Monday, October 19, 2009

Book Review (Kids): Crazy Hair, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Crazy Hair, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

All kinds of adventures happen in this dude's crazy hair. Butterflies and cockatoos make it a colorful place. It's a wild unkempt mane where hunters send in expeditions and get lost. Dancers and musicians leap across the strands. And there's no shortage of things to do.

"There are pools
And water slides
Carousels and pony rides
All the fun of any fair
Waits inside my crazy hair.

Twisting tangling
Trails and loops
Treasure chests and pirate sloops
These await the ones who dare
Navigate my crazy hair."

When a little girl named Bonnie tries to tame this crazy hair with a comb, she gets swept up in the fun.

"Bonnie has the finest time
Teaching lions how to rhyme
Riding slides and great balloons
Finding hunters, losing moons.

Hibernating with the bear
Dancing with the dancers there
Happy as a millionaire
Safe inside my crazy hair."

People rave about Neil Gaiman's work. This is the first of his books I've read, so if the others are as fun and imaginative as this one is for kids, then I can certainly see the appeal. Some people might not find it so, as a lion pulls Bonnie into the tangle of hair and she teaches parrots naughty words (none of which are specified, just referred to as "teaching parrots naughty words").

Crazy Hair is suggested for ages 4-8. Betty and Boo, who turn 8 next month, enjoyed the poetry, the varied colorful illustrations, and the words themselves that rise and dip all over the pages.

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