House & Studio

My studio is one of them thar barns from Home Depot!


With electricity and floors and shelves and stuff:

Do Not Touch Or Bother Or I Will Touch Or Bother You!

Also known as “The Hermitage” and “Keep Out.” Right next to the house, so I can pretend that I am “going to work” everyday by leaving the house and walking the few steps it takes to get over there. It’s lovely!

My house is an over-painted, over-buttoned mess. But it’s all dedicated to Sock Monkey, so hopefully that makes it A-O.K.

The front door of my house

Bathroom art: Sock Monkey takin' a bath!

Kitchen cabinets, featuring Chef S.M.

Salt n' Peppa!

Eggs n' Dairy!

A-yumma yumma!

25 Responses to “House & Studio”

  1. Lisa Yee March 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    WooooWheeeeee, I’m having some serious studio envy, here!!!!!

  2. freshhell March 7, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    OOOH, I need one of those!

    • Tom Angleberger March 7, 2012 at 2:37 am #

      Don’t you know it, Dusty and Red’s mom!

  3. peyton100 April 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    wow cool

  4. The Evil Jawa April 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I like the door! Ha ha ha!

  5. Justin Blakeman May 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I teach kindergarten here in Jacksonville Florida and our class loves Bee-Wigged. Our school does a character parade for literacy week and I put on my best wig and borrowed my daughters stuffed bee and I was Jerry the bee.
    All the best.
    Mr. Blakeman New Berlin Elementary.

    • Cece Bell May 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      I love this! I would’ve really enjoyed seeing you in that parade as Jerry. I’m so glad you like the book. It’s still my favorite of all the books I’ve done. Hope your summer is wonderful. I imagine it’ll be hot down there in Florida!

  6. hloaroo September 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    My two-year-old daughter named Willow has recently discovered your Sock Monkey series. We don’t (yet) own Boogie-Woogie but we have to read her the other two multiple times every night. She is one of your biggest little fans. 🙂

    • Cece Bell September 15, 2014 at 1:53 am #

      Thanks so much for your note! I’m so glad Willow likes the books. Candlewick is reissuing them (with new covers) soon. I think they’ll be a complete set, which will be neat! Thanks again for writing. Tell Willow hi for me!

  7. Jennifer Winstead September 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Cece- Can you email me at We have a Mock Newbery group at school for 4th & 5th grade and we would love to use El Deafo as one of our choices. We are trying to set up Skype visits with all of the authors of the books we are reading and I wanted to see if you would be available to Skype our group of enthusiastic readers! Thank you! Jennifer Winstead, Library Director, St. George’s Independent School

  8. Maura Hennessy November 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m a librarian in Oakland, CA. I read Rabbit and Robot to the first graders and they loved it! They keep asking me where the other books about Rabbit and Robot are. : )

    • Cece Bell November 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Aw thanks, Maura! I am actually working on a second Rabbit & Robot book right now! Thanks so much for writing. Please tell your first grade students hello for me!

  9. Nancy Hundal November 16, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Hi Cece- I’m a teacher-librarian and author in Vancouver, Canada. And more importantly, hearing impaired. After many years of watching kids connect to a particular book because it reflected their life back to them, the same feelings washed over me as I read El Deafo. I wasn’t hearing impaired as a kid, but it all rang true anyway. I LOVED the details about things like characters facing the TV screen being easier to understand than those not shown, and had to text my also-hearing-impaired sister about lip reading butts. So funny and true. I can hardly wait to show your book to two hearing impaired kids at my school on Monday. Thank you very, very much.

    • Cece Bell November 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for your note. I’m thrilled to hear that El Deafo resonated with you so much! I hope your sister and your students will find it enjoyable, also. One of the biggest thrills for me since the book came out has been finding folks like you who are a lot like me. It’s the best. Thanks so much for reading the book and for writing!

  10. Wowzers August 4, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    Cool work/design studio. I really want it

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks so much. I love it, too. You can go to Home Depot and get one of these cool barns there. That’s what my studio is…and I had someone “finish” the inside of it so that it has electricity and is warm in the winter. No running water, though…so I vamoose next door to the potty in my house when necessary. Thanks for writing to me!

  11. Karen Buck August 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Your house is BEAUTIFUL! 🙂

  12. malu December 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    hey cece bell i am right now writting a leter for you (school work) 😀

    • Cece Bell December 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      Well, that’s cool! I hope it’s not TOO much work, ha ha!

  13. leslie a Gongora April 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Cece, are you going to Houston this week? I was hoping you would be willing to autograph my copy of your book, I Yam a Donkey. I have bought 2 copies and would love to gift one to a friend who is going to be a new principal at a high school south of San Antonio. I want to surprise her with it. Would you be willing to help me with this request?

    • Cece Bell April 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Leslie! Sorry for the late response. Sadly, I’m not going to Houston, but Tom is! So I won’t be able to sign your books. 😦 But thank you for your interest. I’m so pleased that you’ve got some YAM books!
      I hope you have a great time in Texas, and that the weather is much approved down there. Whew. I hope everyone stays safe. Say hi to Tom for me! xoxo!

  14. Lori Pearce April 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    my name is Richardwing
    I’m deaf and like your book. I use asl in mainstream. I want teach you asl.
    I sometime feel the same as your book-when my friends laugh I fake because I cant understand. I hope more write about El deafo 2

    • Cece Bell April 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Richardwing! I’m thrilled that you like the book. I would love to learn some ASL from you. You know I could use it! I hope that when you read the book, you understood why I felt the way I did about ASL…and I also hope you realized from the afterword that I don’t feel the same way about ASL that I did as a kid. Not at all! You’re awesome. xoxo!

  15. marguerite johnson July 24, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    I know you will be here for comic con unfortunately I picked the wrong day to attend. my 9 year old daughter would have loved to meet you and have you sign her book. we discovered it at a book fair at her school before the end of the school year and she reads it over and over and over. she loves it (El Deafo) I was wondering if you will be at any other san diego locations in order for my daughter Anastasia to be able to meet you. as you know it is not a possibility to get into convention. Thank you. Marguerite I do realize you might not get this until you return home.

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Marguerite! Thanks for your note. So sorry to be just now responding…I was not good at checking my website over the summer. And I’m also sorry that I missed meeting your daughter while I was in San Diego–she sounds awesome! Please thank her for reading El Deafo. I’m thrilled that she likes it enough to read again and again. All my best to you and thank you again for writing and for your kind support.

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