J.D. and the Great Barber Battle
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Third-grader J.D. has the entrepreneurial and problem-solving spirit I adore. Great at cutting hair, he starts a barbershop in his bedroom! But when the town barbershop loses business because J.D’s charging less than they do, they challenge him to a barber battle. The story made me laugh out loud and cheer for J.D.
J.D. is a spunky boy who discovers he has a surprising gift. It turns out he’s a genius barber. This isn’t exactly the dream of every eight-year-old boy, but who am I to judge the likelihood of a child hairstyling prodigy? Okay. The plot is implausible. Still, I loved J.D and his brassy confidence. Best of all, J.D. is a Black kid surrounded by all Black characters—a rarity in early chapter books, especially books for boys. A bonus is that the book is loaded with lively illustrations by Akeem Roberts. His use of lighting to bring out the depth and…
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