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Cece Bell writes kid books with heart and humor

February 21, 2015

P1040418After Cece Bell’s autobiographical graphic novel El Deafo won a Newbery Honor this year, I decided to see what else she’d written. Today I read and loved Sock Monkey Rides Again. As you can see in the picture, our sock monkey dolls also enjoyed the book. There’s nothing quite like seeing yourself in a book! (FooFoo is 22 but still loves picture books, as do his buddies.)

Bell’s sense of humor is hilarious. In Sock Monkey Rides Again, the main character, a famous toy actor, grapples with whether he can actually kiss a girl—a must if he is going to be famous. Now I can’t wait to read Bell’s other Sock Monkey books.

If you haven’t already, check out (literally) El Deafo. This graphic novel is about a deaf rabbit (Cece, of course) who wears a bulky hearing aid strapped to her chest to school. The aid embarrasses her before she discovers she can use it to overhear her teacher’s gossip (and restroom tinkles). Thus she becomes the superhero El Deafo, whose super powers suddenly make her a sought-after friend.

Frankly I think everyone with a sense of humor and everyone with a desire to understand what it’s like to be “different” at school would want to read El Deafo.

El Deafo Interior

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  1. Vern Smith permalink
    February 22, 2015 6:58 am

    Cute. I had a nephew that had an electronical device (not a hearing aid, but similar, built it himself) that he could pick up neighbors conversations across the highway. He had a lot of fun with it. Brought back memories. He is an adult now. Vern

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