Author(s): Julie Leibrich
Julie Leibrich was inspired by her mathematician husband's comment that the number 1 is the biggest number since every other number is beaten by simply adding 1 to it. Nesta needs a number, a really big number, but grumpy Mr Abacus, the mathematician, is too busy and tells her to go away. However, he doesn't know how determined a little girl can be and eventually he relents and lends Nesta 8,888,888,888 on the understanding that she must look after it and not take it from her pocket until she reaches school. Inaugural winner of the Joy Cowley Award, this is a story of self-belief and a fun introduction to the love of numbers. For 4 to 8 years.
Winner of Joy Cowley Award 2003.