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Hey, Kiddo (Paperback)

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<b>A National Book Award Finalist!</b> <br /> 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. <p></p> 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. <p></p> <i>Hey, Kiddo</i> is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

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A National Book Award Finalist!
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.A National Book Award Finalist!
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.

Specifications

Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Jarrett J Krosoczka
ISBN-13
9780545902489
Publication Date
October, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0545902487

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Krosoczka tells his fa...
Krosoczka tells his family story in this graphic autobiography. His mom was a drug addict and he didn't know of his father. Krosoczka grew up as part of a large family, cared for by his grandparents. This tells the story from pre-school through high school.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
At the end of the book...
At the end of the book, the author mentions that he originally told this story in an 18-minute TED Talk. I'm guessing at that length, it was actually was fairly engrossing. But while the sub-title declares that this book is about "How I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction," I found way too much time spent on day-to-day mundanity and pointless anecdotes. Raised by his grandparents, Krosoczka's biological parents are basically reduced to cameo appearances sprinkled throughout the book, while way too much time is spent in elementary school lunchrooms and strip mall parking lots. I'm sure these little moments are fond memories for the author, but for me they did little to serve the ostensible point of the book. Also, an unfortunate choice was made to color the book in shades of gray and burnt orange, giving even a family living room the foggy atmosphere of a twilight London street. The murky and morose tone of the coloring sank the already low-key story to the level of tedium for me.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Krosoczka tells his fa...
Krosoczka tells his family story in this graphic autobiography. His mom was a drug addict and he didn't know of his father. Krosoczka grew up as part of a large family, cared for by his grandparents. This tells the story from pre-school through high school.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
At the end of the book...
At the end of the book, the author mentions that he originally told this story in an 18-minute TED Talk. I'm guessing at that length, it was actually was fairly engrossing. But while the sub-title declares that this book is about "How I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction," I found way too much time spent on day-to-day mundanity and pointless anecdotes. Raised by his grandparents, Krosoczka's biological parents are basically reduced to cameo appearances sprinkled throughout the book, while way too much time is spent in elementary school lunchrooms and strip mall parking lots. I'm sure these little moments are fond memories for the author, but for me they did little to serve the ostensible point of the book. Also, an unfortunate choice was made to color the book in shades of gray and burnt orange, giving even a family living room the foggy atmosphere of a twilight London street. The murky and morose tone of the coloring sank the already low-key story to the level of tedium for me.
Krosoczka tells his family story in this graphic autobiography. His mom was a drug addict and he didn't know of his father. Krosoczka grew up as part of a large family, cared for by his grandparents. This tells the story from pre-school through high school.
At the end of the book, the author mentions that he originally told this story in an 18-minute TED Talk. I'm guessing at that length, it was actually was fairly engrossing. But while the sub-title declares that this book is about "How I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction," I found way too much time spent on day-to-day mundanity and pointless anecdotes. Raised by his grandparents, Krosoczka's biological parents are basically reduced to cameo appearances sprinkled throughout the book, while way too much time is spent in elementary school lunchrooms and strip mall parking lots. I'm sure these little moments are fond memories for the author, but for me they did little to serve the ostensible point of the book. Also, an unfortunate choice was made to color the book in shades of gray and burnt orange, giving even a family living room the foggy atmosphere of a twilight London street. The murky and morose tone of the coloring sank the already low-key story to the level of tedium for me.
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Krosoczka tells his fa...

Krosoczka tells his family story in this graphic autobiography. His mom was a drug addict and he didn't know of his father. Krosoczka grew up as part of a large family, cared for by his grandparents. This tells the story from pre-school through high school.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Intense graphic memoir...

Intense graphic memoir that is not afraid of ugliness but still chooses to celebrate love. The author acknowledges the benefits of his therapy and it's impossible to begrudge him the acceptance he has discovered for his parents, siblings and grandparents. Genuinely moving and sad, in a way that all the best families probably are.

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I know so many people,...

I know so many people, now adults, to whom I would have given this book when they were teens (or even younger). Because, let's be honest, there is nothing in here that the child of an addict has not seen, heard, or experienced at a young age. This is not an easy book, nor a comfortable one, but it is an important book. This is a book that screams "You are not alone" to kids who desperately need to hear it. It shows that circumstances do not define you, that it is possible to overcome, to live through it, to become and be something and someone amazing.Hey, Kiddo deserves to find its place alongside such books David Small's Stitches and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis in the pantheon of graphic memoir.

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How much drug addition...

How much drug addition can define a family, when a Mother abandons her son and leaves him with grandparents to be raised. Through drawing he survives.

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This is a touching mem...

This is a touching memoir that describes a childhood without a father and a mother who is absent through most of the author's life because of drug addictions. The target audience seems to be middle grade, but it's a pretty somber story, despite the graphic novel format. It's a heartfelt story and should be one that is read and discussed.


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