Sunday, March 25, 2012

Children's Book Review: Zero the Hero

Zero the Hero

Zero the Hero
Written by: Joan Holub
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Published by: Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2012

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.

*  I enjoyed this book, though my kids were definitely too young to fully appreciate all of the humor.  I can see teachers using this in the classroom to go over the math properties of the number zero. Also touched upon are odd/even, Roman Numerals, and rounding.  All of the numbers have faces and different personalities which add to the humor.  There's also a storyline of friendship in this book as Zero tries to prove to his friends that he's worth something.  This is definitely a book that I will be rereading to my kids as they get older. 

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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