Each year, first-year students at Connecticut College engage in a shared summer reading along with their faculty, staff, and student advisers. The 2019 selection is Hey, Kiddo, a graphic memoir by New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
Hey, Kiddo tells the true story of a young boy growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts. With a mother incarcerated for crimes related to her addiction, and a father he has never known, he is being cared for by two devoted, if irascible, grandparents. Rather than falling into resentment and despair, though, the boy is ultimately lifted by two different kinds of love: the bonds of family and the passion for art. The book’s subtitle (“How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction”) foretells the many twists and reconciliations to follow, but Hey Kiddo’s most evocative images speak compellingly about the life-changing effects of family, creativity, and resilience.
Please visit Additional Resources to read book reviews about Hey, Kiddo and videos of interviews with the author.
Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka was grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has published more than thirty books, the first of which was published at the age of twenty-three. He is widely acclaimed for his Lunch Lady graphic novels. He is the two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and National Book Awards 2018 for Young People’s Literature. He resides in western Massachusetts with his wife and children.
As part of the One Book, One Region initiative of New London County, author Jarrett J. Krosoczka will visit campus to discuss his work on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., in Palmer Auditorium.