Review of El Deafo: Superpowered Edition!

El Deafo: Superpowered Edition!
by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; color by David Lasky
Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    288 pp.    g
10/20    978-1-4197-4831-8    $19.99

Bell’s 2014 graphic memoir is here re-issued with a wealth of “superpowered extras.” Childhood photos with friendly hand-lettered captions, often showing key items referenced in the memoir (stuffed companion Miss Bunn, the Phonic Ear) drive home the point that there are real people behind the book’s bunnies. Another section details the tale’s process from idea to book to fan art and Newbery Honor, with images including sketches and reference photos. The original itself is, as The Horn Book said (rev. 11/14), “exceptionally informative and entertaining”; this edition adds plenty to pore over for those with ­questions about bookmaking, cartooning, Deafness, or simply about El Deafo.

From the March/April 2021 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, associate editor of The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. She has served on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Sydney Taylor Book Award committees.

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