Often I find that there is a little number (against a brown background) next to the Review link on the banner at the top of the page. Allegedly this is the number of posts awaiting review according to the hover text.
However I often see a non-zero number there even when there are zero items awaiting review in the review queues. Whether I click on the 'Review' link, or on the number, they both take me to the Review Queues page where there may, or may not be anything to review, even when the number is non-zero.
I have checked the help pages but I couldn't (easily) find anything about handling the review queues (I am at work so I didn't look hard).
What is the meaning of the non-zero little number when the review queues are empty?