Hoda felt this book down to her 'core' — see her emotional chat with its author

Hoda felt this book down to her 'core' — see her emotional chat with its author

2/22/2021 11:20:00 PM

Hoda felt this book down to her 'core' — see her emotional chat with its author

Hoda Kotb interviewed Charlie Mackesy, author of 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,' on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

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Learn more about Shop TODAY.Millions of fans have been uplifted by the work of author Charlie Mackesy, but Hoda Kotb learned in an emotional interview with the British illustrator that the personal stories of those touched by his bestselling book are where he draws his own inspiration.

Hoda is one of many fans of Mackesy's book,which has spent 63 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold more than a million copies.WatchTODAY All Day! Get the best news, information and inspiration from TODAY, all day long.The tale of friendship between the four title characters and the inspirational lessons they learn along the way was originally released in 2019 with the publisher intending to print about 10,000 copies. It has since become a runaway bestseller that Hoda has regularly gifted to friends and family, saying the book hit her to her"core." headtopics.com

"To be truthful, I think I live a bit vicariously through other people's responses to the book," Mackesy told her Monday on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna."And so I get hit hard by people who tell me that they've been hit hard by a certain drawing.

"And that moves me really, really deeply. If something has had an effect on someone else, then my emotion joins in with it."Feb. 22, 202102:17Two stories that readers shared with him moved him to tears as he recounted them to Hoda."One of them, I got very recently, and he was saying that his father is 90 and has Alzheimer's and doesn't know them anymore," he said."But he has the book. And he told me that the only way they can connect with him, emotionally in any way at all, is to sit and read the book with him.

"So you've got grandfather, son, and grandson sitting together, reading this book. And that's how they connect."Mackesy had an even more profound experience with a young reader at a book signing in Oxford."There was a queue of people, and I was just signing and listening to their stories," he said."And right at the end of the queue was a boy. He must've been, like, 19, and very quiet, and you could tell by the way he stood that he was a shy person.

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Ordered mine before the piece was over! I Loved the interview I want the book 📚 what a nice man