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J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown: J.D. the Kid Barber, Book 3

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun, life lessons in tale of J.D.'s moment in spotlight.

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J.D.'s realization that everyone feels anxious sometimes and has different ways of coping with nerves is a great lesson for young and old readers. J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown uses conversations and plain language to explore positive ways of dealing with being nervous, feeling overwhelmed, and navigating new situations with confidence. As a talented kid barber, he has serious skills, but he's also real about how he talks himself through being nervous. The way that J.D.'s parents and family support him is fantastic, showing that family members can show up for one another in many ways and that good communication is key. His family helps give him the tools and structure to navigate new situations, like his first plane ride, managing a busy schedule, and interacting with adults. J.D.'s realization that a famous kid probably faces a lot of the same feelings he has is a great perspective on celebrity culture.

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