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Crazy Hair Library Binding – May 26 2009

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,637,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Electrifying and very funny ... a hymn to the unexpected ... more thrilling than threatening ... Parents will enjoy reading it aloud at bedtimes, bathtimes or before those dreaded preschool visits to the hairdresser at the end of the school holidays' Saturday Times 'Individual spreads are breathtaking; the whole book is astonishing: vibrant, funny, mysterious and inspiring' Books for Keeps 'A work of unique luminescence ... that pays testament to the power of the imagination' The Bookseller There are few picturebook-makers as cool as Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, and their latest collaboration is wild ... distortions and magnifications make the images strange and dark, rivaling the text for energy and verve' Nicolette Jones, The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

"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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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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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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HASH(0xa04739c0) out of 5 stars My 2 yr old loves it and so do I!!! June 30 2009
By Karissa Eckert - Published on
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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. 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0473c0c) out of 5 stars Cracked up Mom, Dad and Baby Boy March 5 2010
By Curly Girl - Published on
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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?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0473e4c) out of 5 stars Thoroughly delightful Sept. 6 2009
By J. Day Mattson - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa047400c) out of 5 stars fun for grownup as well as for kids June 27 2009
By Laura Bethard - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0473ec4) out of 5 stars Brilliant Minds Jan. 20 2010
By Charlotte Sometimes - Published on
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This is everything I expected from Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. They are a brilliant duo and they never let me down. This is a surreal story about a girl who is curious about a man's very "crazy hair." She is taken on all sorts of adventures inside his crazy hair. The concept is original and refreshing, imaginative and deep.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who really appreciates the art of typography, design in general and to anyone who just wants to be taken on a wacky adventure.
I don't however, believe that it is suitable for all children as the facial designs tend to be a little bit on the creepy side. I LOVE CREEPY, but I'm not so sure my 2-yr old niece would. I could be completely wrong, but I urge you to look at the pictures of the people and character designs prior to purchasing it for a child who is a little bit on the sensitive, shy side.

just my opinion. thanks for reading. :)