J.D. and the Great Barber Battle (J.D. the Kid Barber #1)

by J Dillard (Author) Akeem S Roberts (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

J.D. has a big problem--it's the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him 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. His work makes him the talk of the town and brings him enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr., the owner of the only official local barbershop, realizes he's losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. How do you find out who's the best barber in all of Meridian, Mississippi? With a GREAT BARBER BATTLE!

From the hilarious and creative mind of J. Dillard, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and personal barber, comes a new chapter book series with characters that are easy to fall for and nearly impossible to forget. Akeem S. Roberts' lively illustrations make this series a must-buy for reluctant readers.

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Praise for J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

A surefire win of a read expressly made for young Black boys to cherish.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
J Dillard
J. Dillard es un barbero experto ¡que comenzó a cortarse el pelo cuando tenía diez años! Después de muchas pruebas y adversidades, empezó a cortar pelo profesionalmente en 1999 y se convirtió en el dueño de una barbería mientras estudiaba en la Universidad Tuskegee en Alabama. Hoy día, vive en Atlanta y viaja por Estados Unidos durante todo el año como barbero personal. J.D. el niño barbero es su serie de libros infantiles, e incluye: J.D. y la gran batalla de barberos, J.D. y el negocio familiar y J.D. en la expo de estilistas.

Akeem S. Roberts es un ilustrador radicado en Brooklyn. Trabaja como animador para Holler Studios y contribuye regularmente con dibujos animados a la revista The New Yorker. Es un graduado de la Universidad de Carolina del Sur. Cuando Akeem no está trabajando, le gusta comer (¿a quién no?), tomar café y dibujar cómics sobre su vida cotidiana.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
February 20, 2021
J.D. the Kid Barber
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
JUV006000 - Juvenile Fiction | Business, Careers, Occupations
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2022 - 2023

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