Book Review of El Deafo
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Cece Bell
Colored by David Lasky
Ages 7+ | 288 Pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (2014) | ISBN-13: 9781419748318
What to Expect: Graphic Novel, Hearing Impairment, and Memoir
El Deafo, written by the talented author-illustrator Cece Bell and winner of the Newbery Honor in 2015, is a graphic novel not to be missed. It’s an outstanding, uplifting, and inspiring piece of literature critically acclaimed by readers and industry experts alike. This book cleverly takes the superhero genre and puts a refreshing spin on it. Through the portrayal of bunny characters (bunnies because they are known for their big ears and excellent hearing), Bell has managed to amplify the book’s whimsical feel providing readers with a remarkable story of a young girl living with hearing impairment.
But this book does more than just tell a story. It serves as a powerful reminder of our innate strength and the unique qualities within us all that become sources of great power. As you read about Cece’s journey, which is often heartwarming and humorous, readers are inspired to embrace their distinctive attributes and use them to achieve their wildest dreams.
El Deafo is an autobiographical story based loosely on author Cece Bell’s childhood and growing up hearing impaired. It’s a refreshing and empowering work that motivates and reminds us of the significance of cultivating one’s unique superpower.
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About the Author
Cece Bell is the author of the Newbery Honor Book and Eisner Award winner El Deafo, which received four starred reviews, was named a 2014 best book by Parents magazine, and is a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of Rabbit and Robot, winner of a Geisel Honor. Cece lives with her husband, Tom Angleberger, in Christiansburg, Virginia.
For more information, follow www.cecebell.wordpress.com.
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