Interview: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
On Saturday, April 27th, while attending the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, I managed to slow Jarrett down long enough to ask him the exact same questions I ask every other kids comics creator I run across. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I’ll translate for you.
This has been an amazing year for Jarrett J. Krosoczka. He gave an inspirational TED talk in October (for which he had almost no time to prepare and yet managed to knock out of the park). The ninth volume of his Lunch Lady series came out in April. His first novel, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked, was released in May and a few weeks later NPR chose the Lunch Lady series to be part of its Backseat Book Club. He also files a regular interview series on Sirius XM Radio called The Book Report where he talks to children’s book authors and illustrators. All this adds up to me being very lucky Jarrett had time to talk with me at all!
Books mentioned in this video:
- Babymouse series, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm (see Jennifer and Matt‘s interviews)
- Bake Sale, by Sara Veron
- The Flying Beaver Brothers series, by Eaton Maxwell III
- Toon Books series, by various
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
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About Eva Volin
Eva Volin is the Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library in California. She has written about graphic novels for such publications as Booklist, Library Journal, ICv2, Graphic Novel Reporter, and Children & Libraries. She has served on several awards committees including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She served on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee for three years and is currently serving on ALSC's Notable Books for Children committee.
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