El Deafo is about hearing loss, of course, but it’s also about my family. Here’s an early scene from the book:
I based the pictures of me and my siblings on these photos from 1974 or so:
We changed, as all kids do, with the passage of time. Somehow, the whole Bell family turned into the Addams Family. Here we are three years later. Cue some finger snaps! I think it’s safe to say that if this were the Munsters, Mom would be Marilyn, Lily’s “normal” niece. She looks great! It’s also safe to say that if Sarah saw this post, she’d be furious…
I don’t think you can see any hearing aid cords in the picture above. Pretty sure that was around the time that I got my first behind-the-ear hearing aids. An older neighbor girl came to our house before this picture was made and curled Sarah’s and my hair. Maybe she curled Ashley’s hair, too, bless him. And Dad? He’s thinking about something he shouldn’t be thinking about. Clearly.
So, today was a great day because BOTH Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson (they wrote an awesome book together called Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature ) posted very nice things about El Deafo. They are also the geniuses behind fuse#8 and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Let’s call them family, too, just for today: two really, really nice younger sisters who decided to take their Big Sissy (doesn’t that sound horrible?) out for ice cream. Here’s Betsy’s post for SLJ, and here’s Julie’s post for Bookpage.
Here’s Julie and Betsy’s beautiful book. I am a proud older sister, indeed.
Thanks for reading! Only 12 days to go!