El Deafo: Superpowered Edition
Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. She’s sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.
Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom but anywhere her teacher is in the school—in the hallway . . . in the teacher’s lounge . . . in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different . . . and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?
El Deafo: Superpowered Edition is a must-have collector’s edition for existing fans and the perfect gift for new readers, with 40 all-new pages of childhood photographs, early sketches, notes from Cece, and much more!
Bell is clearly about my age, given the cultural references, so it might have been helpful to have a year mentioned, so that readers would have an idea that the technology of hearing aids might have changed a bit. My cousin had a device similar to Bell's Sonic Ear, and it was a very large device; even my reader says that before she got an implant, she had a unit that was rather cumbersome. The additional information in the Superpowered edition helps a bit. There are more pictures of Bell as a child, and some pictures of her report cards as well!
The notes on the creative process are interesting; there are preliminary sketches, and notes on how graphic novels are produced. While I knew that lots of books mention "colorists" I hadn't quite grasped that another person created the palette for the book, working closely with Bell, of course. I loved the mix of photos of places and people that came into play in the book and the details of how she works through bringing a story to life from written ideas to a finished and colorized graphic novel. Even if you've read the original 2014 book, it's a treat to pick up this "new and improved" version!