Naseem Hrab

Naseem Hrab is a writer, storyteller, lover of comedy and former library worker who now works in children’s publishing in Toronto, Ontario. Naseem means spring breeze in Farsi and Hrab is Ukrainian for hornbeam tree. Listen to Naseem tell these meanings in her own voice.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2017.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

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 personal website

Publisher Owlkids