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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Holub Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781470348458
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Award-winning children’s author Joan Holub has penned over seventy books for young audiences in her decades-spanning career. In Zero the Hero, Holub offers a humorous and lighthearted look at one of math’s most overlooked, yet essential, figures—the number zero. All the other numbers scoff at Zero’s value, but as soon as one of them gets into trouble, guess who lands on the scene to save the day!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hero and some villains and good winning over evil…all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow—what could be better?”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelin | 2/15/2014

    " Very witty, very sweet book about the importance of the number 0. I think parents will get a kick out of some of the little sayings. Kids will have a great time learning that numbers can be fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelli | 2/15/2014

    " Elementary school teachers will LOVE this book. Great way to teach different math facts in a fun way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) | 2/11/2014

    " This one is for two different audiences. The first level is the basic story. Then for older kids and adults all the smaller speech bubbles and secondary text will provide more entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Salas | 2/10/2014

    " Very funny story about the trials and tribulations of Zero, who wants to be a hero. Nobody thinks he's important, but when he leaves, things start to fall apart. Number puns abound, and Zero rescues all the other numbers from Roman gladiators! So creative and outlandish! And Zero finally gets to be a hero at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Smith | 2/7/2014

    " What a great book to discuss place value. The book really demonstrates to student the importance of the number zero. Fun illustrations and cute plot line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/5/2014

    " Puns galore! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristanne Duncan | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! Throughout most of the book, all of the other numbers make fun of zero. They say that he is nothing and he has no purpose other than being a place holder. I loved the comments made by each of the numbers, they are very funny. Numbers one through nine tell zero that when he is added or subtracted, nothing happens! But they soon find out what happens when they are multiplied by zero. They become nothing too! As you read on you learn that zero is so much more than just a place holder. This book teaches the importance of the number zero in a very clever way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/30/2014

    " Charlotte's current favorite book. She cried when I told her it was time to take it back to the library - but it's been renewed the maximum amount of times and is two weeks overdue. It goes quite a bit over her head, but she likes the superhero aspect, the speech bubbles, and was very intrigued by roman numerals. Will definitely check it out again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. B | 1/12/2014

    " Funny graphic novel about the importance of numbers for younger readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica Midlil | 1/11/2014

    " Loved all the math gags! Very silly and punny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Lussier | 12/30/2013

    " Interesting book, but not one that I think lots of kids will pick up. I think this is better suited for teachers trying to share some math ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Nero | 12/29/2013

    " The pages are busy with written text and speech bubble text. Zero deserves to be the hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lee | 12/21/2013

    " I didn't love it as much as E-Mergency, but there's no denying the importance of zero now. He took out those evil Roman numerals and saved the day for big numbers!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 11/24/2013

    " Tom Lichtenheld is my hero! Now I know where Wumbers came from. Can't wait to use this at the school I volunteer. I won't give them a choice because I want to see how much they get of this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 10/21/2013

    " Good for a math storytime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/1/2013

    " I thought that this was a cute book that both teaches basic math, numerals, and everyone has a place. The illustrations and speech bubbles are cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 9/17/2013

    " Really funny and reinforces a lot of math concepts, but unfortunately too advanced for storytime. This would be perfect for an elementary school classroom. Very similar to _E mergency_ by the same author/illustrator team. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyle Werner | 8/22/2013

    " Should appeal to boys and girls. Zero is a funny sympathetic non-counting number that shows he does count for something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/4/2013

    " A great story show how every person has their place and is important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 6/30/2013

    " I really fun picture book to use with a math lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalia | 6/25/2013

    " Great book that teaches all about zero and not overlooking your friends and being different. Love the illustrations and tiny little illustrations for the reader to spot. Cute and a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean-Marie | 6/3/2013

    " Fun "math" picture book to read for all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/28/2013

    " Utterly appealing, Zero takes its rightful place as the most powerful of all the digits. pair with ZERO by Kathryn Otoshi. Both work on multiple levels and at many ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/7/2013

    " Beginning math! But fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2013

    " Very cute math book! It has a lot of great math vocabulary and it's funny and entertaining. A great picture book for older students (grades 4 and 5). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli Crumley | 3/13/2013

    " Very punny. Loved the bit about Roman Numerals. "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.