This book! The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Penguin Random House 2019) is the most beautifully illustrated, wonderfully worded expression of love, friendship and hope, by author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy.
I was gifted this gorgeous hardcover edition by Trent Dalton as a thank-you after a recent event. Apparently he has been giving out many copies, and I can see why. This wise, child-like, evocative meditation on friendship, being brave, forgiveness, strength, asking for help, kindness, fear, questions, silence, courage, truth, dreams, difference, freedom, beauty, curiosity, honesty, gratefulness, value, imagination, home and cake is rendered on thick, high quality pages with exquisite hand-drawn illustrations. I absolutely love this book so much. It is the perfect thank-you gift, or as a present for anyone who is feeling low or needs some encouragement. It would be great to read to children. It is brimming with love, kindness and an appreciation of the world and our places in it. If you are looking for a book gift for that someone who has everything, look no further. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a wonder.