Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn't know his father's name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddo traces Krosoczka's search for his father, his difficult interacti Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who ado...

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Kristi Starr This isn't a book I would hand a 5th grader. In addition to the language, the content is pretty mature. Krosoczka's mother was a drug addict, and as a…moreThis isn't a book I would hand a 5th grader. In addition to the language, the content is pretty mature. Krosoczka's mother was a drug addict, and as a young man he was pretty bitter about it. The book briefly depicts violence and one image could imply sex (only imply - it's not explicit). It's pretty dark in places as he struggles with his mother's incarceration and feelings of abandonment. At the same time, it's hopeful. I'm adding it in my HS library for sure, but I wouldn't recommend it for the average 5th grader.(less)
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  • Rebecca
    Nov 20, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

  • Jessica
    Nov 08, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

  • G.
    Nov 03, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

  • Kelly
    Jul 31, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

  • DaNae
    Oct 29, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

  • Scott Robins
    Jun 04, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

  • Richie Partington
    Sep 23, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

  • Constance
    Nov 15, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

    I picked up this book simply for the title. My dad called me kiddo. I?m the end, this slice of life graphic novel snuck up on me and hit me in all the feels. Well done ...

    THIS WAS SO DEPRESSING BUT AN AMAZING BOOK The author of this book went through so much in his childhood. I don't think I could possibly have survived through that. ...

    A heartbreaking and yet hopeful story of the author?s extensive family. The phrase of his grandparents being one generation removed really hit home to me and I have a feeling many readers will find an aspect of his tale that relates to their own childhood. My only issue is that w...

    What an inspirational story! The author's honesty is amazing and coming from someone who usually makes you laugh made it all the more powerful. The art and the words work together to make the story flow and you really feel like you have stepped into the author's life. ...

    Powerful. A testament o to the saving grace of art. ...

  • MissFabularian
    Oct 20, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

  • Tatiana
    Dec 08, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Apr 25, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

  • Michelle
    Oct 10, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

    I picked up this book simply for the title. My dad called me kiddo. I?m the end, this slice of life graphic novel snuck up on me and hit me in all the feels. Well done ...

    THIS WAS SO DEPRESSING BUT AN AMAZING BOOK The author of this book went through so much in his childhood. I don't think I could possibly have survived through that. ...

    A heartbreaking and yet hopeful story of the author?s extensive family. The phrase of his grandparents being one generation removed really hit home to me and I have a feeling many readers will find an aspect of his tale that relates to their own childhood. My only issue is that w...

    What an inspirational story! The author's honesty is amazing and coming from someone who usually makes you laugh made it all the more powerful. The art and the words work together to make the story flow and you really feel like you have stepped into the author's life. ...

  • Carol Tilley
    Nov 01, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

  • Malia
    Nov 28, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

  • Nadine
    Oct 23, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

  • Jenna
    Dec 01, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

    I picked up this book simply for the title. My dad called me kiddo. I?m the end, this slice of life graphic novel snuck up on me and hit me in all the feels. Well done ...

    THIS WAS SO DEPRESSING BUT AN AMAZING BOOK The author of this book went through so much in his childhood. I don't think I could possibly have survived through that. ...

    A heartbreaking and yet hopeful story of the author?s extensive family. The phrase of his grandparents being one generation removed really hit home to me and I have a feeling many readers will find an aspect of his tale that relates to their own childhood. My only issue is that w...

  • Matthew Noe
    Jul 31, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

  • Mrs.
    Oct 11, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

  • Brittany
    Nov 13, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Oct 23, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

  • Lola
    Jul 08, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

  • Michelle Glatt
    Nov 07, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

  • Christy
    Oct 28, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

  • Jamie-leigh Haughn
    Jul 02, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

  • Vanessa Williams
    Nov 27, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

  • Cassie Thomas
    Sep 07, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

  • Mari Bianco
    Nov 02, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

  • stephanie
    Nov 27, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

    I picked up this book simply for the title. My dad called me kiddo. I?m the end, this slice of life graphic novel snuck up on me and hit me in all the feels. Well done ...

  • Flynn
    Dec 03, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...

    I received an advance copy of this at ALA 2018. Hey, Kiddo is an incredibly timely comic about a addiction, family, and resilience. Drawn in an almost hazy style with purposeful use of burnt colors, the artwork makes you FEEL the story rather than reading-from-above. Jarrett is hone...

