El Deafo

El Deafo

Book - 2014
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sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Visuals: 10/10
I loved this graphic novel. What a privilege to get this perspective on Cece Bell's deaf experience in such a fun, engaging manner. I loved that some of the conflicts derived from Cece's audio and visual difficulties, but many also derived from her relationships, so there was a balance throughout. The comic book style was cute, but still dynamic and relatable.

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bitagold
Jun 02, 2019

It is a really funny book specially for kids. I loved it hope you do too.

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kellybishop200
Apr 09, 2019

One of the best children's graphic novels of all time.

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weerdness
Feb 20, 2019

El Deafo is a very powerful and meaningful graphic memoir.

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darladoodles
Nov 04, 2018

This graphic novel is the complete package. The book itself is beautifully colored and a pleasure to hold in your hands. Cece Bell's story is at times quirky, funny and emotional to read. I really loved it and the opportunity to grow in empathy for people who have varying degrees of deafness. The Author's Note at the end is also so informative and helpful. "Our differences are our superpowers." Thank you for that message, Cece!

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yuki2006
Jul 21, 2018

This book showed how that new schools mean nothing and neither do hearing aids. It shows courage, bravery and fun. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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ryner
Apr 30, 2018

In this charming, autobiographical, children's graphic novel Cece Bell illustrates her experiences as a child who lost her hearing due to illness at the age of four. Humorous, heartwarming and illuminating.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A delightful autobiography of the author's childhood while dealing with hearing loss

ArapahoeSarahD Nov 12, 2017

Growing up isn't always easy. Neither is moving to a new town or making new friends or trying to do all of that while dealing with sudden deafness. This brave little girl found her way by becoming her own hero.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

The author's story of growing up with hearing loss, and her unique (one might even say "super") way of dealing with it. Good for anybody who loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio or who likes stories of kids overcoming difficulties to become even better.

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Jennypa815
Oct 17, 2017

So Good!!!!!!

LPL_MeredithW Oct 07, 2017

Funny and charming, with cute art and a very thought-provoking afterword. Recommended!

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katebus
Sep 05, 2017

My 8-year old son was reluctant to read it because it seemed sad, but then read it 2 or 3 times in a row and took it with him on vacation. It's a great book, well drawn and written. More hopeful and funny than sad. Recommended to all.

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Bhulsey
Aug 29, 2017

Read this graphic novel because it was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA) for 2017. I'm glad I did because it is an amazing story about accepting your differences and a window into how to communicate and treat others who are differently abled.

JCLBeckyC Aug 21, 2017

Readalikes: Raina Telgmeier, Ann M. Martin, Holly Goldberg Sloan

ArapahoeStaff12 Jul 27, 2017

After losing her hearing early in life, Cece must struggle with learning how to use hearing aids in order to get through life and school. Based on the author's childhood, this book is great for kids and adults a like!

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breezybaby101
Jul 18, 2017

I loved this book it was sooooo amazing. It was really funny, sad, and happy. i would definitely recommend this to everyone. not only was it an amazing book but I also learned a bit. for example, I didn't know that hearing aids used to be boxes with two ear buds.

LUV IT!!!! <3

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nastyaloots
Jun 23, 2017

El Deafo is a great book from a childs perspective. It will always remain my favorite graphic novel of all time and the story will make you cry and laugh. This book gives you a full perspective how a deaf person lives there everyday life. Totally recommend it!

ArapahoeLesley Apr 11, 2017

A great biographical graphic novel about the authors struggle with growing up deaf. Geared towards young-ins this is still great for all ages.

Of all of the great books, my favorite is probably "El Deafo". Even though it's a comic, Cece Bell puts real friendship and feeling into this book, and not fake ones. - Anna, age 10

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PinesandPrejudice
Feb 15, 2017

This was a delightful book with an endearing story. While it was told from a child's prospective, I enjoyed the honesty and the imaginative nature. I will remember this story fondly, especially since I learned a lot about the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. I think all of us have a "superhero" side to us and "El Deafo" brought Cece's to life.

Jessica_M_ Jan 27, 2017

A favorite of mine, El Deafo is an excellent comic book with a meaningful message at its heart. Cece will take you back to your childhood. She will make you laugh and cry.

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jessicafang19
Dec 04, 2016

I love this book soo much! <3 I cried a bit. Cece!! AHHH!!!
I read it in the summer literally 7 times
~amazing

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Ashley1229
Dec 03, 2016

I loveeee this book!!!! I always wanted to read this book at school, because, my teacher has this book. I loveCeCe soooooooo much! But that is sad that CeCe lost her hearing when she was 4

ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

El Deafo is such a beautiful story of a real girl growing up with severe hearing loss. The story is narrated from Cece Bell's point of view when she was a little girl. What this book really does, is show how people who have suffered from any amount of hearing loss deal with the real world and identifies things that hearing people do that drive them crazy and do not help them at all to understand the sounds around them--don't yell at them, turning up the TV doesn't help, don't talk sooooo slowwwwly, etc.

This is definitely something that needs to be addressed, and the fact that Cece Bell turned this into a graphic novel makes it even easier for readers to actually see the situation as well as read about it. What adds to the incredible storyline is Cece's "superpower" and how she uses her inner superhero to interact with people and when needed, escape or make light of the annoying and difficult parts of her life. This is a MUST READ NOW!


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