152: An Interview with Jerry Craft

An Interview with Jerry Craft

From real life to written page

June 7, 2019


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Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. His newest book, New Kid, is a middle grade graphic novel that has earned four starred reviews, including one from Booklist Magazine that called it "Possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year."

We talk about:

  • How turning your real life experiences into fiction is different than writing straight to fiction.
  • How to take real life moments and turn them into fiction.
  • How not to make it just a retelling of real life.

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Elizabeth Martinez
June 11, 2019

I like that he incorporated how the main character navigated the difficulties of transitioning from one world to the other everyday, as well as, the side that people don't often think about. The side of the rich kid downplaying his wealth because he was also trying to navigate that world from a different perspective. Each story has its own voice, and I resent when stories are immediately categorized or compared to others, rather than judged based on their own merits. Though Jerry's story shared similarities to "The Hate You Give" in that the main character navigated two very different worlds, he differed in his approach to characterization and humor.

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