Errol Come Home

By: Harvey Rooster

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Harvey Rooster is a pseudonym for a crime writer, who has taken time to foray into the world of children’s books. Errol Come Home is the first in a new series featuring Errol the Cat. At the beginning of the tale, we are introduced to Errol who is a sleek, black cat with green eyes the color of emeralds. He lives a magnificent life as he is adored by the couple who own him. Errol was born on a farm, but one day his fortunes changed when he was adopted by a man and wife who gave him meals with gravy, milk and his favorite, tuna. The only bad times happened when he had to go to the vet or his owners vacationed. Then he was put in a cage and placed in the “box on wheels” Soon he was home again snuggling up with his owners on the couch, and those bad times were easily forgotten,

One day something strange happened. He returned home to find two children with small hands who promptly yanked his tail. Errol yelped, stuck out his claws and ran. He had cut his master’s arm. So he spent the next few days outside hoping that those little hands would go away and that his masters would forgive him. After a few days Errol decided he could no longer bear to be away. So he jumped on the settee. But the little one was sitting there and he scratched her leg. Errol’s master threw him into the air and out the door. The next day, Errol was still despondent and very hungry! He heard his master and two little ones calling his name, but he thought it might be a trap. So when a kitten crept through the neighbor’s door, Errol decided to follow. He found a lady with red fingernails who caressed him gently. What will Errol decide to do? Should he stay at his new home or take a chance with his former masters? How will those little ones treat him? So many choices…Errol will need to make up his mind.

This story is very well written; it flows nicely. The book makes a wonderful read aloud for younger children. Jacoba Dorothy does a good job of illustrating and the paw prints on the pages are a nice touch. Children older than six may attempt to read the story independently, but vocabulary words like monotony and confronted will need adult explanation. I am looking forward to Errol’s Christmas and Errol’s Tuna Mystery, the next books in the series.