Review by Emma Welch, $22.99
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse” a mouthful of a title for a delightfully simple book.
When you sit down to read any story you might have a set of expectations, or preconceived ideas about what you are going to experience. This sweet little book however, will break and exceed all those expectations. I know it sure did for me.
The first surprise was that it is in fact not a story in the traditional sense, it is more of a collection of sayings, scenes, and heart-warming moments. This makes it the epitome of a light, happy read. All these small dialogues ultimately do make a story, it is just up to the reader to figure out precisely what that story is.
The second surprise is how despite the fact that it's all these small glimpses, you fall head over heels in love with each of the characters. There’s the boy with all his questions and concerns about life, the mole who loves cake and always has something interesting to say, the fox who seems to have been hurt before but finally now feels accepted and really doesn’t talk much, and finally the sweet gentle giant of a horse, who is wise and makes everyone feel at ease. Following these characters as they get to know each other and the forest around them is a real joy.
The third surprising thing about the book is its format. You might be expecting a regular book, with straight lines of text and maybe a neat little illustration here and there, but that is not the case. Without ruining the enjoyment of discovering for yourself what lies inside, I will say it is stunning and inspiring, and, as an artist myself, I was encouraged by the unusual but breathtaking design of the book.
This collection is not just for children, but for anyone at any stage of life. There are takeaways in its wisdom about life, friendship, self-worth, and of course, cake. It has the gentle lovability of Winnie the Pooh paired with the introspection and character dynamics of Calvin and Hobbes. This heart warming book is a real treasure for your bookshelf.