I received this book courtesy of Mr. Tiefenthaler for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Otis Kalshwonkee, better known to those around him as O.K., is positive that he is doomed to a life of mediocrity based solely on his initials. He is on his brother’s baseball team, and his sister seems to be a music whiz. Now, at a new school O.K. has a shot at greatness. Can Otis find out what comes naturally to him? Or will he be stuck as just O.K.?
Story Telling: This is a middle grade chapter book. We follow O.K. from his direct point-of-view.
Likes: Mr. Tiefenthaler has written a book that admits that a natural talent isn’t enough. O.K. is a natural runner, but he still has to work to go for the Board of Beasts in gym class.
O.K.’s parents pushed him in the right way. They waited for him to show some initiative, then aided him in his quest. Even his attempts at sports were encouraged.
It was good to find a book where the parents wanted the children to have a pet.
Dislikes: What is wrong with letting the dog go in the backyard? Trust me, the dog will get plenty of exercise. You only have to worry if you have a Houdini on your hands.
Both Mrs. Nealy and Mr. Gloatster bothered me. They both seemed to be power-hungry. I mean, what’s the problem with letting somebody go to the bathroom?
Favorite Character: Ella is pretty good. Then again, I’m a bookworm myself.
Favorite Quote: Well, we need to spread this quote around. Not just the young’uns need it. “Besides, if you try hard at something, and you end up being average, that is okay. If you are just okay at something because you didn’t try hard, then that’s not okay.”
Favorite Scene: The best part was when Otis and family were deciding on a name for Sausage Link. By the way, check your fence lines Otis.
Conclusion: This is a good book, though I think that it’ll have a bigger attraction to your sons than your daughters.