Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book


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The third book in the Dyamonde Daniels series, by bestselling author Nikki Grimes, is perfect for fans of the Keena Ford, Judy Moody, and Magnificent Mya Tibbs series and includes illustrations by Coretta Scott King honor winner R. Gregory Christie. 

Dyamonde really wants red high-top sneakers. Too bad they're so expensive! A classmate tells her it's her mom's job to give her what she needs, but when Dyamonde tries that argument, her mom teaches her a lesson by literally only giving her what she needs. Now Dyamonde is down to almost zero outfits! But then she finds out one of her friends has it much worse, and she's determined to do what she can to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425288559
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: A Dyamonde Daniel Book Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 73,717
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Nikki Grimes is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of children’s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist. Among the many accolades she has received are the Golden Dolphin Award (2005),the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children (2006), the Coretta Scott King Award (2003) for Bronx Masquerade, and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award (2011) for Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book. Additionally, her book Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (illustrated by Bryan Collier) was a New York Times bestseller, and she was acknowledged as an NAACP Image Award Finalist in 1993 for her book Malcolm X: a Force for Change. Her books Meet Danitra Brown (illustrated by Floyd Cooper), Jazmin's NotebookTalkin' About Bessie (illustrated by E.B. Lewis), Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings were each awarded Coretta Scott King Honors. Nikki Grimes won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children  over a period of years. Visit her online at

R. Gregory Christie was named a top children's book illustrator by the New York Times and has received three Coretta Scott King Honors. He has illustrated numerous picture books, including The Deaf Musicians (by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs), which received the Schneider Family Book Award. He has illustrated the biographies of many historical and cultural figures, and he frequently lectures at schools across the country. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Also by Nikki Grimes

Jazmin’s Notebook

Bronx Masquerade

The Road to Paris

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book


The World of Dyamonde Daniel

1. Sneaker Heaven

2. Robbed

3. Mean Mom and the Mustard Stain


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Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that teaches the reader that you should never take anything for granted, and also that it is better to give than to receive. Great lessons put in a context that children will enjoy.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
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. 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.