The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Gift book?, Graphic Novel?
Published: 10 Oct 2019 by Ebury Press
Page count: 128
My Format: ebook via Overdrive
Cover: Attractive
Pacing: No pace
Ending: No ending
Would I recommend it: No
Commission Link: Buy The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

My rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Synopsis from Goodreads
Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

My Thoughts
Huh? I’m not sure what I just read. Here are my pros and cons for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse:


  1. Illustrations are cute, although a bit rough around the edges… literally.
  2. The mole and the cake references were cute.


  1. Cursive is sometimes difficult to read.
  2. There is no story – this is a gift book at best.
  3. This is just a collections of platitudes that we’ve all heard or read before. There is literally nothing new to see here.

I saw another reviewer note that this book was basically “Instagram wisdom” and that is exactly what this is. [Credit to the person who said that first – I wish I had noted who it was.] This is just a collection of feel-good statements bound up in a book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think reinforcing kindness, for example, is a bad thing… but this book was over-the-top saccharin for me. It is like the corniest Hallmark card you can think of, but 128 pages worth!

Besides the platitudes, there was no story. The only real connective tissue in the book was the mole talking about cake from time to time. I was expecting a story of some kind and instead I got a bunch of clichés… so I was really disappointed. I’m glad I didn’t spend money on this.

Again, I appear to be in the minority here. I’m glad others liked it, but I really didn’t.

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(image from Goodreads)

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