“Sometimes,” said the Horse.
“Sometimes what?” asked the Boy.
“Sometimes just getting up and carrying on
is brave and magnificent.”
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy may be exactly what we need right now. It not only holds words of wisdom that will ring true for both adults and children, but the book itself is a work of art. The calligraphic type and hand-rendered illustrations provide an intimacy and authenticity that make this book a rare treasure.
Sometimes we underestimate children’s books; we forget that adults can find comfort in the same words of assurance and hope. Reading an old childhood favorite can have a renewed sense of meaning especially during this current crisis. As if we are speaking once again with an old friend who reminds us: Don’t worry, you may be braver than you thought.