I’ll be honest, I was given this book as a gift in 2020 but have only just read it. For once, I saw the short film before reading the book. The film of The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse, really moved me. So, I searched for the book which had been in storage since I was given it. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
This book follows the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse as they navigate the world. The boy first meets the mole, who says he so small but the boy tells him he makes a huge difference. In this book, Charlie Mackesy through his characters reminds both adults and children alike how they can make an impact, that storms will pass and that simply taking steps in the right direction, still show how far they have come.
Within the book, each character is different and relatable. The mole is a very funny character. The fox on the other hand has learned to be suspicious of the world around him. Whilst the horse has felt like he has had to hide his gifts from the world.
What did I think of The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse?
This is such a thoughtful, empathetic book. It openly talks about doubts and insecurities that we all face throughout life. But emphasises the need to be kind to ourselves and to others in a really innocent and heart warming way.
The story is beautifully complimented by the illustrations. I truly believe these speak for themselves. Some are just black and white but others have a pop of colour. It’s clear to see why this book touched so many people during the pandemic and continues to.
I’d highly recommend this book (and the short film) to everyone. It will speak to each person in a different way. So, if you haven’t already, make sure to get a copy.
Make sure to check out some of my other reviews and recommendations.
For example, Howl’s Moving Castle, Bloom, or book lists for World Book Day.