Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Naseem Hrab

Josh Holinaty

Meet Ira Crumb. He’s the new kid in town. He knows what that means: when the new school year starts, he’ll play alone at recess, eat alone at lunch, and walk home alone at the end of the day. So Ira launches a whole-hearted campaign to befriend neighborhood kids before the first day. But his best-laid plans — A sandwich stand! A dance-off! — fall flat, and playing it cool doesn’t seem to work either.

Just as Ira decides school will be HORRIBLE, a comical misunderstanding connects him with Malcolm, who was the new kid last year and totally gets it — and who, it turns out, will make a pretty good friend.

Full of comedic touches, comics-style storytelling, and a diverse cast of quirky characters, this hilarious debut picture book puts an endearing spin on the anxiety that accompanies change and making friends.Naseem Hrab, Josh Holinaty
Regular price $19.95 CAD
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SKU: 200201n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771471718

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

"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

"Will have young readers giggling... 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

"This story of a boy's anxiety about making friends will show readers that, many times, the best way to make a friend is to be yourself! A fast and fun read." - Booklist

"Ira Crumb would be an appropriate selection for five-to-eight-year-olds during the first week of school or when a new face appears in class." - Canadian Children’s Book News

"This story is perfect to be read to (or by) any young student entering a new town, school, or club." - Canadian Review of Materials

“A hilarious comic that presents the quest of finding a friend like it were an adventure.” - The Book Wars

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Publication date

August 15, 2017

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Language Arts

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From 5 to 8