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Zero the Hero

Zero the Hero

Joan Holub; illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


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 get into trouble, he swoops in to prove that his talents are innumerable.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Zero the Hero book trailer

Zero is a number, and a very important number ~ but all the other numbers are having a hard time figuring out just how important he really is. In this hilarious new book by Joan Holub and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld, we learn the value of the letter zero, and have some laughs along the way. Enjoy this cleverly crafted book trailer, featuring numbers 1-9, and of course, the star of the show, Zero himself.

Praise for Zero the Hero

“…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


In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of ZERO THE HERO . The counting numbers get their comeuppance in the havoc that breaks out after they fail to believe in Zero's heroic powers. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

Joan Holub; illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 120 children's books, including Shampoodle and Groundhog Weather School. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tom Lichtenheld has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Cloudette and Bridget's Beret. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling books, Duck! Rabbit! and Shark vs. Train. He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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