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.
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:
- 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.
- 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?)
- Each character has wisdom and love to add in his unique way, just like all of us.
- 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.
- 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.
- I like the handwriting font but some may find it difficult to decipher.
- Some people feel like it doesn’t read enough like a story or that it feels unfinished.
- 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.