    Most definitely deserving of the praise it's receiving. ...

    ....gutted me. ...

    If you find a puddle on the floor, don?t step on it because it?s me after finishing this story. When I went to the Scholastic Graphix party at SDCC, everyone was talking about Hey, Kiddo, the graphic novel memoir from a well-loved graphic novelist. I?m a fan of telling persona...

    Did you ever finish a book and immediately want to hand it to everyone you know? This year, it's this one. Jarrett's story is disquieting, genuine, and ultimately so full of hope my heart beat right out of my chest. This acknowledges that childhood is hard and ordinary. That ...

    A few years ago, children's author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Punk Farm picture books; Lunch Lady graphic novels) did a TED talk with 4 hours' notice, about his unusual upbringing: "How a Boy Became an Artist" (https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_k...) This book is the graphic novel memo...

    Powerful. Honest. Beautiful. The author?s note had me in tears. I believe this book is powerful beyond measure. It gives a voice to children of addicts, and it?s a voice of hope and courage. ...

    This memoir is every bit as good as people have been saying--a powerful true story of the artist growing up in a family that was so severely affected by addiction. Stunning artwork accompanies raw, real, moving text. I just booktalked this to students and have lots waiting in line to r...

    Every once in a while, a seminal reality-based graphic novel hits with profound impact. Fun Home. Stitches. March. Persepolis. Maus. Blankets. Hey Kiddo can now sit at that table. Bravo, Jarrett. ...

    I'm only aware of Krosoczka's comics -- never have read them but know how popular they were in the library -- but this memoir was a total gut punch and will be for readers who aren't familiar with his work at all. This is a book about growing up with a mother who is addicted to heroin,...

    *4.5 This was such an amazing way to tell a life story, the drawings were fantastic and fit so perfectly with the feel of the story. This book reminded me of a draw my life video and sucked me in totally. I don't typically read memoirs of people I don't know but I'm so glad I read t...

    Emotionally raw and honest. I admire the courage of Krosoczka in sharing his story and Graphix for publishing such a daring book. ...

    Richie?s Picks: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Scholastic/Graphix, October 2018, 320p., ISBN 978-0-545-90247-2 ?I?ve seen the needle and the damage done A little part of it in everyone But every junkie?s like a setting sun? -- Neil Young (1972) ?My mother star...

    After putting my kids to bed tonight, I picked up this book. I had pre-ordered it for my classroom, and when I saw that a Goodreads friend had enjoyed it, I was reminded to take it home. I met Jarrett Krosoczka in 2001, just after graduating college when he was writing and illustrating...

    This is where graphic novels can really make a difference. Krosoczka writes not only of his reality growing up but of a reality that is engulfing parts of America in the case of parents with addiction issues and around the world - the reality of your family not necessarily consisting o...

    Beautiful art work, but the most important thing about this book is that it is so raw and real. I just loved this true story done in a graphic form. Jarrett tells his true life story of being raised by his not so perfect grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict, and his feel...

    One of the best graphic memoirs of the year. This ticked all my boxes: fantastic art, incredible storytelling, and that "stays with you after you put it down" factor. Can't recommend this enough. ...

    I picked up this book simply for the title. My dad called me kiddo. I?m the end, this slice of life graphic novel snuck up on me and hit me in all the feels. Well done ...

    THIS WAS SO DEPRESSING BUT AN AMAZING BOOK The author of this book went through so much in his childhood. I don't think I could possibly have survived through that. ...

  • OliviaK_C2
    Nov 29, 2018

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the author?s note and realized that he?s the creator of Lunch Lady. No wonder I didn?t figure it out. This is not humorous, or light, or action-packed like Lunch Lady is. Because this is a me...

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known about this author before, as I don't read many graphic novels, but I would be curious to ...

    4.5 stars! What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his ...

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - there was brightness in the fact that grandparents raised us, but the negative light that ...

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And I was like, Hey, what a great guy! Love those New Jedi Academy books! But now, having...

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level. ...

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation. ...

    Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing who your father is. Imagine what life would be like if you grew up not knowing where your mother is. Imagine what life would be like being raised up by grandparents who couldn't care less about you. Jarrett J. Krosoczka express...