature that has become a firm favourite of mine.

This book is perfect for anyone, no matter their age or reading ability. The story is simple enough to be followed by children and the pictures are beautiful enough to become the focus for those who don’t/can’t read. There’s a lovely sense of positivity that goes hand in hand with this book, making it a thoughtful and loving gift for whoever may be on your list. Ideal for birthdays, Christmases or those just because moments, this book will provide its reader with a calmness that we often struggle to find.

Getting a bit more personal, I read this book during the first Christmas since losing my dad. If possible it made the messages inside these pages mean even more and it made my days a little easier amongst all of the festivities. I’d 100% recommend this book to anyone who’s going through a tough time, whether it be loss, mental health struggles or anything else that’s putting a dampener on your days as it really does give a kick of hope.

I usually try to balance out my reviews by including if there were any parts of a book that I didn’t like or would have changed. With this one, there is nothing. I can’t sing Mackesy’s praises enough here. If you’re the same as me, I’d recommend checking out his instagram page where you can find even more of his beautiful illustrations.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this to everyone, regardless of age or situation. Even if there’s nothing negatively impacting your life it’s still a wonderful book to have on your forever shelf. I truly feel that you could give this book to anyone and they’d get something positive out of it, no matter their age.

Below are a series of a few of my favourite pages for you to take a look at 😌
[click to enlarge]

Rating: 5/5

Recommend?: Yes!!!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you read anything similar? I’d love to know! 

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to discuss this book (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail ðŸ˜Œ

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