Cover image for High five / Adam Rubin ; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.
High five / Adam Rubin ; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.
Title Variants:
High 5
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Animals present hand slapping skills to readers, just in time for the annual high five contest.


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RUB Book Easy Collection
RUB Book Easy Collection

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Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.

Acclaimed creative duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will beg to read again and again.

Author Notes

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author; spent ten years working as a creative director in advertising before leaving his day job to write full time.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this interactive picture book by the Dragons Love Tacos team, a high-five champion called Sensei, who resembles Bigfoot and wears a multicolored belt, offers to apprentice readers. It's all to prepare for the annual high-five contest, where, Rubin writes, "high five fans from far and near/ all press their palms against the rest,/ to see whose high five is the best." Spreads invite readers to try out their best high fives, and Salmieri employs forced perspective so that each contestant's slapping hand extends right up to the image's foreground. The narrative arc is relatively straightforward: there's the training, in which the reader apparently makes a very favorable impression; followed by the big competition, which slowly ups the ante; culminating in the reader matching slaps with Octopus Jones ("He has eight hands, you just have two.../ a little uneven, it's true") before the winner is revealed. Although Rubin's rhymes are only serviceable and the plot feels less sturdy than the team's other collaborations, the pictures offer plenty of room to receive readers' high-five innovations, and the pages crackle with Salmieri's neon palette and scratchy, kinetic pencil lines. Ages 3-5. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.