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 J.D. and the hair show showdown (J.D. The Kid Barber)
 Author: Dillard, J.

 Publisher:  Kokila (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 128 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 279255 ISBN: 9780593111581
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Barbers -- Fiction
 Haircutting -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Competition (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Atlanta (Ga.) -- Fiction
Chapter Books
Humorous Fiction

Price: $6.55

At only eight years old, kid barber J.D. already has an impressive resume. He beat his nemesis in the Great Barber Battle of Meridian, Mississippi, and the online hair tutorials he made with his sister landed him on local TV. Now J.D. steps onto a larger stage in Atlanta as the youngest competitor at a national hair showcase. He can handle the pressure and the amazing perks, but being away from Meridian has J.D. wondering-is victory as sweet without your hometown crew?

 Illustrator: Roberts, Akeem S.
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 515475

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/21)
   School Library Journal (12/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 Gr 1–3—The third installment of the series finds the eight-year-old kid barber headed to Atlanta to appear as a young social media star in a hair show. While he is nervous, he is guided by his mother and a variety of other mentors. This joyful beginning chapter book showcases and enthusiastically celebrates Black hair and hair culture by focusing on barbers and hairdressers and the serious work and artistry they bring to their trade. The book is full of black-and-white illustrations, some full page and some partial page, that capture the jubilance of the characters. The only drawback is a simplistic plot. There is no real conflict or moment when readers believe things won't turn out well for J. D. However, the book is full of humor and realistic kid moments, even in the middle of what feels like wish fulfillment of social media stardom and amazing experiences. VERDICT An upbeat and funny beginning chapter book celebrating Black hair culture, this is a whimsical addition to most libraries.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage P.L., AK - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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