Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman is another Gaiman collaboration with illustrator Dave McKean, this time though, it’s pitched at a slightly younger readership than his previous collaborations with him; The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.
This is a simple, rhyming story of a girl who has the ‘crazy hair’ of the title, and all the ridiculous and amazing things that are discovered in or are actually living in her hair, including bears and dancers and creatures riding in hot air balloons.
This whimsical litany is reminiscent of the work of the classic nonsense poets like Hilaire Belloc and Lewis Carroll. It has a real sense of exuberance and fun that is brilliantly brought to life by Dave McKean’s surreally exciting illustrations.
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls aged between four and seven. It is a lovely book to share, and would work beautifully as a performance piece for or by children.