“Krosoczka’s precisely loose lines and evocative sepia-and-gray brushwork stunningly pair with a memoir about the vicissitudes of the author’s childhood — one spiced with moments of wonder and shadowed by a parent’s inescapable addiction.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novels of 2018.
Hey, Kiddo is a 2018 memoir by Jarrett J. Krosoczka that tells his story about his childhood and dysfunctional family where he witnessed his mother struggling with addiction, an absent father, and discovering the art that helps a broken person to remain alive.
The story begins as a kindergarten teacher asks a young Jarrett to draw his family with a mother and father, and that gets Jarrett confused as he reflects on his dysfunctional family. His mother struggled with drug addiction and was frequently in and out of the rehabilitation center and in and out of his life. He does not know the name of his father and doesn’t know where to find him. He stays with his loving, loud, and dogmatic grandparents who opened their home and hearts for Jarrett.
With so many struggles and trauma of being a neglected child, Jarrett decided to make his not-so-normal life as normal as possible and discovered a way through which he can express himself, by drawing and writing, to make sense of what was going around him. He discovered the truth of his family only during his teenage years and identified with his mom and tracked down his father.
Hey, Kiddo is a 2018 National Book Award Finalist and received accolades and starred reviews from renowned publications such as Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, among others. Jarrett is a New York Times bestselling author, who has authored and illustrated over 30 books for young readers and was a nominee for Eisner award.