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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings

by (author) Naseem Hrab

illustrated by Josh Holinaty

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Emotions & Feelings, Humorous Stories, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 4


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.

About the authors

Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend and Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings. 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 lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Josh Holinaty détient un diplôme du Alberta College of Art & Design. Il a illustré de nombreux livres et ses illustrations ont été publiées entre autres dans Wired, The New York Times et The Walrus. Josh a grandi en Alberta avec ses frères et soeurs qui essayaient toujours de lui prendre ses croustilles. Maintenant, il vit à Toronto, en Ontario, où il peut [enfin] manger ses croustilles en paix.


Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design and has created illustrations for clients such as The New York Times, Wired, and The Walrus. Josh is also the illustrator of A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars and It's Catching. Originally from Alberta, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"Teachers of preschoolers and kindergartners will appreciate its lessons on emotions."

CanLit for LittleCanadians

"With its comic book style, snappy dialogue, and potty humor, this story stands out as a great choice for social-emotional learning shelves."

School Library Journal

"This lighthearted title is sweetly full of feeling."


"The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the playful use of speech bubbles adds motion and zeal. Being sad has never seemed funnier."

Kirkus Reviews

“Cloaked in the humour, is a sweet story of a boy of colour who is allowed to have emotions that aren’t happy.”

The Book Wars

“This book teaches children how to make up with their friends in a peaceful, respectful way.”

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