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Crazy Hair

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,108 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
Crazy Hair is a fantastically fun tale written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by the astoundingly talented Dave McKean, the award-winning team behind The Wolves in the Walls.

In Crazy Hair, Bonnie makes a friend who has hair so wild there's even a jungle inside of it! Bonnie ventures through the crazy hair, but she may need more than a comb
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 2009)
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Dec 29, 2009 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably actually only four stars, but this one gets points for not being horrible -- like, extra points. I feel bad, Mr. Gaiman -- you and I have been through some hard times recently and when you actually pull it off, I think you deserve some props.

Also my mother didn't like this book and thought it was pointless, and seriously? Points for weirding out my mom. She was getting entirely too comfortable with your oeuvre.

So yeah. The art's good, there are tentacles involved, the ending is nihilis
Nov 11, 2012 Laima rated it really liked it
A beautifully written and illustrated fantasy book for young children.

This is a gorgeous children's book with rhymes by Neil Gaiman and art work by Dave McKean. It is the story of young Bonnie who meets a fellow with some pretty wild hair. Pirates, bears, tigers, birds, hunters and huge balloons live in this crazy hair. She tries to comb it but gets sucked up into the hair by a bear!!
This is the type of book that would appeal to kids who have a wild imagination.

When my kids were young we went t
Syahira Sharif
Jan 04, 2013 Syahira Sharif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Crazy Hair is one of the book that I found in Big Bad Wolf Sale which I try to get for my nephew since when he's getting older, he won't get pink fairy tale book hand-me-downs and instead a creepy Neil Gaiman book.

Well, it is a given since these guys made Mirrormask.

I don't know about you, it does nothing with Mirrormask's creep noir level.

But it is intended to be a children's book. Very thin but rich with texture and colors that made it an interesting book for even adults to read... that or Ne
Lisa Vegan
Oh, I came to this book with a lot of skepticism. In fact, I didn’t even have it on my to-read shelf, but happened to see it at the library. I always want to love Gaiman’s books so much more than I usually do. I have “kind of crazy hair” and I really enjoyed The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, and so I decided to give this one a try too.

Well, it didn’t take long for me to become engaged. The illustrations are unusual and really interesting, and not as scary as I’d heard, in my opinion.
Okay words but the illustrations repulsed me. Not a fan. Sorry!
Sep 18, 2015 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read, favorites
Funny, different and nice pictures - Neil Gaiman sure is an author I want to read more of.

Read my whole review at Book Obsession.
Lisa Suchy
Feb 23, 2015 Lisa Suchy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This book, Crazy Hair, is a fun and wacky story about a man with crazy, crazy hair! A girl named Bonnie sees this man and tells him his hair is crazy. He then goes on to explain just how crazy it is - from tigers in his hair to people dancing and so much more. This book is an easy and fun read, told in poem form. The rhyming of the book keeps a nice rhythm while reading and discovering all the goofy things in this man's long, long hair. The text is in a fun print that keeps the reader engaged. T ...more
Ian Roditi
Oct 20, 2012 Ian Roditi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si lo que hay dentro quieres ver
Entre estas páginas tiene que ser.
Toma el peine, a ver qué encuentras
y espero que disfrutes el viaje mientras.
On his website and in various interviews, Neil Gaiman has regularly referred to his need for a haircut. He clearly courts messy hair. One can certainly imagine that as at least a part of the inspiration for his latest childrens’ book Crazy Hair. It’s basically an autobiography. But of course this is no ordinary autobiography, and as with all of Gaiman’s childrens’ books, particularly those done with Dave McKean, this is no ordinary children’s book. For one thing, there is always an undercurrent ...more
Tricia Douglas
Another wild story by Gaiman and illustrated by the wonderful McKean. A little girl tells a man how weird and crazy his hair is. The man goes on to tell the girl that everything and anything can be found in his hair. The rhymes are clever and the pictures make the story even better. The ending is surprising and unexpected. I love Gaiman's books!
Crazy Hair is a children's picture book that sparked my interest after researching various goodreads choice awards nominations over the years. It is a light fantasy story about a man's hair and what goes on inside it. A girl thinks combing the man's hair will help but as she combs it, something from the man's hair grabs her and she is now added to all the adventures happening in the man's crazy hair. Neil Gaiman's writing style and Dave McKean's illustrations blow other picture books out of the ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Jeimy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the words, but was not a fan of the illustrations. Overall, I was underwhelmed.
Jun 09, 2009 Icats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I now have a new favorite book by Neil Gaiman. I absolutely adore Crazy Hair! It is an amusing rhyming tale about all that goes on up in his crazy hair.

In my hair Gorillas leap,
Tigers stalk,
And ground sloths sleep.
Prides of lions
Make their lair
in my crazy hair.

The artwork of Dave McKean is awesome. I love his hairy illustrations. They are tangled with lots of vivid nuances. In other words, great eye candy.

And though I am not one to usually place a dare...
I would challenge him on wh
Aisyah Nassim
such a tangly story and crazy.
Nov 11, 2015 Addy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is a key example of what children’s literature needs to be sometimes. Lighthearted and goofy, with no heavy themes or storylines to weigh the new reader down. This story of a man’s crazy hair and the peculiarities that exist inside is a lyrical and laughable story with quirky characters and an even quirkier plot. Along the way we meet lions and tigers and bears (oh my) inside this man’s truly crazy hair.

