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Crazy Hair Hardcover – May 26, 2009

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The duo responsible for The Wolves in the Walls (2003) return with another chaotic picture book popping with bright collage and multimedia imagery. A man takes umbrage with a young girl ogling his outrageous hairdo, and tells her in a series of increasingly ridiculous rhymes all the things that can be found in the stupendous swaths swirling upon his head (“Hunters send in expeditions, / Radio back their positions / Still, we’ve lost a dozen there / Lost inside my crazy hair.”) Each page is a veritable feast for the eyes, with frazzled clumps of hair competing for attention with outlandish elements—carousels, pirate ships, blue octopi, comb-eating bears—incorporated into the frenzied mix. There’s something a little unsettling and unhinged about the imagery, just on the safe side of nightmarish; but the text, for the most part, is delightful and glib. The whole thing comes off as a little self-gratifying on the creators’ parts, but there is no doubting the dazzling creativity on display. Perhaps best recommended for children with an adventurous artistic sensibility. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ian Chipman

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"In my hair

Gorillas leap,

Tigers stalk,

And ground sloths sleep.

Prides of lions

Make their lair

Somewhere in my crazy hair."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Printing edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060579081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060579081
  • ASIN: 0060579080
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay so I am a huge Gaiman fan. I know Gaiman has released a couple books for children, but I don't have any of them. When I saw "Crazy Hair" was coming out I actually pre-ordered it. All my expectations were met; it is a great kid's book and I also enjoy it as an adult.

I read through it first by myself to make sure it wasn't too scary. Personally the fact that the main character has all of this crazy stuff living in his hair creeped me out a little. Then the girl gets sucked into his hair; which I thought might be scary to my 2 1/2 year old son. Still once the girl is in his hair she has a really good time. The pictures (in true Dave McKean style) are very abstract and a little creepy. There is one picture in particular with a pirate ship swooping through huge hair folicles that is a bit odd. So all-in-all the normal mix of wildly creative, creepy, strange that I have come to expect from the Gaiman/McKean team. The book itself is a good length for a toddler; long enough to be a good story but short enough to keep their attention.

So, how did my son like it?

He absolutely loves this book. We read it over and over. He loves that every stanza ends with "crazy hair!" and screams that closing statement at the top of his lungs. He thinks it is really neat that all of this stuff lives in this guy's hair. When the girl gets sucked into the guy's hair he thinks it is hilarious and he has memorized all of the neat things she does "dancing in his crazy hair!"

He also finds the abstract artwork fascinating and will spend (well not hours) but minutes at a time (that's a lot for a toddler) just staring at them and pointing out the things he sees.

In summary I was very pleased with this book and so was my 2 1/2 year old son. We read it every night.
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I picked this up at the library for my husband to read to our 9-mo old for bedtime. I didn't read it before hand - the title and art made it seem worth the rental. That evening my husband and I were laughing out loud, loving the language and illustrations. Even our baby got into the act, pointing at the pictures and grinning. It was the first book my husband picked up the next night too. We'll be putting in on our book-wish list for the future.

I will say that it is just a tad creepy that this guy's hair abducts the little girl. But its also just a storybook, right?
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This book is especially cute to read to children with long hair. My 4 year old daughter loves it! I also love this illustration style. Very captivating for kids and still artistically interesting to adults as well.
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Gaiman and McKean are a match made in heaven and this is my favorite of their collaborations so far. Taken from a poem that Gaiman wrote in response to his daughter's comment about his "crazy hair's" behavior in humidity, he has applied his trademark ear for delightful, offbeat descriptions and, in this case, unusual rhyme. McKean's art is dark, lovely, and fantastical and enhances the text. I highly recommend this.
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This book is SO MUCH FUN! I love Neil Gaiman, and my boys (7, 8 and 12) were apprehensive about it thinking it was too childish, but they all loved when I read it to them and request it again and again.
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My son loves this book, and so do I! It's one of the first ones I reach for, since we both like it so much. He and I both love the watercolors, and the breathy rhymes make it fun to read aloud (and short enough to hold his limited attention span). The only book he likes better is Zen Shorts, and he likes it for similar reasons. Buy this book!
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Fun one to read to the six year old. There were a couple of words she didn't understand, but she was chiming in with "crazy hair" all the way through.

Plus it's pretty short, so you can read it twice if you have to. Beautiful Art. Fun rhymes. Buy.
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I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I actually really liked it. This is an imaginative story in which a young girl meets a fellow with wild hair. She tries to help him tame it, but gets sucked in by a bear (yep, bears and much weirder things live in this man’s hair). Dave McKean’s unique and engaging illustrations mesh wonderfully with the story. Some may argue they are a little dark, but my sister’s kids like them. As someone with curly, unruly hair (though not to the extent of Gaiman’s), it was easy to see what his inspiration probably was. It’s fun to imagine what might be living up there.

-Tanya Read (Read. Run. Study.)
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