Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545902489
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 10,431
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year, an Eisner award nominee, and the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, select volumes of Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued more than two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors, and reading. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.

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Hey, Kiddo 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally one to go for memoirs, but this one being a National Book Award finalist caught my eye. And although this is someone's memoir, I can see readers of fiction, non-fiction and those that like memoirs exclusively fans of this book. Jarrett went through many changes as he grew up. Dealing with his mom's addiction, things were constantly changing, where he lived, who she brought home, etc. But the only things that remained constant all those years was his love of drawing and his grandparents. As I read this I realized why I didn't always read memoirs..... They tug at your heart strings. And man this one is no different. Many of you don't know this, but I don't really like books about drug addictions because I had a family member who had a "monkey on his back," (what he called it) for a very long time. Almost all my childhood. It's normally hard for me to see teens struggling with their parent's addiction because it still gives me bad feelings of my own experience with my uncle. But this, although it was a bit hard to read, I liked that this story was more about Jarrett and how he felt vs only about her and her addiction. It opened my eyes to what a real memoir can do. As for the art, I really loved it. As per usual with me and graphic novels, I had to go back and look at the art again after I finished reading the book because I found myself concentrating mostly on the words. And let me just say, going back to study the art more in-depth is a fabulous idea. Krosoczka has a real talent and I'm glad he's finally able to share it with the world. Also, throughout the book there is some of his original work from when he was growing up, and I think that's awesome. Seeing his progression was phenomenal. I loved this powerful and moving memoir. Even the Author's Note had me a little misty eyed. It was so very sad, but so good. I hope more people read this and keep watching him. Krosoczka is one to watch!
Holly More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book, I didn't realize that this was a memoir of the Author's real life. Once I figured it out, this book became my new favorite graphic comic that's out there. Those stunning graphics that tell the story that will make your heart break for this young kid who just wants to be normal instead of this kinda messed up life that he had to endure to become the man he is today. From the backstory of his grandparents to his mother's drug use, you get this inside look of a family that was torn apart by drugs and what certain family members did in order to help raise Jarrett and not let him go down that path as well. If anything, this book is perfect for what America is facing today with the opiate crisis and maybe, show kids that they are not alone in what they might be dealing with as well. Nonetheless, this was a great book with a subject that most people won't write about, that kept me glued to the pages until I read that last word! I'm not gonna lie, there will be parts that you will shed a tear over and some parts that will put a smile on your face but overall, it's the perfect book for anyone who wants to read a memoir with style! Thank You to Jarrett J. Krosoczka for sharing your story in the most perfect way that you knew how to do!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wow. Beautiful and heartbreaking.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Hey, Kiddo is a pseudo-comic book for teens and older containing about 200 pages. It is an autobiography of the author’s childhood up to college as he deals with his parents’ absence from his life and being raised by his grandparents. Jarrett Krosoczka’s grandfather was given legal custody of him at a very young age. Jarrett’s mother was unfit to care for him, and his father had never been in the picture. His grandparents weren’t perfect people, with his grandmother drinking a little too much, and both of them set in their ways and values that were in part shaped by the Great Depression. School was tough, as Jarrett didn’t play sports or socialize very much outside of his best friend Patrick. It became especially tough when he had to transfer to a new school for high school, away from everything he knew. On top of this, Jarrett had found out the real reason his mother was gone: she was a drug addict. To deal with his life, Jarrett found solace in art. He drew comics and lost himself in them. They helped him get through a lot. Hey, Kiddo is a moving book about love not always coming from traditional places and a young boy trying to understand his place in the world after a childhood spent hoping for his mother to recover from her addiction. But most of all, the book is about art. Review by Stephanie M, age 15, Cleveland Area Mensa
JCA_ More than 1 year ago
This book was very good!! This book is based on a true story where the kid didn't know who the Father was and his mom was suffering from bad addiction. I will let you read the rest of it, but over all, it was good. The moral to this story is that some things are bad and some things are good in life, but keep locking at the positive side.