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Crazy Hair: 10/17/10

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Just around the time I was rediscovering Neil Gaiman, he started writing children's books. I try to snag his picture books when I'm at the library. The latest one I grabbed was Crazy Hair with the deliciously twisted illustrations by Dave McKean.

Crazy Hair started as a poem in the vein of Shel Silverstein. But with McKean's illustrations the poem becomes a strangely delightful picture book.

Essentially the book is a dialogue between a young girl (perhaps a teen, perhaps just shy of being a teen) and a man with crazy hair (authorial insert?). She asks him about his crazy hair and he explains about all the marvelous and scary things that live in there.

In a typical story of this sort, the book would just be a hairy dog story or a tall tale. Gaiman though, he tends to take things to the next step. If there is an alternate world inside in the crazy hair, the girl should experience it first hand. And so she does.

So I showed the book to both my children. It's shelved in the books aimed at kids my daughter's age. She, though, wanted no part of the book. Her response was: "Ugh, that book is so you, Mama." Sean, on the other hand, grabbed the book out of my library book bag for a quick read. He and I loved it.

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Comment #1: Monday, October, 18, 2010 at 05:56:25


The pre-k teacher read this to her class and they LOVED it!!! I hadn't realized that Gaiman wrote it, wow.

Comment #2: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 22:15:55


It's a fun book even if my own pre-k daughter doesn't agree. I'd love to own a copy but for right now, I can read it at the library. Thankfully they have multiple copies.

Comment #3: Monday, October, 18, 2010 at 10:31:37


Your daughter's response is so cute!

I haven't heard of this one, and I love Neil Gaiman's adult books, so I will have to check it out.

Comment #4: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 22:19:03


Gaiman has a few picture books out. The ones I've read have been delightful.

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