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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse | Charlie Mackesy
251 posts | 227 read | 89 to read
From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores lifes 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 Mackesys 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.
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julieclair
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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is my all-time favorite gift book for any occasion, but particularly for graduates. But for those graduates who already have a copy, I think The Little Things in Life may be my next choice.

What books do you like to give as graduation gifts?

#LitsyLove #LitsyLoveBingo #GraduationGiftBooks
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TieDyeDude @Read4life

dabbe I've never heard of these! I'll have to check them out! 💙💚💙 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great ideas! 4w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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For anyone who needs to hear this today 💕.

dabbe 💙🩵💙 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

I can see this being of great comfort to a variety of readers. I loved the art style, the fluidity between more bare bones ink sketches and full colour painting. 1/2

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 My trouble is the faint rumours that reached me that I was trying to avoid from the hype train blasting by had me thinking I was going to encounter a new children's classic, and this reads more like the perennially valuable, but not new, cliched advice one finds in beginner philosophy/self-help books and the wall hanging plaque aisle in home decor shops, mixed with Christopher Robin's rare encounters with the denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood, rather than a narrative. To each their own. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 5mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Well this was a charming little read. 🤍

UwannaPublishme Agreed! 🙌🏻 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Darklunarose
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I love little books like this. The ones with little reminders that we matter, that we are enough, that love is the most precious thing.

My Mione cat says hi.

Jari-chan Hello Kitty 😻❤️ 6mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 6mo
AnnCrystal Epic “look“ Kitty Cat 😻💕💝. Too handsome! 6mo
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Darklunarose @AnnCrystal she really is! This is her “what are you eating and why are you not sharing” look 6mo
AnnCrystal @Darklunarose 😂Oh, that look! I recognize that “look“ now! 💕😻💝. Our little cuties are demanding ones, aren't they? 😂. 6mo
Darklunarose @AnnCrystal she do! They are cute furry overlords! 6mo
AnnCrystal @Darklunarose 😂😻💝. 6mo
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Darklunarose
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Some reading for this evening before bed.

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Doppoetry
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I wasn't sure I would complete my yearly challenge in time, and I had this book on my mind so I have finally read it.

I don't think I have ever cried so much while reading. It's wholesome good and kind.

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steph_phanie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was so lovely, so touching. I absolutely cried. ❤️

Am I crazy for now also wanting the original version of the book?

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GondorGirl
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On our way to set up for the show we stopped at the Toledo Friends of the Library sale! This is my 10$ stack of books, all of which I'm super excited about. 🥰

rubyslippersreads ❤️ the Oz book! 🌈👠 7mo
GondorGirl @rubyslippersreads there are so many pictures! I can't wait to have time to really look through it. 🌈 7mo
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lumbricuslibri
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So beautiful. 🥹

// a quick break from the Green Bone Saga.

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MartinaLove
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5/5 ⭐

It was really cute. Loved it!

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Chittavrtti
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CBee
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This might be one of the loveliest books I‘ve ever read. It‘s one I‘ll revisit 💚 The 11 year old liked it as well 😊
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Kind,” said the boy. ❤️❤️❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Bklover I love this book! 13mo
CBee @Bklover it‘s such a beautiful book 💚 13mo
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kelli7990
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Here‘s my review for a book I just finished. I‘ve been bailing on books all month because I haven‘t enjoyed them but I finally finished a book. This audiobook was only 1 hour long. I was beginning to worry that I was falling into a reading slump because of not finishing anything. However, I know that I can take a break from reading and focus on other hobbies if I need to and the books will still be there when I‘m ready to return to them.

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IndoorDame
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I loved this one so much! It‘s like Winnie The Pooh for Generation Alpha. #TemptingTitles #WithHorse @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheSpineView This is a great book! 1y
claudiuo I love this book so much, it's one of the books I gift a lot 😻 1y
Eggs Sounds like another for Mt. TBR😊😊 1y
IndoorDame @Eggs YES! It‘s short, sweet, and you‘ll fall in love with it!!! 1y
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LadyBird
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What a heartwarming little read! If you haven‘t read this gem, take ten minutes out of your day to do so; you won‘t be disappointed. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations, endearing characters, and wonderful words of wisdom.

