Book Reviews

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse


I received this book as a gift from a good friend for Valentine’s Day in 2020.  At first I thought she was giving it to me because I am an elementary school teacher and it looks like a children’s book.  But she went on to tell me that Barnes and Noble had named this as the best book of 2019 and that she couldn’t agree more.  In fact, she reads a part of it each night before she goes to bed or whenever she is feeling anxious.  I gobbled up the whole of it in one sitting and could immediately feel all the good feels.

The Breakdown:

A boy is going on a journey, seeking answers, trying to find himself.  Along the way, he befriends a mole, a fox, and a horse.  Each character teaches him something about life and himself.

What I like about this book:

  1. You can flip it open to any page and it is still meaningful. No need to read this book in order, and therefore it makes a great coffee table book.
  2. The illustrations are simple and cute. The author even invites you to color them in and add to them. This way it becomes interactive and a more personal piece. (Who doesn’t love coloring books these days?)
  3. Each character has wisdom and love to add in his unique way, just like all of us.
  4. I can imagine so many possibilities for using this book! Not just reading it for a bed time story or keeping it as a coffee table book. It could lead group discussions or journal entry prompts.
  5. Using my high school writing teacher’s favorite phrase, “Short, sweet, and hard to beat!”  No need to worry that it will become just another book lying on your nightstand unfinished.

Fair Warning:

  1. I like the handwriting font but some may find it difficult to decipher.
  2. Some people feel like it doesn’t read enough like a story or that it feels unfinished.
  3. Many of the things the characters say could seem like cheesy platitudes to some people.

This book is not just for kids!  It is for anyone who needs a little encouragement or a reminder of the big picture. 

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