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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093841
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…cartoon energy and amusing visual asides, this story does for numbers what Laurie Keller did for states… (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)

Read this aloud to whet the new reader's appetite, but there is just so much to see that only a slow reading, with a magnifying glass in hand, will do. (Horn Book Magazine)

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

A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow--what could be better? (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Author

Zero the Hero grew out of a visit I made to a classroom. The teacher was using the Zero the Hero concept to teach place-holding to her students. In other words, Zero is a hero because he enables us to count beyond the number nine. Without him, we'd be like the ancient Romans, unable to do much in the way of math.

I immediately visualized Zero as an underdog math superhero, complete with cape. But it took me years to actually finish writing this book about him. Lucky thing, because the timing was perfect. The manuscript hit my editor's desk just as she was working with a wonderful, bestselling artist named Tom Lichtenheld, who agreed to illustrate it.

Zero the Hero subtly teaches place-holding and arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. It touches on stuff like rounding up and down, even and odd numbers--and the fact that the number eight looks like a snowman. But all of that is secondary. I just hope it's a fun story that you and your family or students enjoy!

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Nothing, nada, zilch ... zero.
D. Fowler
If i ever write a kids book this is how I would like to write.
Brandon R. Wilson
It is a funny story and the illustrations are great.
nymommyof2

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Zero stood proud and tall on a step stool with several other numbers on either side of him and announced, "From now on, call me ZERO the HERO!" Yeah, right. They looked at him in his crazy superhero getup, rolled their eyes and poked fun of him. Seriously, what was this guy thinking? All the other numbers had a special purpose, but Zero really didn't seem to fit in or play their games because he wasn't a counting number. Everyone knows that there are one little, two little, three little Indians allllll the way up to ten, but who ever heard of zero little Indians?

All the other numbers felt that Zero was so useless he'd never be able to play with them and number five declared, "Well, tough noogies. He's not a counting number so he can't play." When he tagged along with number one, he could be a ten, but sometimes Zero was mistaken for a donut (with sprinkles no less!). When Zero was added to or subtracted from any other number they stayed the same. Division made him look like a dud. Multiplication scared `em all away because everyone knows what happens when you multiply a number by zero. Nothing, nada, zilch ... zero. How could Zero (who wasn't looking quite like a hero) possibly show everyone just how special he really was?

This is an excellent introduction to the mathematical concept of zero that will excite young children. Zero the Hero is a fun and fabulous way to introduce children to the many uses zero has in mathematics. Each page comes alive with Tom Lichtenheld's vibrant artwork as the numbers talk to one another. In these pages we learn about several concepts emphasizing the importance of the zero and are briefly introduced to Roman numerals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun story; kids love it.

The book works for how adding zero gets you the original number; subtracting zero gets you the original number, and dividing by zero is impossible. However, multiplying by zero gets you ZERO! ANd then all the friends shun him. And then Roman Numerals come take the numbers captive.

But the REAL value of zero is not in multiplication; it is in zero as a placeholder. Not enough of that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm Mom on April 17, 2012
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My son (a kindergartener) loves this book, even though I doubt he understands how clever it is. He loves the illustrations and the comic-strip like conversations between the numbers. It is a very clever book that I'm sure older kids, who would catch on to the story better, would absolutely love. Okay, I admit...I love the book too.
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Every once in a while I get a chance to review a children's book. My kids are no longer interested in picture books, well...they have moved up to graphic novels! Joan Holub has written an amazing amount of children's books and I have read many with my kids. Her newest book Zero the Hero just came out and I was lucky enough to win a copy! Once I was done with it I donated it to my 10 year old's elementary school.

Poor Zero, all the other numbers (1-9) tease him because when playing addition, subtraction and division games he means....well, nothing! But when they get to multiplication, the numbers become scared of Zero because anything times zero is zero. Zero has the power to make them disappear. Zero only wants to help others and runs away so he won't hurt the other numbers. Of course after he has left the other numbers start to realize they need Zero, but before they can find him the Roman Numerals attack, spears, togas and all! Zero comes back to save the day and he shows the Roman Numerals what happens when he does multiplication (he uses a rock. Zero X rock = zero). The Roman Numerals get scared and run away.

This story is full of silly number puns that children and their parents can enjoy and the cheerfully bright cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld are full of visual humor. There is also a message about what it means to be a friend, this is an excellent choice for kindergarten through third grade kids.
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By Zapkode Marie on December 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
{My Thoughts} – Zero the Hero is a Hero in every sense of the word. He is the number Zero and he is needed to solve math equations that wouldn’t be able to be solved without him. Zero the Hero goes through the book feeling like he is a nothing a no number because in a sense he is – his number is Zero which means nothing. But eventually the other numbers start to realize how much they need him and him how much he needs them and he becomes a Hero by the end of the book.

I really believe my seven year-old son will enjoy this book. He is always interested in reading books that he can read out loud. A lot of the time I ask him to read quietly to himself. This book has eye catching illustrations that go hand and hand with the story written between it’s pages.

I am truly in love with the writing style of Miss Holub, she has such a knack for words. Her children’s books are so nicely written and illustrated. I really recommend her books for parents looking for books for their children. She also has Middle Grade Series that I have been reviewing as well, look into them, they are some of the best books I have read and I am sure you and you children will enjoy them as much as my children and I are.
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