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

I am on holiday in London and this morning we set off down the Kings Road to Waterstone’s book store and what did I see displayed in the window? The new book by Charlie Mackesy! I LOVE his work. So I went straight in and bought it. The young man at the desk told me I had made a “very good choice.”

Here is what Charlie Mackesy says in the introduction.

You started at the beginning, which is impressive, I usually start in the middle, and never read introductions. It’s surprising that I’ve made a book because I’m not good at reading them. The truth is I need pictures, they are like islands, places to get to in a sea or words.

This book is for everyone, whether you are eighty or eight—I feel like I’m both sometimes. I’d like it to be one you can dip into anywhere, anytime, start in the middle, if you like. Scribble on it, crease the corners and leave it well thumbed.

The drawings are mainly of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse. I’ll tell you a little bit about them–although I’m sure you’ll see things here that I don’t so I’ll be quick.

The boy is lonely when the mole first surfaces. They spend time together gazing into the wild. I think the wild is a bit like life—frightening sometimes but beautiful.

In their wanderings they meet the fox. It’s never going to be easy meeting a fox if you’re a mole.

The horse is the biggest thing they have ever encountered and also the gentlest.

They are all different, like us, and each has their own weaknesses. I can see myself in all four of them, perhaps you can too.

When I was making the book I often wondered, who on earth am I to be doing this? But as the horse says: “the truth is everyone is winging it.”

So I say spread you wings and follow your dreams—this book is one of mine. I hope you enjoy it and much love to you. Thank you. Charlie.

Charlie Mackesy

The book is illustrated with Charlie Mackesy’s wonderful drawings and there is no type….just Mackesy’s own words in pen and ink.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Sometimes nature gives answers to us through something. What I take from this post is, I don’t want to hurry in the name of trying and don’t want to give up in the name of patience I am going to wait with faith to achieve my small dream. Thank you so much.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Subbashini thank you for these words. What a wonderful way to approach life

      Like

  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks.

    What a great author philosophy!

    I’ll have to track this down.

    Regards Thom

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is a delightful book and I agree the author’s view of life is wonderful.

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  3. cigarman501 says:

    Love the illustrations!!!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing….the illustrations are wonderful

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I love them as well
      Thank you for commenting .

      Like

  5. Emma Cownie says:

    What wonderful illustrations!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Aren’t they? I love them

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      1. And the dreamy freedom our relationship with animals affords us :))

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  6. I’ve seen some of his drawings before circulating on social media, and I’ve really enjoyed them.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They are really wonderful and this book is a marvelous collection.

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  7. Looks like a wonderful book.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is full of charm and life wisdom.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is a delightful book. Thank you for commenting.

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      1. Laleh Chini says:

        My pleasure dear.❤️

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  8. geezer94 says:

    Wonderful book and post. The artwork is superb and inspirational. Thanks for sharing. g

    Liked by 2 people

    1. anne leueen says:

      So glad you enjoyed. Thank you.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. joe_mandiya says:

    I like your blog
    Please follow back

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