CeCe Bell is the author and the main character in “El Deafo.” Four year old CeCe has a perfect life, until one day, everything turns sil
CeCe Bell is the author and the main character in “El Deafo.” Four year old CeCe has a perfect life, until one day, everything turns silent. She doesn’t know the challenges that lie ahead of her, or what she will encounter with her disability. Already she feels like she is different than everybody else.
In first grade, CeCe gets a new hearing aid, the Phonic Ear. With it, she has the ability to hear whatever is going on around her… almost like a super power! But, the Phonic Ear is enormous and is strapped to her chest. CeCe is convinced that everybody will make fun of her at her new school.
The name “El Deafo” is a secret superhero name that CeCe calls herself. As the years go by, CeCe makes some friends, but then also loses some, either from fights, or just moving away. True friendship is hard to find! She is determined to find that faithful “sidekick” for her superhero self!
This jubilant story was very interesting to read, because it was designed as a graphic memoir rather than just as written text. It was filled with humorous pictures and conversations. I couldn’t put the book down! This story taught me to never judge a book by its cover.
“El Deafo” is an inspiring story that gives the message that its ok to be different. The author, CeCe Bell, is able to connect with the reader by describing how she felt growing up deaf. I would recommend this book to children ages 10 and up, because it has appropriate word choice and fun pictures. This book is uniquely written, humorous and lighthearted. While it is not action packed, it tells a wonderful story.