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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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"If kids walk away from my books with anything, I hope they have enjoyed reading the books and will be encouraged to read, draw, and create."--Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author-illustrator of Good Night, Monkey Boy; Baghead; Annie Was Warned; and Max for President. The author lives in Boston, MA.


“How old were you when you started drawing?” This is a question that I get asked often and not one that I can truly answer. I really don’t know when I first started drawing. I always did, I just never stopped.

I would come home from school and just draw character after character and put them in various scenarios. I was in 3rd grade when I wrote and illustrated a book for the first time. As a kid, I was lucky to have the Worcester Art Museum just down the street from me and even luckier that my grandfather sent me to classes there starting in 6th grade. My first class was a cartooning class and most classes after that had something to do with cartooning! I was in love with Peanuts by Charles Shultz and Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. In fact, all throughout childhood and high school I wanted to either be a cartoonist for a comic strip or a comic book and I also thought that I might be an animator. When I was in high school, I got to be the cartoonist for my school paper and I got such a charge out of seeing my work published.

Right before I graduated high school, two big things happened- 1) I started volunteering at a camp for seriously ill children and 2) I saw two incredible books — The Garden of Abdul Gasazi and The Salamander Room. Both experiences opened my eyes to the potential that creating picture books for a young audience had.

So when I was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, I had already decided that I wanted to be an author and an illustrator for picture books. But I wasn’t able to just draw my characters all of the time. I had to take a ton of painting and drawing classes! At the time, I hated it, but I learned so much. It was after I copied a painting by John Singer Sargent that my work took another turn - I started painting my characters! Aside from all of my studio courses, I also took several creative writing courses to sharpen up my writing skills.

Determined to get published, I started submitting stories to publishers while I was still a student. I received a great deal of rejection letters and I also wrote a great deal of new stories.

I graduated and continued to send submissions to publishers like a madman. Eventually, I was invited in by an editor at Random House to show my portfolio. And that is when Good Night, Monkey Boy got picked up! It was a dream come true! My first book would be published! People would read it! My name would be on the spine!

So really, what I do now, isn’t any different from what I’ve been doing since I was a kid — I tell stories with pictures and words. And again- I have no plans of stopping!

“A delicious mix of suspense and wit.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

“A prime read-aloud candidate.”—The Bulletin

“Young audiences will shiver with pleasure.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Playful . . . eye-catching.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Especially winning.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author Bookshelf

Annie was Warned

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Annie was warned not to go to the creepy Montgomery mansion . . . and maybe she wouldn’t have if her best friend hadn’t dared her. But Annie isn’t afraid of anything. Not bats, not spiders,...

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch kids are looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with no funny business. What evils could befall them at summer camp?Of course, there is the legendary swamp monster....

Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Dee, Terrence, and Hector are very excited about Author Visit Day. Lewis Scribson is the author of the famous Flippy Bunny books, and Hector is a huge fan! And it gets Dee and Terrence out of math class.


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Serving justice . . . and lunch!

Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she...

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Serving justice . . . and lunch!

Lunch Lady can sniff out something rotten like no one else—and there’s definitely something rotten going on in the library. The usually friendly librarians...

Max for President

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Max thinks that he would like to be class president.

So does Kelly.

But there can only be one president!

Who will the class elect?

Full of laughs and suspense, Max for President...

Punk Farm

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed.

But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.

Punk Farm on Tour

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

FARMER JOE IS heading off to a Tractor Society Conference in Reno. But meanwhile, back at the farm . . .

. . . Cow, Sheep, Pig, Goat, and Chicken are getting ready to rock across the U.S.A. as they set...

Ollie the Purple Elephant

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Ollie is a purple elephant who is lost and has no place to call home.  Until Shelby and Peter find him in the park—and invite him to live with them.  Soon Ollie is a regular part of the family. ...

Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Breakfast Bunch is excited for the upcoming bake sale—and the best part is that it's raising money for an awesome field trip.  But when all the snacks go missing, it's no laughing matter. ...

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are on a school field trip to a famous art museum. But while Lunch Lady is busy taking in all the culture, the kids have caught onto something strange—some of the...

Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Breakfast Bunch have joined the mathletes team, and are all set to win the championship trophy for Thompson Brook Elementary School—they only need to beat the defending champs from Willowby Academy. ...

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

It's picture day at Thompson Brook, but the students are plagued by a freak acne epidemic. While the Breakfast Bunch scrambles to put their best faces forward, their hifalutin photographer raises Lunch...

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are the best of friends. They swim up. They swim down. They swim all around. Except near Crabby, who never has anything nice to say to them. "You two swim like humans" is the least of his...

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The race is on for a new student council president, and the Breakfast Bunch is rallying for Hector! The competition is already heavy, but the race heats up when school security is at stake: student and...

Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and Betty have been unceremoniously cut from the school budget, and the timing couldn't be worse—the villains from all nine of her previous adventures are worming their way back into Thompson...

Comics Squad: Recess!

By: Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, Gene Yang, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Dav Pilkey

A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina...

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lost balloons. Melted ice cream. Babysitters.

Life as a kid can be pretty daunting. But don’t let these troubles get you down. With the right attitude, a hurdle can become a hammock and an obstacle...


By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

From the creator of Punk Farm and the acclaimed Lunch Lady graphic novel series comes a hilarious romp about one little girl’s insistence that she does NOT need a nap.
It’s a tale as old as time—naptime, that is.

Comics Squad #2: Lunch!

By: Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Cece Bell, Jeffrey Brown

Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favorite comic characters are right here in one book, including...

Comics Squad #3: Detention!

By: Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Victoria Jamieson, and Ben Hatke

A comics collection from some of the biggest stars in graphic novels, including Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Victoria Jamieson!
Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you...