A man with an unwieldy mane of hair is noticed by a curious young girl named Bonnie who proclaims that he has “got crazy hair.” The man is very proud of his hair and he tells Bonnie that birds, gorillas, tigers and an entire menagerie of animals live in his hair. He goes on to describe that people live and go on expeditions, play music, fly, go to fairs, and sail ships in his hair. Bonnie recommends that he comb his hair to calm it down and the man says she can try so she does. But the man’s hair pulls Bonnie inside and she has grand adventures with all the people and animals inside the crazy hair!
Crazy Hair has a theme which may be unsuitable for really young kids along with a significant amount of text so I recommend this book for ages 4-8. This is a book kids will relate to because nearly all children have had experiences with trying to tame their messy hair! Crazy Hair is a great book to read aloud at storytime because the story is written in rhyming stanzas, so it has a great rhythm to it. The kids will also exclaim at the more fantastical elements of the story and the twist ending will keep everyone on their toes. Last but not least, Dave McKean’s abstract and quirky illustrations immerse you in the story and will create an excellent base for kids’ imaginations to run wild.
Check the WRL catalog for Crazy Hair.