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Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman

Crazy Hair (2009)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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'Crazy Hair' is a beautifully written and illustrated fantasy book for young children. It is an offbeat, amusing ode to the author's own crazy hair and will especially appeal to children with great imagination. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Feb 25, 2015 |
Read on August 20, 2014

As one who(whom?) on (many) occasions has crazy hair, I can appreciate what's happening in this book. While I hope there aren't gorillas or pirates living in my hair, there are definitely days where it eats combs. I'm not crazy about the illustrations, but the rhymes are fun. ( )
  melissarochelle | Oct 12, 2014 |
“Crazy Hair” by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean is a wonderfully strange story within a poem that is unique and fun to read. I love this book for two reasons. First of all, the plot is so different from anything I have ever read before. The main character’s hair is so long and filled with things like pirates and bears, dancers and carousels, and the little girl is just wondering why he does not comb his hair. This to me is such a novel idea, and I enjoyed imaging these things trapped in this man’s hair. However, I did not have to imagine top hard! The illustrator did a fantastic job at depicting all of these wild scenes. I liked how he used thousands of lines to represent the individual hairs rather than blending them all. I also liked how the people in the poem had sharp angles on their faces, eyes that were colored all the way in, and many shadows surrounding them; this made them appear very mysterious and not of this world. I believe the message came at the end, when the little girl tried to comb the man’s hair and was grabbed by a creature inside, and then forever lived in his hair. I think the message was to embrace differences and things that might even seem scary or crazy, because you might come to understand and even enjoy someone’s point of view. This was demonstrated by the fact that the girl ended up enjoying hunting animals, sailing with the pirates, and dancing with the people in the crazy hair. ( )
  ElizabethHaaser | Sep 20, 2014 |
A man's hair acts as a strange alternate world. The girl who tries to tame it ends up becoming an enthusiastic denizen in the world of hair. The book is extremely interesting to look at, and might appeal to children who enjoy more modern, grown up art. ( )
  kradish | Jul 28, 2014 |
This is a modern fantasy and I was not a huge fan of this book for several reasons. The way the text is written makes the book difficult to read and follow along with. Each word at the beginning of a sentence is capitalized, even if it isn’t a new sentence. This was confusing for me and I am sure it would be for a new reader or someone who struggles to read. The different fonts made the text harder to read as well. Some font was big, some small, some bold, some italic and different fonts. This would have been a neat feature to the book, but the way the text was organized did not make it play out that way. The words were scattered all over the pages, in different directions and had no organization. Some words had lines going through them or you had to guess where you were supposed to read next. What I did like about this book is that the pictures were very detailed and colorful. It drew your attention to the book and made it seem like you were going on an adventure as you turned each page. The pages included pirate ships, a bear, a lion, hot air balloons, colorful dresses, a carousel and other things that might be found only in your imagination or your adventurous dreams. The entire story rhymed in a sophisticated way that added to the story and made it more exciting to read like saying, “Twisting, tangling trails and loops, treasure chests and pirate sloops”. Finally, I liked that you had to really think about the message the story was trying to portray to you. The big idea wasn’t as obvious as it is in most children’s books, which is good for students to possible reread the story and think in depth. However, the big idea was that the character originally thought this man had “crazy” hair because it was something she had never seen before. As the man with the “crazy hair” began telling his story and everything exciting the “crazy” hair has done for him, the girl becomes interested and joins in on those adventures. It teaches students that just because something is different, don’t mean we should call it crazy. Once you understand something you might learn that it is actually something exciting and something you might even enjoy. ( )
  SaraColvin | Feb 5, 2014 |
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