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Cece Bell on El Deafo

eldeafoIn the November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Deirdre Baker asked Cece Bell about her graphic novel memoir El Deafo — which is told entirely with anthropomorphic bunnies. Read the starred review here; see more grrl-power graphic novels here.

Deirdre F. Baker: Why did you choose to tell your autobiography with bunny characters?

Cece Bell: As the only deaf kid in my elementary school, I felt very different and isolated from everyone else. Having to wear my awkward hearing aid intensified that feeling. To metaphorically show the magnitude of this, I made all the characters bunnies.

What are bunnies known for? Big ears; excellent hearing. In the book, my bunny ears are just as big as everyone else’s — but they don’t work the same. Plus, I’ve got those funny-looking cords. Embarrassing! It wasn’t easy being a broken-eared bunny. And thankfully, I don’t feel like that now.

From the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Deirdre Baker About Deirdre Baker

Deirdre F. Baker, a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine and the Toronto Star, teaches children’s literature at the University of Toronto. The author of Becca
at Sea (Groundwood), she is currently at work on a sequel—written in the
past tense.

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  1. Dear Ms. Baker: I read your recent “Small Print” column in the Star, and wondered if you would be interested in receiving a copy of Caravaggio: Signed in Blood (Tradewind, Nov. 2014) for review. The novel is historical adventure for 12- to 14-year olds. If you would like a copy, please contact me at the email address above.

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