Two things stood out in this book. The first, the lyrical, rhyming storyline. It wa
This book was really, really weird. I’m not sure if I could truly enjoy it because I couldn’t get over how bizarre it was. The ending was kind of random and I’m not sure I could say that I liked this book. I would only recommend if you were a big fan of Neil Gaiman…because this book isn’t for everyone.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Jan 16, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a really cool children's book. The illustrations are very unique and creative. The actual story is pretty interesting too, and I enjoyed the structure of the sentences. I also thought the ending was a bit atypical for a book made for little kids, to the point where it might scare some. But what's childhood without a paralyzing fear of becoming lost in someone's hair forever? I definitely recommend it.
Jul 20, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you come across books which make you wish you could rate them six, seven, eight out of five, or knock all your other reviews down a few stars, just to ensure everyone drops everything they're doing and reads the book. "Crazy Hair" was one such book. Neil Gaiman's beautiful imagination and interesting rhymes, and Dave McKean's stunning illustrations work in perfect harmony to create a delightful whole.

It's a simple idea, perfectly executed: a joke to a curious girl, which becomes a flig
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I loved the illustrations, but didn't care for the story so much. I thought it might have a Gaiman-esque macabre/sinister ending, but it didn't. However, I do like the picture toward the end of Bonnie blissfully surrounded by all that hair, which looked good on her. Disappointing story, terrific illustrations.
Mandi Blackburn
it's kind of creepy, and nonsensical. Like a 20 page version of Alice in Wonderland, or Where the Wild Things Are but instead of Wonderland, it's a guys head of hair...

The pictures are a little dark, but overall, it's pretty decent.
Luciana Darce
Quem se aproximar
Dessa louca cabeleira
Ouvirá música,
Rugidos e muitas brincadeiras.

Mas cuidado, devo avisar:
Se você chegar muito perto,
Corre o risco de não voltar.

Cabelo Doido é narrado em primeira pessoa pelo dono da dita cabeleira. A história começa com ele apresentando a si e a Bonnie, uma jovem que se encanta pelo cabelo dele.

O cabelo do narrador é longo, louco e cheio de histórias: por entre suas madeixas vivem ursos e piratas, há passeios de balões e exploradores, música e outras farras.

May 01, 2014 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be the most bizarre, off-the-wall children's book I've ever read, and that's saying a lot when you break down your average children's story.

Of course, part of me is convinced this is a story for adults. This is basically a freakish fantasy story. Girl meets boy. Boy has crazy hair. Girl (view spoiler). It's all quite impressive.

Dave McKean does a splendid job on this one too. I particularly lov
Lately, I've been obsessed with picture books. You know, looking like a fool, wandering the library, child-less, taking out title after title of toddler and children picture books. Of course, when you have a favourite author, it's got to be okay to take out a picture book or two.

Neil Gaiman is a favourite of mine and as I've been trying to complete my "Neil Library" at home (it's a sad state--I'm realizing I own so little), I've also been partaking in what my local library has to offer, until I
Sep 08, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, childrens
Crazy, yes that is how I felt when I read this book. This man has hair that is unruly. I mean things inhabit his hair including cockatoos, hunters, carousels, pirate ships, and this list could go on and on. Just like his locks of hair which tumble out onto the pages with their brown, gold, and black hues that perform like shoots of grass or ocean waves, his locks go on and on. Don’t even think of combing his strands as others have tried and the results have not been good. He’s telling his story ...more
A man takes umbrage with a young girl ogling his outrageous hairdo, and tells her in a series of increasingly ridiculous rhymes all the things that can be found in the stupendous swaths swirling upon his head “Hunters send in expeditions, / Radio back their positions / Still, we’ve lost a dozen there / Lost inside my crazy hair.”

Each page is a veritable feast for the eyes, with frazzled clumps of hair competing for attention with outlandish elements—carousels, pirate ships, blue octopi, comb-ea
Feb 09, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like weird books with awesome illustrations
Shelves: picture-books
Please beware of Crazy Hair! It will wrap you up, tangle and twist your mind within its bizarre tresses. With a rollicking rhythm, this tale of hair one wild presents Bonnie, a young girl who dares to tell the narrator(Gaiman himself?)that he has crazy hair. The young gentleman responds by illustrating the wonderful weird attributes of his hair: “Hunters send in Expeditions, Radio back their positions Still, we’ve lost a dozen there Lost inside my crazy hair.” Hair increasingly fills the pages a ...more
“Crazy Hair” is a recent installment by Neil Gaiman along with illustrations by Dave McKean and it is about how a young girl named Bonnie tries to comb a strange man’s hair who claims that his hair is extremely crazy. “Crazy Hair” may be a creative book for children who love hilarious verses, but the confusing plot and some frightening images might cause children to steer away from this book.

Neil Gaiman’s story about a guy who has crazy hair has some creative rhyming that would come out of a Dr.
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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; whic
Sarah Sammis
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)
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