National Public Radio (NPR) recently featured “El Deafo,” a new book from children’s author and illustrator Cece Bell, who chronicles her own story about growing up with profound hearing loss after suffering a bout of meningitis at the age of four. According to her interview with Arun Rath on NPR, Bell’s book is a humorous memoir that follows her transformation from a mild-mannered little girl into a self-proclaimed superhero. Feeling empowered by her new hearing aids, little “El Deafo,” uses her new technology-assisted “super-hearing” to embark on a series of misadventures.
To read highlights of Cece Bell’s interview, download the transcript, purchase the book, or listen to the story, visit the “All Things Considered” books page on the NPR website. The book, which was co-written by David Lasky, is a combination children’s book/graphic novel that runs 233 pages. It is available in hard cover.