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

‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ is a heart-warming picture book, filled with valuable life lessons. The one-page conversations between the characters are individual and so you can start on any page you want, and you will not be lost.

This novel is beautiful and clever in its simplicity. The drawings and sometimes even sentences are incomplete and imperfect, which creates an amazing experience. I have finished it in one sitting, but I can see myself coming back to my favourite passages when the time comes.

The messages depicted in this novel are thought-provoking but not unique ones. They are the universal truths that a lot of us would already know, perhaps without realising it. It is sweet and short and therefore, not for every reader, some people may deem it to be an unsuccessful book. It does not contain storyline as such and I view it as not a novel to read through, but rather one to come back to, to read the hope-filled dialogue in a time of need.

The illustrations are spectacular, I loved that they were messy. On the other hand, the font itself was a little bit hard to read as it looks handwritten, however, being a person with not the best handwriting myself, I could not blame the author for it. I found it to be a nice, personal touch to the book.

Thank you for reading this review and until next time, Dream on, Dreamers!

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