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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story (Deluxe Edition)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story (Deluxe Edition)

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story (Audiobook)


From Charlie Mackesy, the New York Times bestselling author of the internationally beloved tome, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, comes a companion book to the Academy Award® winning film adaption —now streaming on Apple TV+.

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A journey, in search of home...

This beautifully hardcover edition of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse celebrates the work of more than a 100 animators across two years of production–with Charlie Mackesy’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full color with hand-drawn traditional animation and accompanying hand-written script.

“I made a film with some friends about a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse—their journey together and the boy’s search for home. I hope this book gives you courage and makes you feel loved.” Love Charlie x

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Editorial Reviews

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is not only a thought-provoking, discussion-worthy story, the book itself is an object of art.”
— New York Times

“The world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created – a world of infinite kindness, wisdom, mutual care and tenderness, and true love between real friends. My prayer/hope is that our world will become more like this one.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

"I felt this book down to my core." — Hoda Kotb

"Love, friendship, and kindness--this book speaks a universal language." — Bear Grylls

"A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart" — Richard Curtis

"Simply, the world need's Charlie's work right now." — Miranda Hart

“A sweet tale rendered in swirly black calligraphy and watercolor. Childlike in its simplicity, its messages are universal. . . . Mackesy has brought people together.” — The Washington Post

“A lonely boy ambles through the countryside on a spring day, finding companionship: first meeting the mole, then the other animals of the title. As they walk, the new friends talk, wonder, share their hopes and fears and pose some big questions. . . . A big hit.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A delightful treat of a book. . . . If there were classes on how to be a good person, this book would be the textbook.” — Horse Nation

A Heartwarming and Uplifting Journey

"The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy is not just a book; it's a deeply moving experience. This beautifully hardcover edition of the New York Times bestseller takes readers on a heartwarming journey, exploring themes of friendship, love, kindness, and self-acceptance. Through its enchanting and poignant storytelling and Charlie Mackesy's distinctive illustrations, the book comes to life with full-color hand-drawn traditional animation.

The animated version of this beloved tale was brought to life by a team of more than 100 animators across two years of production. Their efforts capture the essence of the story, making it a truly immersive experience. The story revolves around a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse on a journey of discovery, love, and courage. As you delve into the pages, you'll be transported to their world, guided by hand-written script and the same quotes that touched the hearts of many.

Readers have shared the profound impact of this book, making it a keepsake to turn to on challenging days or a gift to lift the spirits of someone who may be struggling. The story's universal message reminds us to treasure the simple joys in life, to embrace our vulnerabilities, and to be kind to ourselves and others.

If you're seeking a captivating, heartwarming, and beautifully illustrated book, "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse" is a must-read. Its inspirational narrative is perfect for both children and adults, and it's an enchanting journey that will leave you with a warm and uplifted spirit.

Discover why this book has resonated with readers worldwide and explore its delightful pages to experience its magic for yourself. Get ready to be moved and inspired by the remarkable journey of a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse. -- Starry Ferry Books

About the Author

Charlie Mackesy began sharing conversations between the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse on his social media channels in early 2018. He published The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse in late 2019 and the book has since brought comfort and joy to over seven million readers worldwide.

After two years of collaborative work, in 2022, the short film adaptation of the book will be released alongside The Book of the Film.

Charlie collaborates with a number of charities, including Comic Relief—he created the iconic “Love Wins” t-shirt—as well as the NHS, Choose Love, WWF and The Samaritans. During the pandemic he donated prints, books, drew on hospital walls, and posted messages of support to NHS workers, which he continues.

Charlie began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He spent time in America as a portrait painter and ran art therapy workshops for Alzheimer's sufferers and Holocaust survivors. He lived and painted in South Africa, and collaborated with Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, "The Unity Series." And worked with Richard Curtis on the set of Love Actually to create a set of drawings to be auctioned for Comic Relief. Away from art, Charlie co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci in Zambia. His work features in books, private collections and public spaces, including Highgate Cemetery in London, in hospitals, prisons, churches, and university colleges around the UK, and in women's safe houses around the world.

 He lives in Suffolk with his dog Barney.

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