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Unlikely Heroes

Zero the Hero

CHRISTY OTTAVIANO BOOKS / HENRY HOLT

Written by Joan Holub

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. That's what all the other numbers think of Zero. He doesn't add anything in addition. He's of no use in division. And don't even ask what he does in multiplication. (Hint: Poof!) But Zero knows he's worth a lot, and when the other numbers are suddenly kidnapped by the Roman numerals, he swoops down to prove that his talents are innumerable.

"The tongue-in-cheek humor combined with Lichtenheld's wonderfully personified cast of characters (complete with sassy speech bubbles and expressive faces) makes this a book kids will reach for again."

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Visual jokes and graphic elements keep this mathematically accurate book humming with humor, nudging the funny bone of the confident and mathphobic alike."

HORN BOOK

"With cartoon energy and amusing visual asides, this story does for numbers what Laurie Keller did for states, and that's saying something."

BOOKLIST

"This tale not only reinforces mathematical principles, but also has a great message about friendship and personal feelings. It can be read aloud, alone, or performed as reader's theater."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

" . . . features walking, talking written characters (digits, in this case, rather than letters), accompanied by Lichtenheld's snappy, cartoon-style art."

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ACCOLADES

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Georgia Book Award Nominee 2013-14
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of 2013 selection

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