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Zero / by Kathryn Otoshi.

Otoshi, Kathryn. (Author).
Book Book (c2010.)
Description: [36] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : Ko Kids Books, c2010.
9 of 10 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 10 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Farms Children's Picture Books Child Picture Book OTO (Text to Phone) Available -
Gordon College Juv/Pic Curr Library Picture PZ 7 .O8777 Ze 2010 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Children's Picture Books Children's Picture Book / Otoshi (Text to Phone) Available -
Peabody South Branch Children's Picture Books Child E/Otoshi (Text to Phone) Available -
Phillips OWHL Children's Collection - Age 0-3 Children's Collection OT55Z (Text to Phone) Available -
Reading Children's Picture Book CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK OTO (Text to Phone) Available -
Salem Children's Picture Books j OTOSHI - PICTURE BOOK (Text to Phone) Available -
Saugus Children's Picture Books JUV 1-2-3 Picture Book Otoshi (Text to Phone) Available -
Wakefield Children's Picture Books Children's Picture Book Ot (Text to Phone) Available -
Wakefield Children's Picture Books Children's Picture Book Ot (Text to Phone) Checked out 08/09/2018

  • ISBN: 9780972394635 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 097239463X (hardcover) :
Summary: Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero.
Citation: Otoshi, Kathryn. "Zero." Novato, Calif. : Ko Kids Books, 2010.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 September #2
    *Starred Review* Zero sees herself as a big round number with emptiness inside. The other, more colorful numbers have fun, and they count. After trying to stretch and pinch herself into another shape (1, 8, or 9) and making a bombastic grand entrance that sends the other numbers tumbling, Zero is ready to listen to some wise words: "‘Every number has value,' said Seven. ‘Be open. You'll find a way.'" Inspired, Zero shows the numbers how to "count even more." With her help, 1 becomes 10, 2 becomes 20, and so on. Zero realizes her value and feels whole. Whether seen as an introduction to zero or to self-esteem, this picture book delivers on many levels. The simple story and colorful, minimalist art will intrigue children, even those too young to understand every bit of wordplay and wisdom in the text, while older kids will find food for thought. On the dramatic, black book jacket, the raised letters of the title include Zer in shining silver, and O in a silver that shines and also shimmers with subtle, shifting colors. Every aspect of the book's illustration and design seems carefully thought out, beautifully executed, and pleasing. An impressive sequel to One (2008).
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2010 August #3

    Otoshi builds on the success of her acclaimed picture book about bullying, One, with another moral lesson whose characters are digits. It's Zero who's in trouble this time as she compares herself to the other brightly colored numbers, all of whom seem to be doing marvelously well. "But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero felt empty inside." Otoshi's delicate brushwork portrays Zero as a wistful gray outline whose uncertain edges echo her anxiety. Clever wordplay ("If I were like One, then I could count too!" thinks Zero) reinforces nicely paced action as Zero tries and fails to look like other numbers ("Zero twisted and turned to try to be Eight") until Seven tells her, "Every number has value.... Be open. You'll find a way." And she does; adding a zero to every number, the group finds, "bring more value to everyone." What could have been a pedestrian just-be-yourself tale is distinguished by Otoshi's simple and lucid text, judicious use of white space, and a voice that stays sincere without becoming overly moralistic. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)

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  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2010 November

    K-Gr 2—Zero has a complex—she finds herself unglamorous. Furthermore, with a hole in her center, she feels she doesn't count as much as her fellow numbers do. Twisting herself into the shape of 8 or 9 doesn't work; her attempt only leaves an empty feeling inside. Then one day, Zero discovers that by joining together with another number, 1, for example, she can become 10, or 100, or 1000, increasing her value. Soon, the others do the same—2 joins 3, 111 joins 5, and 4 and 8 join 2 —escalating their worth and pleasure as well. At last, Zero feels whole, "right in her center." Otoshi's story plays out against either stark white or dense black pages where Zero is strikingly depicted in broad silver brush strokes. In contrast, the others numbers cartwheel across the pages in bright splashy colors. Readers swept into the arresting artwork will soon be captivated by the importance of numbers. However, the underlying mission of the book—to elevate children's self-worth—will take an intuitive parent or teacher to weave the two concepts together.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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