Sometimes, life can be a real downer. You might feel alone and unloved, and really the only thing you want is for someone to remind you that you’re special, and that you’re not alone. “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy is a book that will remind you of just that.
The story starts with the boy who immediately meets the mole. The mole is a tiny little animal with an affinity for cake, who constantly uses cake as a metaphor for love.
The mole goes on to impart wisdom to the boy. He talks about how even though the boy is small, it does not mean that the difference he can make is small as well. The mole’s whole message is that time should not be wasted by not confronting your fears. Instead, time should be used to conquer fears and make a difference, even if the difference is within the boy himself.
After a while, the boy and the mole meet the fox. To most people, a fox might look scary, and they might keep their distance. The boy and the mole don’t trust the fox at first, but after the fox shows that he is kind and friendly, they become friends with him.
The fox is the part of people that feel true beauty and worth is on the inside, not the outside, and that books should not be judged by their covers. Even though the fox doesn’t actually say much, everything he does say is about love and inclusion, and he tells his friends that they shouldn’t love him any less just because he doesn’t speak as much as them.
Finally, the boy, the mole and the fox meet the horse. He reiterates everything the mole and the fox have already said, as well as going on to say that change is both inevitable and celebrated. The horse goes on to say that being together is important and knowing that people care about you is essential.
This book is stunning, both visually and mentally. The drawings that accompany the words are beautiful and help put the reader into the story.
The book is a great one for those who just need to be reminded that they matter, that there are people who love you for who you are and that you are not alone.