Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Hey Kiddo
Join Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he reads from his graphic memoir—Hey Kiddo. After the reading, Jarret will be joined on stage by National Book Award-winning author Jeanne Birdsall to discuss writing, children’s literature, and the saving power of creativity.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 4-6pm
From the author and illustrator of Punk Farm, Platypus Police Squad, and the popular Lunch Lady series comes a new graphic novel about growing up in a family altered by opioid addiction.
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Jarrett’s powerful memoir chronicles his childhood emerging through generations of addiction and his coming of age as an artist.
Read the New York Times Article on Hey Kiddo here.
See more of Jarrett’s children’s book artwork here.
Original drawings – studies inspired by Hey Kiddo and Worcester, MA.
See more of Jarrett’s work here.