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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Author of Hey, Kiddo

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About the Author

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times best-selling author/ illustrator. Two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year. (Bowker Author Biography)
Image credit: Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74264766

Series

Works by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hey, Kiddo (2018) 966 copies
Punk Farm (2005) 276 copies
Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) — Editor; Contributor — 249 copies
Baghead (2002) 207 copies
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish (2014) 151 copies
Comics Squad #2: Lunch! (2016) — Editor; Author — 119 copies
Bubble Bath Pirates (2003) 115 copies
Punk Farm on Tour (2007) 112 copies
Max for President (2004) 111 copies
Annie Was Warned (2003) 98 copies
Sunshine (2023) 86 copies
Good Night, Monkey Boy (2001) 66 copies
Comics Squad #3: Detention! (2017) — Editor; Author — 62 copies
My Buddy, Slug (2006) 35 copies
Giddy Up, Cowgirl (2006) 34 copies
Naptastrophe! (2017) 33 copies
Lunch Lady Pk #1 (2010) 2 copies
Lunch Lady Series Set (2013) 1 copy
LUNCH LADY 1 copy

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Birthdate
1977-12-22
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (childhood)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Education
Rhode Island School of Design (BFA | Illustration)
Agent
Rebecca Sherman (Writers House)
Short biography
Jarrett J. Krosoczka used to be a goofy kid that liked to draw. Now, he is an award-winning published author/illustrator with many books to his credit. Six months after graduating RISD, Jarrett carried his portfolio into New York City and landed a contract for his first book. He immediately ran to a pay phone to share the good news with his grandparents. Good Night, Monkey Boy was published on June 12, 2001, and Jarrett has since been busy producing many more books. His work has been short listed by Newsweek, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Jarrett's book Punk Farm, which is about a group of raucous farm animals who form an underground rock band, is currently in development as a feature film.

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A touching memoir about the week during high school the author spent volunteering at a summer camp in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses.

I only wish the whole book were colored like the cover. Instead, the interior is awash in murky gray gloom that contradicts the tone the book otherwise tries to project. Krosoczka's writing has improved since his first memoir, Hey, Kiddo, but someone needs to pry that gray brush out of his hand before the next go round.

(Best of 2023 Project: I'm reading all the graphic novels that made it onto NPR's Books We Love 2023: Favorite Comics and Graphic Novels list.)… (more)
 
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villemezbrown | 9 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
This is a powerful story, no doubt. I think maybe this book didn't impact me as much because I've seen the author's TED talk that covers most of what's in the book. It's still a great book.

My favorite character was Grandma Shirley or "Shirl" as she's called. She reminded me of some older women I know who go against every grandma stereotype. Rough language, rough manners, a kind of coldness on display most of the time. In an early sequence in the book, Krosoczka takes a full spread to address Shirley's miscarriage which seemed like an curious choice to me. But after finishing the book, I think he wanted the reader to know that Shirley's early motherhood wasn't a perfect, pretty picture. He sets us up to sympathize with her before showing us her cruel streak. It's a very Betty Draper Mad Men scene with her kids glued to the TV and her having a cocktail and a cigarette. Every time she was a jerk I flashed back to that spread and wondered when she put that hard shell around her.

I could go on and on about Shirley, I really could. The part where she's so mean to Jarrett when he gives her a portrait he drew for her anniversary almost made me cry. And when Jarrett is telling Shirley about meeting his siblings for the first time and her response is to tell him not to interrupt her TV show. Yikes. Yet we know she loves her kids and meets their basic needs. Somehow I had a hard time holding her bad behavior against her. That is a good character -- my feelings about her are all mixed up and she has really stayed with me.

In terms of the Newbery, I can see this having a chance even though it's on the mature end of "children's literature." Generally, I'd say this is ages 14 and up, but I can see a 12- or 13-year-old with interest in the subject matter (drug addiction, parent in jail, childhood trauma) getting a lot out of it.

To nitpick, there's one grammatically questionable sentence. On page 95 narrator Jarrett says, "And it was really nice having my mom there. I liked being able for her to meet some of my friends, and for them to meet her." The phrase "being able for her to meet" makes me cringe. I wonder how it got past editors, though I recognize that grammar can be fluid and maybe it doesn't sound jarringly awful to everyone. In my opinion it would sound better as "I liked her being able to meet my friends..." or "I liked that she was able to meet my friends.."
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LibrarianDest | 58 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
I knew HEY, KIDDO would likely be a heavy story for me to read. Like Krosoczka and many others, I grew up with addiction in my household. This is an honest portrayal of bittersweet childhood experiences, interspersed with mementos like letters and old drawings that root the story in reality. It is not all sad, but Krosoczka does not shy away from the darker moments and complexities of his family members. The family we are given are not always perfect, but they are ours, for better or worse. Krosoczka's inkwash illustrations and limited palette lend an extra touch of somberness to the story. And throughout it all, there is hope; a key part of the story is the love and appreciation for art that eventually leads Jarrett Krosoczka to a career in children's books. At 300 pages, this is a meaty, cathartic read.… (more)
 
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nilaffle | 58 other reviews | Nov 6, 2023 |
Peanut Butter and Jelly Fish is such a cute book! The art style is perfect for the ocean setting and the whole book has full paged illustrations. Even the inside cover in the front and the back are cute, showing the fishing boat going out to sea and then at the end showing the fisherman and his outcome. The colors are also very vibrant and hold your attention. Most importantly of all however, the story is great. This is a fable that has a very important message that though may at first glance seem like something every one should know, is honestly something people need to be constantly reminded of-- and that goes for all ages. Everyone comes across people who respond negatively to them and how we decide to respond in turn, and furthermore whether we stop to think on the other person's point of view, is something easily skewed by emotion and point of view. A lot of the time, it is the people that are so negative that are going through the hardest things in life and responding in positivity, if possible, or even just lending a little understanding or giving the benefit of a doubt could be a small change that effects the other person in a big way. Also how cute are the names Peanut Butter and Jelly Fish?… (more)
 
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rianainthestacks | 8 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |

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