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Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, `The Unity Series'. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his two dogs.
Four very different characters take centre stage in this unusual and beautifully illustrated book. There’s a horse, wise and reliable; a boy, Christopher Robin-like in his curiosity and kindness; a mole, driven by an optimism, and love of cake; and a fox, vulnerable and in need of love and understanding. The story of their friendship is told through Charlie Mackesy’s evocative pen and ink sketches. Most but not all are accompanied by three or four lines of text, not so much a narrative but rather meditations, little flashes of insight into the human condition: “We have such a long way to go,” sighed the boy. “Yes, but look how far we’ve come,” said the horse. It’s a book full of tenderness and compassion, with much to make readers smile and more yet to prompt a sense of forgiveness, even of ourselves. Though simple enough for the youngest children, words and pictures will resonate just as much with adult readers. A very special book.
Brought to you by Penguin. Narrated by Charlie Mackesy. Discover the universal tale of four unlikely friends that has captured the hearts of readers of all ages, now available in audio. Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. Charlie's words and illustrations have brought comfort to many and have been shared online by readers around the world, as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, on magazine covers, on street lampposts in lockdown, in school classrooms, local cafes, and hospital ward walls. They've even been used as screensavers for NHS hospital computers in difficult times. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages. Enjoy the journey of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse brought to life in audio by its author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, with a beautiful music score and the real wildlife sounds of rural England. Charlie Mackesy's mesmerizing debut combines the simplicity of The Giving Tree, magic of The Velveteen Rabbit and the curiosity of Paddington. (Elisabeth Egan, New York Times) (c) Charlie Mackesy 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
'A sweet tale rendered in swirly black calligraphy and watercolour. Childlike in its simplicity, its messages are universal. . . . Mackesy has brought people together.' The Washington Post Discover the book everyone is falling in love with... Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together, in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. A book to treasure alongside the original blue edition, Charlie has drawn a new rainbow illustration to mark this particularly hard year. This edition contains a gold ribbon marker and is bound in green cloth. 'When the dark clouds come... keep going.'