J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown

Kokila. (J.D. the Kid Barber: Bk. 3). Nov. 2021. 128p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780593111581.
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.

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