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High Five
By (author): Adam Rubin Illustrated by: Daniel Salmieri
9780525428893 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Apr 16, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 11.25 x 11.38 x 0.5 in 64 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUST Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
A #1 New York Times bestseller from the creators of the beloved Dragons Love Tacos comes a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition—starring YOU!

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.

Smoking hot sales track: Adam and Daniel’s Dragons Love Tacos hassold more than a million copies, and Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel was an instant New York Times bestseller. There are over 1.5 million Dragons books in print!

Say goodbye to the fourth wall: Like The Book with No Pictures and Press Here, High Five obliterates the barrier between narrator and reader by placing kids at the center of the action for a real “hands-on” reading experience.

Something new from a best-selling creative team: Publishers Weekly called Adam and Daniel the “weirdest, funniest guys working in kids’ lit today,” and their newest project certainly lives up to that hype, delivering plenty of the zany humor and oddball comedic antics their fans know and love.

Read it aloud: Lilting rhymes make this a natural pick for story time, and kids will love trying out their snazzy new “five” skills on the book and each other!

Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of ten critically-acclaimed picture books, including the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, Robo-Sauce and El Chupacabras (which was short-listed for the 2018 Texas Blue Bonnet award). He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. In between writing projects, he designs and collects optical illusions, puzzles and games. His favorite color is blue, his favorite food is fried chicken, and his favorite animal is the otter. Adam currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Author Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Daniel Salmieri is an award-winning illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. He has illustrated 12 picture books, including three New York Times best-sellers (Dragons Love Tacos, Robo-Sauce and Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel), and he regularly creates illustrations for magazines and newspapers. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Sophia and their dog Ronni. His favorite things to draw are cars, plants, dogs and people.

Illustrator Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Illustrator Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Marketing: National author tour

National media campaign

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8-copy floor display with signed copies (9781984873699)

High Five oversized standee (9781984873859)

Dragons Love Tacos 10-copy mixed floor display with PWP plush (9781984873712)

Trade advertising

Online and social media promotion

Blog tour

Feature at all School & Library conferences

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Author Social Media: @Rubingo

Praise for High Five

“A high-spirited impetus to clap hands—or better yet, someone else’s.” --Kirkus

“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.” --Publishers Weekly

“An interesting concept will elicit giggles and enthusiasm from readers, and neon colored pencil illustrations, reminiscent of 80s spandex suits, fill pages with vibrancy and energy.” --School Library Journal

Praise for Dragons Love Tacos:

New York Times bestseller (over a million copies sold!)

Indie bestseller lists

PW starred review

Summer 2012 Kids’ Indie Next list

New York Times Notable Book

* “Off-kilter fun.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A heaping helping of silly.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The perfect book for kids who love dragons and mild tacos.”—Kirkus

Praise for Robo-Sauce:

* “Brilliantly inspired.”—Booklist, starred review

* “Is there an award for best gatefold ever?”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An abundance of absurdity that will entertain boys and girls of all ages.”—Kirkus

“Funny and inventive.”—The Wallstreet Journal

“Wonderful, but with an extra layer of crazy.”—

“Craziest dang thing I’ve ever seen.”—Betsy Bird

“The combo of Rubin and Salmieri do one thing: make books that are fun to read.”—100 ScopeNotes

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