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Crazy Hair: Neil Gaiman

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 18, 2009

Crazy Hair

Crazy Hair

by Neil Gaiman (Author), Dave McKean (Illustrator)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (May 26, 2009)

What to expect: Hair, Fantasy, Animals

Crazy Hair is a book for any child or parent who has ever wondered the following thoughts:

Is that guy’s hair real? It’s so long, do you think he sits on it every time he takes a seat? When was the last time he washed his hair? I’m sure there are things growing under all that mess! What would happen if you never washed your hair?

When a young girl insists on brushing a characters “crazy” head of hair, she is transported into a bold and mystifying world of animals, entertainers, and more; somewhere in the “crazy hair”. Gaiman’s text is rhyme à la mode — it has a contemporary groove to it that offers effortless enunciation. McKean’s illustrations are certainly at one with the words, offering beautiful creative images to further spur the imagination — not to mention the superb typography.

Youngsters will be wondering, could this really be possible? Older kids will appreciate the absurdity. Adults will delight in the creativity this book wholly offers. This book is a feast for the imagination!

Publisher’s Synopsis:

“In my hair

Gorillas leap,

Tigers stalk,

And ground sloths sleep.

Prides of lions

Make their lair

Somewhere in my crazy hair.”

Accolades for Neil Gaiman:

  • Newberry Award
  • Nebula Award
  • Hugo Award
  • World Fantasy Award
  • British Science Fiction Association Award
  • Eisner Award (for comic books)
  • Bram Stroker Award for Fantasy
  • And many more …

Add this book to your collection: Crazy Hair

More books by Neil Gaiman:
Blueberry Girl and The Wolves in the Walls

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