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thestarlesscasea
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What could have been hopelessly trite
Is instead such a dang delight.
🎂🎂🎂

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Magdalenka
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Such a beautiful art work … love slow days at work when I can read ❤️

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Such a sweet book 🥹😭

5/5

Read for reading prompts

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Sharpeipup
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Beautiful sentiments paired with stunning illustrations.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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A lovely book that‘s a quick read but packs a punch. Contains many great reminders to be kind, to love, and to be gentle. Such a wonderful book to start off my reading year! 4/5⭐️
(January 2, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Totally agree! I loved this book! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Glad you‘ve read this one! I think it‘s something I‘ll return to again and again. 😊 1y
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Freespirit
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Lovely start to my reading year!
A book of friendship, love and dreams.
Oh and wonderful illustrations
Suitable for everyone of every age😊
Happy New Year xxx

CarolynM Happy New Year Sally🥳 1y
Freespirit And to you Carolyn. Xxx @CarolynM 1y
Rissreads I‘m late! Happy 2023 ♥️ 1y
Freespirit Thanks Narissa😊 @Rissreads (edited) 1y
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DGRachel
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Just as beautiful and heartwarming as the original book. I can‘t wait to watch the film tomorrow. 💖

robinb Ohhh, I didn‘t know there was animation! That book is so wonderful. ❤️ 1y
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julieclair
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I am giving this book to sooooo many people for Christmas this year. It is also my go-to gift for baby showers. It is a book to be savored, read only a page or two each day. Filled with simple, profound, uplifting, old-fashioned ideas on how to live a kind and caring life.

#WinterReadathonDailyChallenge , December 22, #WinterReadathon
@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

Andrew65 That makes a lovely gift. I love following his Twitter feed and the pictures he sometimes releases. 🎁🎁🎁 1y
julieclair @Andrew65 Great tip! I never thought to look for him on social. I am probably the only person on Earth who doesn't do Twitter, but I just checked Instagram, and I'm now following him there. 😃 1y
Andrew65 @julieclair I always love seeing his images, find they lift me. I got on Twitter from a professional angle, but don‘t do Instagram or Facebook - not enough hours in the day. 😂 1y
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julieclair @Andrew65 And what hours we have, we'd rather be reading! 😉📚📚📚📚📚 1y
Andrew65 @julieclair Exactly! 1y
DieAReader 🎁🎁🎁 1y
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DGRachel
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Made my final bookstore trip for the year today to pick up the two books from my Small Business Saturday order that weren‘t ready, and of course, grabbed a couple other books included this lovely companion book to Charlie Massey‘s animated story. I‘m going to save it for Jolabokaflod. I also picked up Cackle for #AuldLangSpine. 💖

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jdiehr
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Well, this was just about the most beautiful story ever

UwannaPublishme I agree!🙌🏻 1y
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Curvybookgirl
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Such a beautiful book. I‘m really looking forward to seeing the animation on Christmas Day

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Pickpick

What a sweet book!!! Loved it. Makes a wonderful present. The love is palpable and the illustrations are lovely.

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AmyK1
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“…But I‘ve discovered this-you are loved and important and you bring to this world things no one else can. So hold on.”

I never read the original version of this even though I have had it recommended to me several times. I saw this one at work and decided I needed to have it. I loved every minute of it. ❤️

LoverOfLearning Such cute book 2y
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megnews
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Beautiful. I‘ve been considering this one for awhile and was inspired by @Kristin_Reads this morning to download both the ebook & audiobook to listen as I read. What an amazing experience proving once again a book will finally come to you at just the right time. This is brief. Don‘t pass it by. Be inspired this holiday season and every day to be kinder with yourself & others. This may provide the quiet moment you need amidst the hustle & bustle.

Kristin_Reads I‘m so glad you liked it! Isn‘t it delightful?! (PS I didn‘t know there was another Krist(e)n Reads here with same name just spelled differently)! 2y
megnews @Kristin_Reads that‘s so funny because first I posted without the _ then realized that was someone else and thought I had it fixed. Yes it‘s an absolute delight and it is a great time of year for it. (edited) 2y
Kristin_Reads @megnews Apparently there are lots of us Kristi/ens who read! 😀 2y
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Kristin_Reads
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🎧 12-11-22 || I‘m not sure why I didn‘t pick this one up earlier but I‘m glad I did now. The end of the year holiday season seems like just the right time. On the advice of another Litsy reader, I listened to this one; it‘s delightful, with music and nature sounds and bonus commentary from the author. 🎧✨

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wen4blu
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“Hello”
#firstlinefridays

There‘s a new colorful version!

