A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Lions lurking in the hair are a little scary, and the whole concept might disturb younger, more sensitive kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fantasy about creatures living in a crazy head of hair might not appeal to everyone. People with a head full of wild hair, kids who hate to have their hair combed, or readers who just like silly scenarios will get a kick out of the humor. This is a book that definitely grows on you.
Is It Any Good?
While the premise of this book is pretty far-fetched, the language dances through illustrations that are definitely eye-catching. Rhymes speak of tangles and twists of cockatoos, tigers, pirate sloops, and hunting expeditions; imaginative, and definitely unique, artwork depicts each crazy world. Together they build a bee-hive of fun in what might only be called a frenzy of fantasy.
Dave McKean's artwork is colorful and swirly, full of computer enhanced images and a kind of magic you can't quite put your finger on. Rather ugly and distorted at one moment, looking like comic book graphics at another, always with touches of the realistic, it stretches past the poetry toward the edge of somewhere very strange, all of which is quite appropriate to a world existing in a head of hair. If the poetry doesn't grab you, the octopus-like tendrils of tresses certainly will. Just ask Bonnie.
The artwork is quirky, unusual, and eye-catching, and definitely fits the odd story.
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