Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Dealt with Family Addiction
Current teens who spent their elementary years reading and re-reading Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady books are going to be thrilled to know that Jarrett is back. This time he's the one donning the heroic yellow gloves as he lets the readers peep into his young childhood through courageous and heart wrenching words and images in his new graphic memoir.
Keep tissues handy and make sure you have a few hours set aside. You won't want to stop reading. This graphic novel is filled with love, hope, strength, the search for family, and words and images that will make you wonder, "What is a mother? Who is a mother?" Warning: You will continue to keep Jarrett in your thoughts days and days after finishing. As an outsider, I have always viewed Jarrett as a success story, the famous graphic novelist, the one whose books are torn and are forever checked out of my library. Now he's offering us a raw glimpse into his struggles, his bravery, his family and sharing how his art became his first line of therapy. Maybe I won't stop thinking about him till I see him again for a big hug and the opportunity to say, "Thank you."
|March 2013 with my then 6 year old Zack|
|Me with Jarrett and Gina before the banquet last month|
And I found this Twitter thread so fascinating and inspiring:
An ode to David Levithan, @loversdiction.— Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@StudioJJK) June 26, 2018
Because sometimes our mentors are also our peers.