Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo Review

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 interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist.

To date, nearly one million people have viewed Krosoczka's TED Talk about his experience. Artwork from his childhood and teen years will be incorporated into the original illustrations for the book.

Title:Hey, Kiddo
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Lola

    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 no...

  • Malia

    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 abo...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    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 Krosoczk...

  • Cassie Thomas

    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 - ther...

  • Brooke ? brooklynnnnereads

    This graphic novel came out of left field and hit me, it hit me hard. Prior to receiving this to review, I had not heard anything regarding this graphic novel so although it was a happy surprise, I wa...

  • Jen Petro-Roy

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

  • Diane

    Hey, Kiddo is an amazing graphic memoir. I saw it listed as a finalist for the National Book Award, and I was drawn to Jarrett's story of his dysfunctional family. Jarrett was raised by his maternal g...

  • Jessica

    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...

  • Tatiana

    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....

  • David Schaafsma

    I read this 300 page graphic memoir in one sitting. It's a fairly straightforward and simply sketched--which is to say intimate--tale of a boy growing up without a father and mostly without his mother...