Picture of author.

Charlie Mackesy

Teoksen The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse tekijä

15 teosta 3,362 jäsentä 133 arvostelua 1 Favorited

Tekijän teokset

Merkitty avainsanalla


Maa (karttaa varten)
England, UK
Northumberland, England, UK



The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a cute little illustrated story following a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse as they meet and share life advice with one another. There is no clear plot line, nor do you learn much about any of the characters.

It is quite a cute story, with beautiful illustrations. The life advice shared is more on the cliché end - things you would hear as more general advice. Additionally, the text is incredibly difficult to read due to it being in a handwritten font; I had to spend more time figuring out what some of the words were than actually reading the book.… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Griffin_Reads | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 10, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this one.
Such lovely nuggets of wisdom hide within and it’s in a fun and simple communication that a child will understand.
Merkitty asiattomaksi
RochelleJones | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 5, 2024 |
Egyetemes, szívmelengető mese, ami egyaránt szól idősekhez és fiatalokhoz.

Egy kíváncsi kisfiú, egy mohó, élettel teli vakond, egy nehézségektől megviselt róka és egy bölcs, szelíd ló barátsága.
Ők négyen felfedezik a nagyvilágot.
Kérdéseket tesznek fel egymásnak.
Viharokat élnek át együtt.
Megtanulnak szeretni.

Ez a könyv óda az ártatlansághoz és a kedvességhez, olyan élettanulságok gyűjteménye, ami már milliók szívét érintette meg.… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Tompowsky | Feb 26, 2024 |
I'm a primary school teacher. This year our school decided that we were going to use this book for world book day as a common theme for each class' work, which was how I came to read it. I'd heard about it previously of course - who hadn't after Christmas 2019 (Waterstones Book of the year, popular stocking filler/go to gift etc.) and had even thought about buying it if a second hand one came about.

I've now read it.

I don't get it.

I don't necessarily mean that I don't understand why people love the book, but more so why people can't see it for what it is - a (in my opinion) publisher influenced money spinning collection of fragmentary and incomplete, tenuously linked platitudes which would be more at home on little pieces of paper stuffed in fortune cookies than on the pages of a national book award winner marketed somewhat as a book for children! (Why children? Children are not in need of mawkish platitudes played on heartstrings of mistakes, regrets and sentimentality)

The mystery continued and became rather more complicated however, when I downloaded the audiobook version. I began to notice that Charlie Mackesey's reading (which was well done, he has a very engaging voice by the way) contained a considerably more rounded story. By all accounts, he had used the instagram snapshots which made his book so widely loved, and filled out the twee philosophical musings of a boy and three animals into a coherent and - get this - enjoyable story!

So I ask you.


It was infinitely better, infinitely more accomplished and everything the book should have been.

Which leads me to this dual frustration.

1. Why is the audiobook, which is so much better, not the book?

2. Why don't/can't people discern that the actual book is severely lacking 'stuff'.

I mean, it's so obvious isn't it? Is it an 'ignorance is bliss' scenario? - that without hearing the better version the existing one maintains some sort of illusory greatness? Yet to me, the book was so evidently weak, how could this be true?

I don't know. I feel like the guy who is well aware that the proverbial emperor's marching about in his underpants.

Suffice to say, all the school loved it, as did the children. Ultimately, I am not one to ignore the greater value held in inspiring young readers to love books and any book that does so is incredibly valuable. So, take my criticism with a pinch of salt, I'll just avert my eyes!

p.s. My ire isn't toward Charlie Mackesy since he's respectfully made accomplished segements/pages of art (not to mention a commendable audiobook story - ha!) He seems like a good guy. My ire is rather aimed at the publishing world and how they and the reading public create a reading climate that heralds such works. Let's have higher expectations, greater discernment and, as a result, a greater quality of book winning national awards.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Dzaowan | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 15, 2024 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Arthur Japin Translator


Arvio (tähdet)
½ 4.3
Kuinka monen suosikki

Taulukot ja kaaviot