Crazy Hair
Crazy Hair
By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean
On Sale: 5/26/2009
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Where tigers stalk and ground sloths sleep, amid sailing pirates and leaping dancers, young Bonnie ventures out with comb in hand to tame her friend’s unruly mane.

Crazy Hair is a fantastically fun tale, illustrated by the astoundingly talented Dave McKean. It will surely delight and captivate audiences of every age.

A Note From Neil

My hair is odd. It just is. And when I go places that are humid, it gets odder.

I had gone away to Florida to write and to go to an academic conference. I woke up and looked in the mirror at hair that looked as if a rogue band of hairdressers had crept in in the night and begun to perm and curl it, before being startled away by dogs or night watchmen, leaving parts of it unfinished.

I wrote a letter to my daughter, Maddy, explaining my hair problems. Her reply began “Dear Mr. Crazy Hair...”

So I wrote her a poem, about a girl called Bonnie and Someone with Crazy Hair.

Then I went to the academic conference, and I read important academic things. And, because I had just written it, I read the Crazy Hair poem. When I had finished, lines of important academic people were waiting to talk to me.

“Could we have a copy of that Crazy Hair poem for our grandchildren?” they asked.

It took Dave McKean a very long time to paint the pictures that go along with the poem. But now it has pictures, and it is a poem.

I hope you like it.

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