The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Charlie Mackesy


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From Our Blog: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Is Barnes & Noble’s 2019 Book of the Year. Read more


Perfect for gifting, our Exclusive Edition of our first B&N Book of the Year is a gorgeous package that features a cloth binding and heavy paper in a larger trim size that brings out the rich colors and the beauty of the Charlie Mackesy's artistry. A truly inspiring and beautiful gift.

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: 9780063018433
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/02/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 11
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
neil strong 4 months 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!
Connie Palmer 6 months 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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book was very inspirational and emotional for me with beautiful images. Even if this book looks like a children’s book, I recommend this book to everyone who loves creativity and emotional books and this is one of them.
dave61 3 months ago
You can read in ten minutes and pass along. A book of platitudes and cute sayings. Good message a lot of overlap with Christian message and Gods teachings.
Anonymous 3 months ago
At first glance, this book might appear to be for children....but it is really written so that adults can understand it. It is truly wonderful.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good for all ages
Anonymous 3 months ago
A must read for everyone,
Debra Zager 5 days ago
A beautiful book.A book we all need. If not today... One Day...
Dana Shehan 7 days ago
This is a great book! (If you know how to read cursive) I want everyone in this world to read this. Everyone needs to know that they are loved by someone.
jet123 11 days ago
loved it
Daniel Steiner 14 days ago
I smiled and cried all the way through.
Kathleen Starr 18 days ago
Creative in your writings, your drawings and one of the most insightful books I've read in a long time. Thank you for choosing to share such worthy wisdom in such simplicity.
downtownbrown 21 days ago
Absolutely a perfect book for holiday giving! A perfect read for all ages anytime! The simple sketches and script were concise but loaded with a message I needed to receive. Thanks to B & N for calling it to my attention by naming it Book of the Year. I bought several copies and shared it with a number of people who all loved it.
Anonymous 26 days ago
This is one of the best books for all ages and walks of life. The simple prose and plain illustrations are inspiring positive emotions from the beginning to the end, of friendship, love, unconditional support for the group, and extend the positive emotions to creatures great, small, and of any age they may be.
Anonymous 30 days ago
This was my go to XMAS gift. A book for every family to read together.
FrancescaFB 3 months ago
Beautifully written.
suzanne therrien 3 months ago
Very Sweet & Encouraging
Julie St.Hilaire 3 months ago
simple read with a huge message
Marila Marrero 3 months ago
A beautifully masterpiece.
babashopper 3 months ago
I've always loved books, even long before I entered kindergarten and could read them by myself. As a freshman in college, I chose literature as my major and quickly learned what I assume all serious lit majors eventually learn: There is oftentimes more Truth in good fiction than in any nonfiction. This book, in all its lovely simplicity, is a perfect example of this characteristic. The illustrations are sublime and the "font" chosen for the text adds to the total artistic effect. The book is just a gem in every way.
Anonymous 4 months ago
It made my heart happy.
Dustymot 4 months ago
Beautiful and very touching. Highly recommended. This is a book for everyone!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This a book that makes you laugh, cry and feel great.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Written in cursive script. Kids aren’t able to read it.