HIGH FIVE by Adam Rubin


by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8
Email this review


The Dragons Love Tacos (2012) crew invites readers to the 75th Annual High Five Tournament.

It’s not going to be a walkover, as opponents in the five rounds range from Gigantic the Bear (“700 Pounds of Hair”) and, after her, dizzying bouncer Kangaroo Paul to the ultimate challenger, eight-limbed Octopus Jones. Fortunately, young contenders have a yetilike ex-champ in their corner to offer vigorous if unevenly rhymed and metered commentary (“Was that your new signature slap? / My grandma fives better than that!”) as well as savvy advice on hand positioning and style points. Accentuated by block letters in diverse hues and the occasional outsized “HIGH FIVE!” Salmieri’s scribbly ink-and–colored-pencil drawings of the all-animal cast, audience, and panel of judges reflect the infectiously rising suspense and wild excitement as the unseen “Kid” the narrator addresses sends each foe in succession reeling away in stunned defeat. Just one thing left to do: “Hold up your trophy / and shout out ‘woo-hoo!’ / The new high five champ is you!” Along with the verbal coaching, a chart of variations on “The Classic,” such as “The Windmill,” “The Double Behind the Back Slam,” and even “The High Foot,” offers further challenges to ambitious fivers of all genders. As characters frequently address “Kid” directly and hold up dramatically foreshortened hands or paws to viewers, caregivers should be ready for this book to take a beating.

A high-spirited impetus to clap hands—or better yet, someone else’s. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 16th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-525-42889-3
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019


ChildrenEL CHUPACABRAS by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin
ChildrenDRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2 by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin
ChildrenROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin


ChildrenBEAR AND WOLF by Daniel Salmieri
by Daniel Salmieri
ChildrenDRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2 by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin
ChildrenROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin
ChildrenMEET THE DULLARDS by Sara Pennypacker
by Sara Pennypacker


ChildrenHANDS UP! by Breanna J. McDaniel
by Breanna J. McDaniel
ChildrenCLAP YOUR HANDS by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
ChildrenHI-FIVE ANIMALS! by Ross Burach
by Ross Burach