Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

Book - 2018
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"In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780545902472
Branch Call Number: [GN] B/KROSOCZKA
Characteristics: 294 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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IndyPL_TammieB Dec 07, 2020

This is a beautiful and touching memoir of the author's life. If you need a reminder (I did!) Similar to an autobiography, a memoir is the story of a person's life written by that person. The difference between a memoir vs. an autobiography is that a memoir focuses on reflection and establishing an emotional connection, rather than simply presenting the facts around their life. Krosoczka does a wonderful job connecting with the reader. The story of his difficult childhood is told in a heartfelt and real way. The style of the artwork combining hard lines and washes of color and shading are very personal and the artifacts shared throughout add to the human touch. You wont want to miss the sections at the very end where Krosoczka shares his comments about the process of creating this masterpiece!

IndyPL_MollieB Sep 17, 2020

This is a story about Jarrett's childhood, in a graphic novel format.

If you're a super reader, you'll enjoy the author's note about how the book came to be. "It's futile to think I wish things had been different. There is no changing the past. Everything that has happened, no matter how difficult, has made me the person that I am today."

You will also enjoy a note on the art. "You'll find artifacts from my past and my family's past throughout this book. . . Whenever you see the character Jarrett drawing, it is actual artwork that I made at his age."

"Creating the art for this book has been the most profound artistic endeavor I have yet to undertake and it has truly been a lifetime in the making."

This story is a prime example of what it means to persevere.

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Apr 13, 2020

Hey, Kiddo is a poignant graphic memoir from a popular Juvenile graphic novelist, Jarrett Krosoczak, about being raised by his grandparents due to his absent father and heroin addict mother.

Mar 30, 2020

As far as biographical graphic novels go, this is one of the better ones I've read in recent months. I felt the author's choice to include artwork that was of the time period (in his life) added to the investment in the story for the reader. I also felt that the muted color palette lent itself to the storytelling. This book deals with some heavy topics and the muted grays and browns in the artwork helped convey the characters' feelings. However, the over-all gray color wash on several of the panels did leave the image rather muddled, which may have been the intention, but I times it was difficult to "read".

On a side-note, I did not know until the end that this author is responsible for the popular "Lunch Lady" series of graphic novels. My students love those and I've read quite a few of them myself.

A fantastic graphic memoir, chronicling Krosoczka's growth as an artist through his childhood.

Feb 20, 2020

Recommended by librarians. Excellent book. Definitely deals with older child/grown up topics, so maybe read first. Great at starting important conversations.

CMLibrary_khunter Jan 30, 2020

This book made me cry. The timeline from Jarrett's birth to his teenager-hood was heartwrenching and portrayed with such clear description and artful purpose. Teens who enjoy self-reflection and are facing the desperation of trying to fulfill a dream will enjoy this hopeful coming-of-age memoir.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 15, 2019

This is a biography of author Jarrett’s life. He had a drug addicted mother,
absent father, and a set of wonderful grandparents that helped raise him.
With all of this, you can imagine he faced his fair share of trials and
tribulations. The story encompasses the majority of his life, which makes it
such an enjoyable read. You see how these challenges can impact an
individual’s life for years to come. If you are looking for a bit of a deep dive
into someone else’s life experience, definitely give this one a try!

Oct 28, 2019

If your teen is looking for a book to read, this is it!

JCLMELODYK Sep 16, 2019

I love the love between imperfect, flawed humans. Krosoczka shares his imperfect - some would judge highly dysfunctional family with the reader and the love that sustains them.

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IndyPL_TammieB Dec 07, 2020

To say that Jarrett Krosoczka had a challenging childhood would be an understatement. He was raised by his grandparents when his mother struggles in our of prison and rehab for drug addictions. His grandmother is somewhat emotionally and verbally abusive and drinks in excess. He does not know who is father is. He is socially awkward, loves to draw, and hates sports. This memoir follows his journey from toddler to adult and all the twists and turns that come with it. As he grows he begins to learn the real meaning of family and discovers his own purpose and identity.


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IndyPL_TammieB Dec 20, 2020

"And you don't need blood ties because really good friends, they become family. I always wondered who my father was and i never quite knew where my mother was. But that entire time? I had two incredible parents right there before me the entire time. They just happened to be one generation removed."


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