The One and Only Dylan St. Claire by Kamen Edwards

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The message that this story gave was just amazing. I closed this book and thought I might have a book hangover from a children’s book! 😂 I just absolutely loved the way the message of being who you are and making the most of your situation was given!

My Synopsis:

Dylan St. Claire is the star of the show, always! He is getting ready for the school audition, fully intending to get the “star” role of the Star.

He instead is cast as the Squirrel…in space. Dylan is outraged, of course, because what is a squirrel doing in space?!?!? Dylan soon discovers though, that being the Squirrel is the best thing that could have happened to him.

How I Felt:

Well, I thought The One and Only Dylan St. Claire was absolutely adorable! Disappointment is an emotion that will come up for all children, and showing them that it is okay to feel the way they do was great.

I loved the main character, Dylan. He isn’t afraid to show his emotions and disappointment when things don’t work out the way he thought they would. His acceptance of his role and his ability to make it the best thing ever was wonderful. I loved everything about it!

The illustrations are bright and colorful. They were really well done, providing an excellent picture reference to go with the story.

Overall, I loved this book, and I cannot wait to read it again with my kids!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The One and Only Dylan St. Claire to all children. This is a great book to have in schools, libraries, and at home!

Where to Find This Book:

The One and Only Dylan St. Claire by Kamen Edwards is available at these sites. | Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads


Meet elementary school superstar Dylan St. Claire in this laugh-out-loud book about a live-out-loud boy.

Dylan’s getting ready to audition for the school play, a musical about outer space, and he’s got his sights set on playing the star . . . figuratively and literally. But when he ends up being cast as a squirrel, the real theatrics begin. Follow this extremely secure and unique boy through his daily dramas as he tackles each dilemma with the pizazz of an artist and skill of someone who has never tackled anything.

Giving a fabulous voice to the kind of boys who are under-represented in children’s books, Dylan St. Claire confidently walks between “masculine” and “feminine” behavior: He cries openly and expresses his emotions but also cracks jokes and finds his inner strength when the going gets rough. Full of laughs and a one-of-a-kind character that kids will cheer for, this hilarious story is a celebration of individuality, persistence, overcoming disappointment, and what it takes to be a true star.

Just the Facts:

The One and Only Dylan St. Claire by Kamen Edwards
Genre: Children’s
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: May 5, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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