Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) (Paperback)
We know Jarrett Krosoczka as the talented creator of picture books and the Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Raised by his grandparents due to his mother's incarceration and heroin abuse, he uses art to impress others and then to escape from the realities of his complicated family. He incorporates his early artwork as well as letters to and from his mother into the story, providing a tangible glimpse of those early years. He has successfully created an engaging, effective look at his complicated history, reminding the reader that family can be found in many places. This beautifully serves as both a window and a mirror into his life. Highly recommended for grades 7 and up.— Cathy
A National Book Award Finalist!
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.