Kokila J.D. and the Family Business
Kokila J.D. and the Family Business

J.D. and the Family Business

By J. Dillard


Publication Date: August 3, 2021

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Ages 6 to 8, Grades 1 to 3

Eight-year-old kid barber J.D. joins forces with his sister, who has beauty shop dreams, in this hilarious illustrated chapter book series.

J.D. is a barber battle champion. He’s graduated from home haircuts to having a regular chair at the neighborhood shop, Hart and Son, and he’s making enough money to keep his candy jar stocked and his comic book collection growing. And yet, J.D. knows it’s time for his next challenge. He doesn’t just want to be the best barber in Meridian, Mississippi—he wants to be the best barber in the state…and maybe the country! When his older sister, Vanessa, starts to gain a following online for her hair tutorials, the kids decide that to truly level up, they must join forces. How do two siblings with big personalities, big ambitions, and competitive spirits work together (or not) to take over the hair world?

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

Series Overview: An illustrated chapter-book series about a kid barber in Meridian, Mississippi, and his growing business empire. Titles include: J.D. and the Great Barber Battle (spring 2021), J.D. and the Family Business (summer 2021), and J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown (fall 2021).

About the Author

J. Dillard (known as the “Barberpreneur”) is a former managing partner for ConAllegiance, a consulting firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a master barber, a certified consultant, and an industry leader who started cutting his own hair at the age of ten. After many trials and tribulations, he began cutting hair professionally in 1999 and became a shop owner while attending college at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He travels the country with his clients as a personal barber and calls Atlanta home. This is his first book series for children.

Author Residence: Atlanta, Georgia

Author Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi

Akeem S. Roberts is an illustrator based in Brooklyn. He works as an in-house animator for Holler Studios and contributes cartoons regularly to The New Yorker. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. When Akeem is not working, he likes to eat food (who doesn't?), drink coffee, and make comics about his day-to-day life on Instagram.

Illustrator Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 128 pages

Publisher: Kokila

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

ISBN: 9780593111574

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