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Book Review and Giveaway: Almost Zero. Ends Oct 20th

Nikki Grimes NewYork Times Bestselling Author

Dyamonde really wants red high-top sneakers. In fact, she wants them so badly that she demands that her mother buy them for her. But her mother is not amused and she decides to teach Dyamonde a lesson by leaving her with almost zero ward-robe choices. Dyamonde is steaming mad until she finds out one of her friends has things much worse, and them she’ determined to do whatever she can

to help.

My Review: While hanging out with her friends at school one morning, Dyamonde saw Tameeka wearing a new pair of high-top sneakers. She asked if they came in red as it was her favorite color. When Tameeka told her yes and where she bought it, Dyamonde knew they were expensive. But Tameeka told Dyamonde to simply tell her mother that she needs the sneakers and that it is her job to buy her what she needs. Dyamonde did just that she demanded her mother buy her new sneakers.

When she came home from school the next day she was shock to find out that her house has been robbed. Only for her mother to inform her that wasn’t true that she packed up her things and took them away and since she is the mother she will provide Dyamonde what she needs. Dyamonde’s mother decided to give her one pair of pajamas, a set of underwear, one pair of shippers and a pair of pajamas. That’s all the clothes her mom said she needed. When her friend Isabel’s house burned down Dyamonde wanted to help her by donating some of her clothes to her.

What a great book by Award-winning author Nikki Grimes, teaching children about the difference value between wants and needs, about selfless giving and helping others in need. Well written chapter book with pencil-like illustrations. I highly recommend this book.

Age: 4-8

Pages: 128

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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October 5, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Oh, this book is exactly what we need for our sneakers storytime theme.
    Remember to “Read for the Record” on October 6. –

    Comment by YvonneJ | October 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. What a great book that hits on several areas a child should consider. It is a good story to introduce discussion between child and parent on taking bad advice, showing respect and caring for someone else.
    I love stories with merit and no wonder this authors has won so many awards.

    Comment by Grace | October 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. Very important lessons taught in Almost Zero. I know several of my Grandkids will love this. GFC name is Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. What a wonderful lesson on need vs. want. This is something that I try to instill in my children everyday.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Alicia C. | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. I have 2 kids who could benefit from this book, too bad one is older and probably would blow me off. Its funny how kids think everything should just be given to them. Maybe this would help my daughter understand its not!

    Comment by larissa brunken | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. Wow. This is a great lesson in needs versus wants. I may have to use this technique on my daughter. It would curb a lot of the begging in the store for things she doesn’t need.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  7. The cover is what drew me to the book. I don’t often see books that have characters that look like my daughter so I was instantly intrigued about what the book would be about. I read the synopsis and I like it. My kids tell me several times a week Can I have this Can I have that and they don’t realize that having everything that you want is not possible. We cannot afford to do this and I don’t think that is the right way to raise my kids. I would love for my kids to read this book.

    Comment by Evans S | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  8. I would love to read this to my kids. I have really good kids, but sometimes they can get pulled into the fads and forget what is really important. This would be a good reminder of how much we have and how it is important to use what we are blessed with to help others. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

    Comment by Amy W. | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  9. I love the message in this book!

    Comment by kathleen | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  10. I would love to read this book. I have thought about just leaving my kids with the basics for awhile but never have. I would love to read it to them and see what they say

    Comment by stacey l | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  11. I think the book’s themes of being content with what you have and the importance of helping others are very valuable.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | October 20, 2011 | Reply

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