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

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this ebook

Charlie Mackesy’s beloved The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has been adapted into an Academy Award® winning animated short film, now available to stream on Apple TV+


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is not only a thought-provoking, discussion-worthy story, the book itself is an object of art.”- Elizabeth Egan, The New York Times

From British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy comes a journey for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.

“Kind,” said the boy.

Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages. 

Editor's Note

Quick pick-me-up…

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, this lovely illustrated book following the four titular characters as they wander the world will warm your heart. It’s full of simple, yet soul-affirming, platitudes about kindness, self-care, living in the moment, and plenty more, all while celebrating the beauty of friendship.

Release dateOct 29, 2019
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy began sharing conversations between the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse on his social media channels in early 2018. He published The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse in late 2019 and the book has since brought comfort and joy to over seven million readers worldwide. After two years of collaborative work, in 2022, the short film adaptation of the book will be released alongside The Book of the Film. Charlie collaborates with a number of charities, including Comic Relief—he created the iconic “Love Wins” t-shirt—as well as the NHS, Choose Love, WWF and The Samaritans. During the pandemic he donated prints, books, drew on hospital walls, and posted messages of support to NHS workers, which he continues. Charlie began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He spent time in America as a portrait painter and ran art therapy workshops for Alzheimer's sufferers and Holocaust survivors. He lived and painted in South Africa, and collaborated with Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, "The Unity Series." And worked with Richard Curtis on the set of Love Actually to create a set of drawings to be auctioned for Comic Relief. Away from art, Charlie co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci in Zambia. His 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.  He lives in Suffolk with his dog Barney.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It's more like a sequence of paintings than a book. It took me all of 20 minutes to read. There is a story, but it's very short. It's mainly a collection of cutesy counterintuitive ideas about life. I can understand why people like it. It fits well into the modern era of bite-size bits of content suitable for sharing on social media.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This book is so gorgeous. From the drawings to the thoughts, it all made me cry. Like [The Little Prince], it used few words and simple pictures to have the reader feel what friendship truly is. There are many quotable thoughts in this book to keep in your heart and in your soul.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It was very good and very deep it really made thing a lot about some of the things they said I loved it
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    An absolutely wonderful book to be read again and again, from beginning to end, in pieces, and any way that you want or need.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The book was great. The format was not that great.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It heals my heart with thought provoking words. Congratulations to the author.

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