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

boy mole fox horseIn a time where many of us are filled with uncertainty and fear, we could all use a little sweetness and light, and this brief book provides exactly that. The simple story follows a lonely young boy who encounters a cake-loving mole, who in turn save a trapped fox, and then meet a horse described in the introduction as, “the biggest thing they have ever encountered, and also the gentlest.” They wander the countryside in the Spring, discussing life in a series of beautifully hand-painted images with water-color text. While it is formatted like a children’s picture book, and is more than suitable to be read to young kids, I think the sweet statements the characters share inside will be most appreciated by adults. This is an absolutely charming fable, that should bring a smile to most everyone’s faces, and possibly a tear or two to more than a few eyes. It seemed absolutely necessary when it was released last Fall, and feels even more so now. Beautiful. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell

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★★★★★ = Excellent | ★★★★ = Very Good | ★★★ = Good | ★★ = Fair | ★ = Poor

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