Cece is just a normal little girl until one day she gets very sick and her parents have to rush her to the hospital. The diagnosis: Meningitis. Cece makes a gradual recovery only to discover that she can’t seem to make out what people are saying to her. Her hearing, it’s gone. Now Cece must adapt to life with limited hearing abilities, at home, in school, with friends. It won’t be easy, but with the help of her family, a new best friend, her phonic ear, and her superhero alter ego, Cece is well on her way.
Bell, C. (2014). El Deafo. New York: Abrams.
Textbook Assignment #6
- El Deafo, a memoir about growing up hearing impaired, is appealing because it’s written in a comic book format. The color, illustrations, comic likeness, and Cece’s superhero alter ego is a huge selling point to young readers who are not yet ready for older novels, but are still transitioning from picture books. Children around the same age as Cece will have a firmer grasp on her insecurities about being different, and her growing pains at school. Children are all different, and I think that El Deafo would attract their attention because it presents an impairment through a more positive perspective, on a light note with capes and superpowers.