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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Jun 06, 2019

This book is a real story, a real honest story, that tweens and teens will enjoy.
The dramatic plot begins when Jarrett, the author and the main character, learns that her mother is a drug addict.
He goes through trouble and adventures that focused him back on to his talent and his career: drawing.
I think this book is suitable for grade 7 and up, since it has some mature content in their, for example, addiction, smoking, violence. But I also think that this book is great for book clubs. There are so many questions and connections that can pop up while reading this book.

Jun 04, 2019

Jarrett Krosoczka is the author of the popular *Lunch Lady* graphic novels for kids. In this more grown-up book, he honestly tells his own childhood memoir about being raised by his quirky grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict.

Feb 20, 2019

Hey, Kiddo is such an inspiring book. I just couldn't put it down. I can relate so much to Jarrett as a child, since I am an aspiring artist as well, but it must've been hard learning to accept a family with many troubles. Overall, a very well written graphic novel/memoir.

Feb 18, 2019

As someone with school age children, this book serves as a good reminder that I should not make assumptions about the lives of the kids I come into contact with. This is a complicated story with complex people, especially Jarrett's grandparents. Sometimes you really like them, and sometimes you really want to judge them and say, "that's why there's so much strife in the family"! In the end, it doesn't matter what the reader thinks, because they mean everything to Jarrett as flawed as they are, and I think that's a good lesson for the reader. I'll be thinking about this book for awhile.

I suggested 12+ for suitability for this book. My 13 year old isn't interested in reading it at all (too dark!), but even a younger child who can commiserate with Jarrett's situation would likely find it very helpful.

IndyPL_NicoleN Dec 29, 2018

This was a wonderful and heartbreaking story. Readers will be able to see Jarrett Krosoczka's childhood through the amazing illustrations.

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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Feb 18, 2019

mctet thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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