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Jarrett Krosoczka's autobiographical book is told with courageous honesty and reveals the pain and disruption endured in a young person's life by the struggle with addiction of a parent. A passion for art is the author's salvation and because of that passion and hard work Jarrett Krosoczka became one of today's most beloved children's book author/illustrator. Bravo!— Joan
Winner of both the 2020 Audie Award for Young Adult and the American Library Association’s 2020 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production!
The powerful, unforgettable memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.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.