El Deafo by Cece Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
El Deafo is the story of Cece growing up with hearing loss and having to use a special hearing aid to hear at school. The book is written in the format of a comic, which helps to pull the reader in and help them really understand how each of the characters is feeling in a situation.
This book does a good job of showing children, and really adults, that differences are not something to be upset about or a reason to treat someone badly, they are what makes us who we are, and can bring us closer to others as they learn more about us.
The Sonic Ear creates a lot of funny moments in this book, but it also created problems when Cece tried to figure out how to fit in. I hope that children reading this book realize that just because you may not be outright laughing in someone's face, does not mean that you are actually treating them well. It's hard for most people to really figure out who is just acting nice, and who is being a true friend. Cece has the added difficulty of wondering if people will always treat her differently because of her hearing loss.
The whole story is something I feel everyone can relate to, even if you have no physical disability or limitation. We all just want to feel included and have someone understand us. Of course, we can't all be cool and have a superpower like El Deafo.
Author: Cece Bell
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
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