Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hey, Kiddo

Amazing.

There's a huge buzz around Jarrett J. Krosoczka's graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo. All of the praise is well-deserved. Krosozka delves into his family history and shares about his mother's heroin addiction, his loving but troubled grandparents, and his absent father.

While his mother popped in and out of his life (and jail), Jarrett grew in his artistic talent. By including many of his childhood drawings and museum clippings, Krosoczka shows young readers that cartoonists aren't born full formed; they develop their skills and take classes to improve. The emphasis on hard work is clear and I hope it is a takeaway for all readers.

This is a story that will speak to so many young readers, so it surprised me that there were only 5 copies in the Worcester area library system. This is where it is set and where the author's lie was shaped! I am going to encourage my local branch to get their own copy because it is another way for readers to see themselves in print, and because it is a book that deserves to be read.

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