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June 1, 2018


By Zanni Louise and Philip Bunting, Scholastic Press, 2018.

‘Errol refuses to follow his mum. Even when she counts to three.’

Cover of a book with a drawing of a penguin wearing a red beanieFirstly, what a great name for a penguin!

Errol! is a very stubborn little Antarctic penguin, and his disobedience frustrates his mother no end. Errol refuses to follow his mum when she calls him, even when she counts to three!

One…Two…Three! And still, Errol does not follow his mother.

I think every mother and every child can relate to this story, no matter how old they are. Even as adults we would all remember our own mother counting to three and then either walking away without us, or losing it in some other way that isn’t PC to mention these days!

Why is Errol not following his mum? Because he has some adventurous ideas of his own!

When Errol’s mother thinks she’s lost him under the snow, she cries, but we soon discover that Errol has embarked on his own adventures beneath the surface.

Errol soon pops his head back up out of the snow and calls to his mother, then calls again. When she doesn’t respond he tells her he’s going to count to three. Well, this is a humorous role reversal.

Errol! is an absolute winner with the little ones, I’d recommend giving this little book a place on your shelf 🙂

With its touch-and-feel knitted beanie on the cover, Errol! will be a favourite with your own wee penguin.

Wrap Up


  • 7.5/10
  • 7.2/10
  • 1/10
    Educational content
  • 6/10
  • 6.5/10


  • Nice touch-and-feel cover.
  • Cute and humorous.
  • Simple yet effective illustrations.
  • Highly relatable, as each child will no doubt have heard 'I'm counting to three...'


  • Minimal text.
  • The humour could re-engage your child each reading, but it is a very short story.

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