Parents' Guide to

El Deafo

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.

El Deafo Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Very inappropriate for young kids

In one part el deco looks down her shirt and spells attic >^

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 7+
I think my expectations were too high for this book. I think it is certainly important to give kids the opportunity to learn about and empathize with the experiences of the author. Because I have read some really amazing stories in which there are similar opportunities with regard to other subject matter ("Out of My Mind," "Fish in a Tree," for example), I thought this would be similar. I found this story interesting as an adult, but it seemed aimed at a much younger age group than 9--the story-teller and the language were very child-like. And, however educational and important this story is, it was simply not a page-turner for me. It was a fast read because it was simple, not because I had to keep going to find out what happened.

This title has:

Educational value
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (19):

Funny, perceptive, and truthful, EL DEAFO expertly captures the experience of wanting to fit in and find a best friend, whether you're deaf or can hear perfectly. Young Cece is a hugely likable main character, alternately feisty and insecure, engrossed in her fantasy life while attuned to the pitfalls of reality. Cartoonist Cece Bell may use anthropomorphic rabbits as stand-ins for her characters, but their humanity shines through on every page.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate