Zero the Hero Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 37 user ratings

" The numbers take the stage in this fun book (with illustrator Tom Lichtenheld!). I enjoyed the humor in the illustrations. And I loved the twist with the Roman numerals! So happy to have my own copy now, autographed by the illustrator--who is totally awesome (and posed with Bob the Turtle!). " said.

" Okay, any kid with a sense of humor will like this book. Some of the jokes make it more accessible to middle grades, but it would be a good story even for a kid who just needs to get a good sense of numbers and the way math works. 1st through 7th graders and maybe even older would enjoy it, so long as the older kids could get over the "picture book" thing. " said.

" Clever story, but the puns and wry humor are a bit lost on a K-1st audience, which is who I read it to! It would be a winner with 8-12 year-olds, though! Also, this book is better to read to yourself than as a read-aloud, because there are lots of random little speech bubbles all over each page in addition to the story. " said.

"Humorous math book - not quite about counting. Loved the little decorations adding funny details on nearly all the pages - for example, the tiny cop explaining that 0 does not equal donuts. Each number is imbued with his or her own personality which stays consistent through the book - 1 is a pickle-green winner, 2 is a frou-frou girly-girl, 7 is a surfer, 5 is a pocket-protector, bow-tie wearing nerd. The roman numerals who attack are shown as fierce, toga-wearing barbarians, and I liked the moment when 8 says to VIII, "So, it takes four of you to do my job?"
A welcome addition in any STEM classroom!
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"I really liked this predictable but still fun book about the number Zero. Zero, who fancies himself a hero and wears an awesome cape, ends up feeling useless after all the other numbers brag about themselves. He leaves his friends, who end up in a battle with Roman numerals. (The Roman numerals wear togas, yay!) Zero returns to help save the day and prove his worth.

Packed with math jokes, this is a book that will appeal to younger and older listeners. Recommended for grades 1 - 4. The third graders at my school do 'Wanted' number posters as a math project in the second quarter. I know their teacher will get a kick out of this book!
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"Have you read Emergency yet? It is this brilliant book about the alphabet letters and what happens when the letter “E” gets injured. Well, if you haven’t read that…consider it added to your to-read list. Seriously. It is hilarious! Anyway, this particular book is that level of comedy but with numbers. Oh yeah, numbers are just as important as letters.

So all the various numbers are gathered around and are talking about this or that. And Zero says, “From now on, call me Zero the Hero!” because he wants to be a super-number…or hero rather. All the other numbers laugh or disregard him and go on to prove just how “worth-less” zero is. Of course when Zero is told over and over again how insignificant he is, there is nothing to do but disappear. Then along comes (dun dun dah!) the evil Roman Numerals. They are taking all numbers captive and forcing them to become Gladiators in their giant gladiator (clock) ring. Who will save them? Who can conquer the evil Roman Numerals? Zero the Hero! With his amazing ability to do times tables he is able to save all numbers everywhere! (Huzzah!) Where would we be without this magnificent number? And where would we be without this superb book? Seriously, why haven’t you checked the book out of the library already? 5 stars (but don’t tell Zero, he doesn’t understand why zero stars is the epitome of perfection).
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"This is a fun book about numbers, specifically the importance of zero in our number system. The concept of adding, subtracting, multiplying and the impossibility of dividing by zero are all discussed in a dialogue-heavy format. With many word balloons all over the page, the book is a bit distracting to read aloud, but we still enjoyed reading it together.

I like that it reinforced the properties and importance of this number, substantially making our arabic numerals different from the Roman numerals. The interaction between the two systems was comical. This book has the charm of a comic book, but is educational, too.
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"I love the subtitle of this book: A Book about Nothing. And that's exactly the focus of this book about Zero, the place holder. But wait! Zero is so much more than a place holder, and this book tells why. Although Zero considers himself important, the other numbers taunt him because he is not useful when counting, and he has a self-identity crisis, often being mistaken for other round objects and being useless when it comes to addition, subtraction, and division. After the other numbers recognize that multiplying by Zero makes them equal to nothing, they run away, and in shame, so does Zero. Once the numbers realize that they need Zero and are captured by Roman numerals, Zero races to save them. As in the earlier E-Mergency!, the book contains delightful word play and ink, pastel, and colored pencil illustrations that allow the numbers's personalities to shine through. What a clever and amusing way to learn about math concepts!" said.

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