The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

by Charlie Mackesy


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From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable 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 based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together.

Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062976581
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 30
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Charlie Mackesy was born during a snowy winter in Northumberland. He has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, “The Unity Series.” He has lived and painted in South Africa, Southern Africa and New Orleans, and co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci, in Zambia, which helps families of low and no income to become beekeepers. He lives in London but is often in Suffolk. Visit him at

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Connie Palmer 23 days ago
Well said...focusing on what truly matters. Beautiful words paired with captivating artwork. Carries the reader on a journey of simple friendship and a glimpse into the beauty of the world we live in but often don't see.
neil strong 2 days ago
Loved this Book! Something for all ages in here. The simplicity and the truth in the story and illustrations really gets you thinking. Handed it to my teenage daughter as soon as I finished. Would make a great gift. Enjoy!