El Deafo by Cece Bell

89%

7 Critic Reviews

Cece’s predilection for bursting into tears at the wrong time belies a gift for resilience that makes her someone readers will enjoy getting to know.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.
 

About Cece Bell

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Cece Bell has illustrated several books for children, most of which she also wrote. Among these are the perennial favorite Sock Monkey books. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom Angleberger, best-selling author of the Origami Yoda books, and their two sons. Visit her at www.cecebell.com.
 
Published September 2, 2014 by Amulet Books. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for El Deafo
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 22 2014

Readers will empathize with Cece as she tries to find friends who aren’t bossy or inconsiderate, and they’ll rejoice with her when she finally does.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 07 2014

Cece’s predilection for bursting into tears at the wrong time belies a gift for resilience that makes her someone readers will enjoy getting to know.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Bouton on Aug 22 2014

Bell’s book should be an inspiration for those who are “different,” and it should help others to understand just what being different means. Required reading isn’t always fun reading. “El Deafo” should be the first and is definitely the second.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Rhys Ponsford on Nov 19 2015

I like how the book shows how she copes with all these fragile relationships and how she holds on to her courage to make friends.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by ItWasLovelyReadingYou on Aug 17 2014

El Deafo is your little pocket of bravery and struggle for happiness and normalcy disguised in rich cartoons and heartwarming conclusions.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Twilight Vi on Aug 02 2014

What I really loved is that this is a story of friendship and it reminds you that you should always be lovely to a new girl or boy at school.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by James Lovegrove on Oct 10 2014

Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir of growing up in the 1970s as a profoundly deaf child is free of any self-pity. It’s an honest and rather sweet tale of a girl coming to terms with her disability...The characters are cute rabbits, but don’t be put off by that. El Deafo is heartfelt, eye-opening, funny and beautifully drawn.

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