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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.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.



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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (born December 22, 1977 in Worcester, MA) is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he received his first book contracts six months after graduation. He had been submitting for two years at that point, submitting his first book to a publisher during his junior year. His first book, Good Night, Monkey Boy was published on June 12, 2001 by Random House. Krosoczka was also an instructor at Montserrat College of Art for four years. In 2003, Krosoczka was chosen by Print as one of their 20 top new visual artists under 30. He got married in September 2007.



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