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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Charlie Mackesy (Autor)

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A modern, illustrated fable for readers of all ages that explores life's universal lessons from beloved British illustrator Charlie Mackesy.
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Títol:The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Autors:Charlie Mackesy (Autor)
Informació:HarperOne (2019), Edition: First Edition, 128 pages
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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.

WHY WASN'T THIS THE BLOOMIN' BOOK VERSION TOO?!?!

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. ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
I am in love with this book. I want everyone I know and don't know to read it ( )
  ChaoticGoblin | Jan 23, 2024 |
Can be enjoyed all in one go, or just a bit at a time. Like cake. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
¨If at first you don´t suceed, have some cake.¨

This was a sweet little book. Many people are saying much of it is cliches- but personally I didn´t care. The illustrations were beautiful and though there really wasn't a story, I enjoyed the inspirational quotes. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a touching narrative that unfolds as a young boy embarks on a journey in search of home. Along the way, he forms unlikely bonds with a brave and friendly mole, a hungry and ill-tempered fox, and a wise horse, creating a tale that is as enchanting as it is profound.

This book, which also doubles as a short film, is a true gem that resonates with themes of hope and optimism. It weaves a beautiful story that transcends age, captivating both young and old readers alike. The charm of this narrative lies in its universal appeal. There is genuinely something for everyone to learn from its pages.

The relevance of the story offers valuable insights and life lessons that are applicable to a broad audience. Whether you're a child captivated by the whimsical characters or an adult seeking a reminder of life's simple yet profound truths, this book delivers a message that is both timeless and universal.

The narrative unfolds as good fun and adventure, making it a delightful read. The heartwarming moments scattered throughout the pages are enough to bring a smile to anyone's face. The story, in its simplicity, carries a depth that is beautifully moving and sweet, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.

In summary, "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" is not just a book; it's a journey of emotions, a celebration of friendship, and a testament to the power of hope. Its universal themes and enchanting characters make it a must-read for those who appreciate stories that are not only entertaining but also carry a deep message about life. ( )
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This book is dedicated to my lovely kind mum, and my wonderful dog Dill.
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"I'm so small," said the mole.

"Yes," said the boy, "but you make a huge difference."
"What do you think is the biggest waste of time?"

"Comparing yourself to others." said the mole.
"One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things."
"Sometimes I feel lost." said the boy.

"Me too." said the mole.

"but we love you, and love brings you home."
"Doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing, is it?" asked the boy

"No," said the mole.
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