Book Review—A Keeper: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse



The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy is a treasure. When purge time

comes for my overloaded bookshelves, this one will stay.


With charming ink and watercolor illustrations and hand-written script, this short book is

reminiscent of The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. It explores the budding relationships between these four strangers who meet and share their curiosity and wisdom about the world. It is a book that calms the mind and restores the soul. Here are two examples of the treasures found in The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.


“Being kind to yourself is one of the greatest kindnesses,” said the mole.

“Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole.

“I think I’m grateful to have a glass,” said the boy.


There is so much more. Reading this book is pure pleasure. It is enjoying every single page.


I invite you to be good to yourself. Sit down in your favorite chair. Open this book. Take your

time with it. As the horse might say, “There is no reason to hurry.”