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★"A surefire win of a read expressly made for young Black boys to cherish."
, starred review
“Dillard has a sharp ear for dialogue, and J.D.’s conversational narration paired with the story’s gentle humor and perfectly placed pop culture references will ensure a wide appeal. Akeem S. Roberts’ cartoon-style illustrations of J.D. and his friends are packed with personality and make this a great choice for readers transitioning into chapter books. The first book in a planned series, J.D. and the Great Barber Battlefeels like a winner
"The African American cultural references and community values will resonate with readers of all ages, while the joyful, wholesome story
will give them something to look forward to in subsequent entries."
—The Horn Book