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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Other (May 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060579099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060579098
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,067,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A bold and exciting picture book reuniting notoriously inventive duo Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean ... McKean's audacious illustrations bring the rhyming text vividly to life in this daring celebration of the imagination. Striking and theatrical' The Bookseller 'Sometimes scientifically accurate and sometimes surreal, over-arching all is the movement, rhythm and pace achieved through the combination of text and illustration. Provoking questions about what it is to be free in thought and form, this is a work of unique luminescence that may well change the way hair is looked at forever' The Bookseller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie West on Aug. 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge Gaiman fan, but out of all of his stories written for smaller children, this is my favorite. Rhyming wondrously the way through, you experience the crazy world within the "crazy hair". Very creative and fun to read aloud to your kids, this is a great addition to any child's library. I must admit, however, that I have never been a fan of Dave McKean's haunting illustrations, and although he still has a few pictures in his usual style, there was a few that I actually did enjoy that didn't give me the heebee-jeebees.
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By RIP on June 12 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Been a fan of both of these guys from my experiences with their comic books that have worked on or created in the past. Humorous little story here with some great art from Dave McKean. This is something that I feel would be a great book for parents with small children to read in hopes of getting them into reading at a young age. Most of the children's books that Neil Gaiman has collaborated on so far have been outstanding and would recommend that if you do have children to get this one and his Milk story book as well. Both entertaining with amusing artwork.
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My 2 yr old loves it and so do I!!! June 30 2009
By Karissa Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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. It is a great story with wonderful artwork. It made me anxious to get some of Gaiman and McKean's other children's books. This is a book that I will keep forever; it definitely gets a spot on my keeper shelf. I would strongly recommend this book for all ages.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cracked up Mom, Dad and Baby Boy March 5 2010
By Curly Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thoroughly delightful Sept. 6 2009
By J. Day Mattson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
fun for grownup as well as for kids June 27 2009
By Laura Bethard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Playful...but... Nov. 22 2012
By B. Colwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Also sort of creepy and a little gross too. I like it, and my 3 year old periodically requests it, though not as much as many other books we have around the house. I can see how it's 'crazyness' might be interesting to a kid. But I'm not really sure what the point is...a girl stumbles upon a guy with hair he hasn't cut since he was two (or apparently even groomed). All sorts of things live in his hair that eventually captures and pulls her in to live in (forever?) after she gets close enough to comb it for him. If packaged differently, this book would serve equally well as a spooky, gross fairytale that might motivate a Tim Burton movie. The pictures don't help make the story any less creepy (sinister?)...in my opinion, of course. This doesn't mean it isn't good to read to your kid, but a bit on the darker side. I wouldn't be suprised if it, in some way they can't express fully, is unsettling to your kid. Or maybe all the spooky stuff goes right over thier head and they just like the animals that live in the guys freaky head of hair.


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