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Picture Books That Inspire Empathy

Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings
By (author): Naseem Hrab Illustrated by: Josh Holinaty
Naseem Hrab ,

Illustrated by :

Josh Holinaty


- Toronto



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 4, Grade (US) 1 - 4
Oct 15, 2018
$19.95 CAD


11in x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 479 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


Color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
In the funniest book about being sad, a disagreement with Malcolm sends Ira into a slump

Ira and Malcolm are best friends: they always make each other laugh, always eat lunch together, and always play together. But one day, a disagreement about whether to play tag or hide-and-seek sees the suddenly über-popular Malcolm run off with a crowd of tag-loving kids—and Ira all alone.

Ira’s tummy hurts, his chin is wibbling, and his eyes are leaking. What’s happening?! Any efforts to cheer him up fall flat. When Malcolm finally returns and asks what’s wrong, Ira tells him: “I had all these feelings…and I didn’t have you.”

The second Ira Crumb book marks the return of an endearing character full of personality, humor, and heart. With lots of laughs and comics-style storytelling, it’s a funny, touching look at how feelings can be confusing, and how processing emotions can take time—and a bit of help from a pretty good friend.

NASEEM HRAB is a writer and storyteller. Her comedy writing has appeared
on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a
librarian for a time and now works in children's publishing. She's a fan
of improv comedy and cheddar cheese. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

JOSH HOLINATY is an illustrator whose work has been found in books,
magazines, mobile apps, and even on coffee cups. His previous books
include Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend, Norma Fleck Award finalist
A Beginner's Guide to Immortality, and Innovation Nation. Josh lives in
Toronto, Ontatio with his wife Genevieve and their dog Jack, a
connoisseur of socks.

For more information contact
[email protected]

Reviews for Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend:

"Packed with wry whimsy... A valuable lesson in friendship."
— Kirkus

"A fast-moving text that speaks to the fear children have about being the
new kid anywhere in life, this title will be especially welcome on the
shelves for back-to-school storytimes and shared readings."
— School Library Journal

"Hrab, a former librarian, knows what makes kids laugh... But
amid the laughter are some very good lessons about making friends that
will undoubtedly help soothe the anxieties of many children."
— Quill & Quire

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