O.K. is Great and The Beast

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Thanks for visiting my website!  I’m all over the Interwebs, and the easiest way to stay up to date is to follow my blog.  If you’re here to check out what I’ve been writing, well you’re in the right place!  Here’s some details on the two books that I’ve written and illustrated.

Are you the coolest kid around?  Probably not, but that’s okay, because Otis Kalshwonkee is just okay too.  O.K. is Great by David Tiefenthaler is the story of a 7th grade boy who isn’t satisfied with surviving through middle school.  He wants to be the greatest, but he has absolutely no idea on how to be great, especially if greatness means hard work.

Click the picture to check out the paperback version for sale at Amazon.com, or you can pick up a copy of O.K. is Great for your Kindle here.

Here’s a few O.K. Reviews, so you can see what other folks are saying instead of just listening to an unbiased source like me, the author of O.K. is Great. (P.S. I do think it’s a great book!)

“A spirited 12-year-old thinks he’ll never be anything but average until he recognizes his own gifts in this witty and wise novel for middle schoolers from a first-time author/illustrator…This well-observed, funny book for middle schoolers scores high marks for the true-to-life observations, trials, and successes of its lively 12-year-old protagonist.” – Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus is a big deal in the publishing industry, so I’m pretty proud of that one.  Here’s a few more.

“I like this little book a lot. Most trips back to middle school are cringe inducing, but this one was full of laughs. Reading O.K. was almost like I was there myself, but more fun than when I actually was. The author nails it with his descriptions of being a scrappy kid, of having big dreams, of being surrounded by people who just don’t get you. O.K. is a great character and I particularly liked the depictions of the “mean girls” at school and his brother and sister. A fun read for a middle-schooler, but for everyone else, too.” – Goodreads Review

“I love this book. It is humorous, but well grounded in reality. The author seems to know and understand well the angst of adolescent boys. If you have enjoyed the wimpy kid books try this one. It is well written and has great illustrations. 6th and 7th grade boys will love it.” – Amazon Reader Review

Have you ever thought you saw something, but you’re not sure if your eyes have deceived you?  O.K. thinks he saw a something large, furry, and very scary, specifically, a legendary werewolf known as The Beast of Boykinville Road.  No one believes O.K. saw the Beast, so he has to somehow prove it exists without getting eaten by it!

The Beast of Boykinville Road

Once again, click the picture to check out the paperback version, or get The Beast of Boykinville Road on Kindle here.

Here are some beastly reviews (If you call something “beastly” or say, “That’s Beast,” that’s a good thing these days according to middle school kids).

“In this middle-grade book, a seventh-grader faces his fears in an attempt to prove that he’s actually seen his town’s legendary monster despite widespread skepticism from the townsfolk…  O.K. makes a welcome return here, again narrating and illustrating his quirky fantasies, hopes, and daily observations of people and events. (Tiefenthaler’s convincingly childlike pencil drawings are a hoot.)…  Readers will find the unexpectedly juicy plot turn at the end to be highly satisfying.  Tiefenthaler again proves his ability to craft a humorous, suspenseful story with depth and an authentic voice.” – Kirkus Reviews

Now you know about my books, so go buy one or both today!



  1. The book looks REALLY good

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