"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

16 February 2015

El Deafo

Bell, Cece. El Deafo. Harry N. Abrams, 2014.

Cece contracted meningitis when she was very young and consequently is severely hearing-impaired. She wears a hearing aid called "phonic ears" when she is at school so that she can hear her teacher and follow along with her class. Cece imagines herself to be a superhero with her ability to hear her teacher anywhere, even when her teacher goes to the teacher's lounge or the bathroom!

This graphic novel gave great insight into living with a hearing impairment. From the difficulties of lip-reading on television to convincing people not to speak extra loudly/slowly, Bell gives the reader insight into a different world. The readable graphic-novel format will make this book approachable for a wide range of children. Recommended.

Recommended for: middle grade
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Hurt Go Happy, The Adventures of Superhero Girl,How Mirka Got Her Sword

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