CBee Hi! Wanted to make sure you got a package from me yesterday? 🤞🏻 @wen4blu 2y
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IselaKay
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I needed a wholesome comfort read after the difficult semester I just had.

“…look how far we‘ve come” ♡

I recommend the audiobook, it has beautiful music and soothing wildlife sounds.

👦🏽🦡🦊🐴

Kristin_Reads I listened to this because of your post… it‘s delightful ✨ I hope your next semester is much better. (edited) 2y
IselaKay @Kristin_Reads I‘m glad you enjoyed it too! ✨ And thank you, just one more and I graduate! 2y
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IndoorDame
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This is Winnie The Pooh for the modern age, aimed at both adults and children. I read a Litsy review that suggested listening to the audiobook while reading this. I wish I remembered who‘s so I could thank them cause it was definitely the right call! The audiobook was narrated by the writer/illustrator, written partly as an accessibility aide for people who can‘t see the pictures or can‘t read the words. The result is that you get some of his 👇🏼

IndoorDame thoughts as an artist mixed in, and he almost becomes a 5th character
hovering out of view as he narrates his illustrations, describes his characters moving from one illustration to the next, and occasionally slips in some of their thoughts or motivations that don‘t appear in the actual text.
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AmyG This is the lovliest book. 2y
IndoorDame @AmyG It really is! It reminded me of these simple books my parents used to have on Buddhism. 2y
Kristin_Reads Just listened to this because of your post! It‘s delightful ✨ 2y
IndoorDame @Kristin_Reads I‘m so glad!! 2y
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vlwelser
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I did the #audiobook of this because it said there was music. And the author describes some of the pictures with extra background info. And tries not to laugh when he does the mole. It's actually quite enjoyable. I would recommend it. It's only about an hour.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks (this feels like cheating but I just ran out of free spaces anyway)

TheBookHippie Well I have to do this now 😂. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
marleed Oh I didn‘t even think to look for an audio. I‘ll do this soon. I love this book so much! 2y
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erickahhh
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Is this considered a children's book? I think it is an every-age book. This touches on important concepts like friendship, loneliness, the purpose of life, who we are, and working through challenges. The illustrations are beautiful and the hand-written text is unique.

If I had to explain the feeling of this book, it is like a long hug with a loved one or a warm cup of cocoa.

Mitch It‘s going to be a TV adaptation for Christmas I believe! 2y
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bookishbitch
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Library book finished. What an absolutely charming book. It is basicly a warm hug. Lovely insights that everyone can benefit from. I loved this so very much. I'm definitely going to buy a copy of my own to keep.

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LoverOfLearning
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Finally! Finally reading this masterpiece.

Shoutout to Libby for having this graphic novel on the app. I'm already so in love with it and I know I will cry at the end. Tears of happiness if you will. ❤

UwannaPublishme Love this book! 🙌🏻 2y
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Rissa1
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5⭐️
This book is all around beauty! It is going to be put in a place where anybody who walks in my house can see it, pick it up, and find simple joy.

truthinfiction I just started it this morning. What a coincidence!! 2y
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Rissa1
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This book was a Mother's Day gift. It is beautiful and this made me laugh out loud. "If at first you don't succeed have some cake."

Texreader One of the best books published! 2y
Rissa1 @Texreader so happy my husband saw it and thought it would be a great Mother's Day gift. I have fallen in love with it! 2y
Texreader @Rissa1 It‘s an awesome gift. A Litten sent it to me after a close friend died right at the beginning of the pandemic. So I gave a copy to a friend when she had to resume chemo. It‘s perfect for the right person at the right time. Your husband rocks 2y
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moasul
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"Love Brings you Home." said the Mole

LoverOfLearning Ugh I need to read this 2y
moasul Definitely; 2y
moasul It's just a kind of booklet; you will love it though 🤞 2y
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moasul
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Short But very Alluring fable 😇
Many thoughts are presented in a concise, clear and much easy way.
Have a good read 😊

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Texreader
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Posted by the author recognizing it‘s National Mental Health Awareness Week. https://www.instagram.com/p/CdYLagbMZOf/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Such an excellent book.

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rachelshareex
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👌