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Book Launch for Naseem Hrab and Josh Holinaty's Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend > August 15

Owlkids and Type Books invite you to celebrate the Toronto launch of a delightful new picture book, Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend, from Toronto author Naseem Hrab and Toronto illustrator by 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 picture book by Naseem Hrab and Josh Holinaty puts an endearing spin on the anxiety that accompanies change and making friends.


Naseem Hrab is the author of the picture book Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend, illustrated by Josh Holinaty (Owlkids Books, Fall 2017). Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Sometimes Naseem likes to get up on a stage and tell true stories. She loves improv and coffee ice cream. She worked as a librarian for a time and lives in Toronto.


Josh Holinaty was raised in Alberta and now works out of lovely Toronto, Ontario. He’s worked with a variety of clients on a variety of illustration projects, such as editorial, ads, poster design, walls, and more. He has illustrated a few children’s books and sometimes dabbles with misc programming. His partner in crime is the ever cool Genevieve Simms.

Toronto Launch of new children's book Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend
with a talk by author Naseem Hrab and illustrator Josh Holinaty
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Tuesday, August 15, 7-9pm