Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition.
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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
Characteristics: 294 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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A bittersweet memoir that grapples with tough topics in the author’s childhood. Although the illustrations are minimally colored and often rough, they are very moving and convey the character’s emotions perfectly.

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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.

Aug 16, 2019

This book is deep and heartbreaking. It is a beautifully illustrated memoir that follows the life of a young boy as he comes of age. His life is difficult and this book deals with many of the brutal pains in his life, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, child abuse, teen pregnancy, and bullying. What I liked most about this book was the growth that happened within the main character--it was clear he matured and found his path. Although dark, I would recommend this book to teenagers.

Aug 02, 2019

Some people might have liked this book, but I did not. I thought it was too dark and I am a very sensitive person. Then again, this is a more mature read, and I am only twelve.

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