Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

Graphic Novel - 2018
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The powerful, unforgettable graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.

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.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Publisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780545902472
Branch Call Number: YA GN 362.2913 KROSOCZK
Characteristics: 294 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Beaverton_IanD Dec 08, 2018

A powerful graphic autobiography about the author's absent father, addicted mother and overcoming this to become a professional artist and writer with the help of his hard-edged but loving grandparents. Highly recommended.

Dec 08, 2018

A great autobiography of the author’s hard early life. The book shows the importance of empathy, family, and art programs. I especially liked the author’s comment at the end about growing up and becoming an adult — you get to create your own reality.

Oct 28, 2018

Incredible story of the author's childhood growing up without a father and his mother's frequent absences due to drug addiction. While dark, I also found this to be an uplifting story as Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents and surrounded by close family, who recognized and supported his artistic gifts.


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