The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The cover of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse is undoubtedly eye-catching, but what really stands out about this book is its heartwarming message. The book follows the adventures of the boy and his animal pals in the great outdoors. While the four friends walk through the wilderness, they share their greatest fears and desires. It is inspiring to see a group of friends, whether they are human or not, help each other through their worries. The boy is often the most relatable, as he worries about things a child or adult person worries about. The horse is wise, and gives good advice to the boy. The mole is comforting and soft, and helps the boy feel what he is sharing is valid. The fox is a bit colder and doesn’t talk as much, but when he does, it is meaningful. The beautiful illustrations that grace each page of this book make it feel all the more touching and personal. The overall message of the book is to feel, and to share your feelings. These characters remind us that everyone feels scared and worried about what they are facing in life, and that it is okay to ask for help from others. Although this book is targeted to a younger audience, its message relays to all ages. This book is perfect for someone who feels they need a little inspiration or comfort in their life. 

Review by Caroline, Teen Reviewer