Tuesday, December 9, 2014

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

"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." (Barnes and Nobel)
I will be the first person to tell you I am NOT a Graphic Novel fan. I've never been a big fan of the comics in the newspaper. Graphic Novels are just not my style. However, I have been trying to branch out lately and expand my comfort zone of reading. 

That being said, I really liked reading El Deafo by CeCe Bell. I found myself surprised by the size of the Phonic Ear that CeCe had to wear during the 1970's. All of the hearing aids/ devices I've ever seen have been MUCH smaller and easier to hide. I thought the idea of using rabbits as people was really cute and a great way to tell her story. 

El Deafo ©2014 by Amulet Books

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