Crazy Hair – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
When young Bonnie comments on the narrator’s crazy hair, he lets loose with a slew of increasingly unlikely and whimsical assertions as to what lives in there–and when Bonnie takes out a comb and tries to tame it, she gets quite a surprise!
Oh, you guys. I love you both with such enduring love, and Crazy Hair is just the latest reason why you are both AWESOME. Coraline was spectacular, and Wolves in the Walls was pretty cool too, but this one just takes the cake–it’s so bizarre and gross and delightful all at the same time that I just get happy shivers all over when I read it. The writing is excellent, of course, with great character and smooth rhymes and a rhythm that begs to be read aloud. The art is nothing less than stupendous, and demands a careful look at every page. Both Bonnie and the Crazy Hair Man have a wealth of fun expressions and evocative body language, and the hair is just…well, is it real hair? I think that it must be, or at least it’s sampled from real hair and then digitally puttered with, which just makes me want to laugh with how fantastic it is. My favorite parts are the Cirque du Soleil-esque folk who dance in the crazy hair, and all the change in art style when Bonnie enters the crazy hair, and her expression of total bliss at the end of the story. Fabulous! I’m going into ecstasies over you both. Five crazy stars!