What’s the real story of Jarrett J. Krosoczka, this year’s Lower School visiting author?
He is the creator of children’s picture books, chapter books (Platypus Police Squad series), and an enormously popular graphic novel series, featuring Lunch Lady, whose motto is “serving Justice and serving...lunch.”
However, Jarrett Krosoczka’s own biography is harder to pin down. A visit to his sophisticated website offers an array of options under biography, including the following:
Fake Biography (Excerpt): “Jarrett lived and worked on a farm in Wisconsin. There, he discovered that the barnyard animals were holding secret rock shows at night...he wrote a picture book, with their blessing, called Punk Farm.”
Ridiculous Biography (Excerpt): “Every time there is a full moon, Jarrett must go into hiding. Because when the moon is full, Jarrett turns into a were-slug! Half man, half slimy slug…”
Biography According to Ralph (his family’s pet pug): “Yawn. Snore. Snore. TREAT?! Did you say treat?...Snort.snort.”
The Short Biography gets it down to one essential fact: “Jarrett J. Krosoczka writes books.” And, boy, do kids love them; his books are top sellers on Amazon, and they have been spotlighted in the New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and Newsweek. He has won many awards, including the Children’s Choices Book Award.
Many of his titles are available in the Cooper Library and for sale in the Norfolk Academy Bookstore in preparation for his visit this weekend. Krosoczka (pronounced Crow-Sauce-Ka) arrives on Sunday, March 25, for a festive event that includes book signing at 3 p.m. and a presentation for parents and students at 5 p.m. Between those times, faculty members will offer workshops and activities, including Jedi stage-fighting (a nod to the author’s Star Wars Jedi Academy series) and comic-book drawing. On Monday, Krosoczka will do three presentations for students about his work as an artist/writer.
While his books are “so fun and popular,” according to Elizabeth Johnson, Director of the Cooper Library, “they also have important messages, such as standing up for yourself and the power of friendship.” The superheroine of the Lunch Lady series, who fights crime with the help of tools like a “spatu-copter” (a helicopter fashioned from spatulas, made by her friend in crime-fighting, Betty) and her “lunch tray laptop,” demonstrates that “everyone has multiple dimensions and special talents—we are not always what we seem,” Johnson said.
The library has organized an array of activities to spotlight Krosoczka’s work and fuel enthusiasm. Librarians have offered quizzes about the author’s life and his fictional works, held raffles to win books, and created a video with interviews of Lower School students about their school superheroes.
Author's website: StudioJJK.com