Let me introduce you to the beautiful human that is Charlie Mackesy and his incredibly empathetic drawings that have been spread all over noticeboards, walls and the internet in the last year.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse is one of those books that you know was waiting for the right time to make itself known in the world when it was most needed. It has been heralded as this generation’s Winnie-The-Pooh, which is a great honour and proclamation, and entirely fitting for the story and the messages it contains.
The whole book is made up of beautiful ink drawings with the occasional watercolour, and short, profound messages of simple wisdom, reminders and life advice. It focuses on the universal messages of love, friendship and kindness and how to navigate difficult times. There is so much hope radiating from each page of the book and is perfect for reading all the way through or just opening up to a random page. Once I start reading however, I usually can’t stop until I’ve read it all and never want it to end!
I don’t want to spoil the joy of the book for you by describing any more!
Charlie Mackesy’s sentiments come from experience with difficulties in his own life and his empathy for the human condition has resonated so strongly with people all over the world. His drawings have been posted on the walls and notice boards of schools, hospitals, and public places to boost morale during COVID-19 and tough lockdowns. If there was ever a time when we needed Charlie Mackesy’s drawings, it would be over the last year.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for every age and at any time in their life, especially when going through a crisis or tough time.
Take heart, Readers. I’ll keep the light on.
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