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 J.D. and the great barber battle (J.D. The Kid Barber)
 Author: Dillard, J.

 Publisher:  Kokila (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 126 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 279257 ISBN: 9780593111529
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

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

Price: $15.44

Eight-year-old J.D. has a big problem: he's gotten his first and worst home haircut. When the steady stream of insults from the entire student body of Douglass Elementary becomes too much for J.D., he takes matters into his own hands and discovers that, unlike his mom, he's a genius with the clippers.

 Illustrator: Roberts, Akeem S.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 513864

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/21)
   Booklist (04/15/21)
 The Hornbook (00/07/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2021 Driven by the inexpert haircut he gets from his mom the day before he starts third grade, and by the ensuing widespread mockery from schoolmates, Black, eight-year-old James “J. D.” Jones tries his hand at self-barbering. So good are the results that he’s soon running a business from his bedroom, producing fades, emblems, and trendy cuts that the one actual barber shop in his small Mississippi town can’t match. When the barber, feeling understandably threatened, tries to shut him down, J. D. proposes a public competition: best two out of three, with the audience and the owners of the local beauty salon as judges. Aiming at fledgling chapter-book readers, Dillard, a professional “barberpreneur,” crafts a lively, hair-centric series opener that downplays messy complications to focus on the broad emotional (and financial) rewards of leveraging personal talents, taking pride in doing good work, and finding equitable ways to resolve conflicts. Roberts’ scenes of smiling, broad-faced figures in domestic or school settings reflect the tale’s genial tone. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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