Zero the Hero (Hardcover)

By Joan Holub, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805093841, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/7/2013)

List Price: 18.99*
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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.

About the Author

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 120 children's books, including Zero the Hero, 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.

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