Oh the Joys of Boys
November 10, 2011
Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes – children’s book review
by Jess Berry
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.”
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
My take on the book:
I always read books before sharing them with my kids, just to be on the safe side. I chose not to share this book with Spank, but when my neighbors were over the other day I asked her read it and see if she would to share it with her children to read, who are older. She did, and they liked it! They are ages 6-10 and they liked that the kids in Willie’s class were nice and didn’t make fun of him for being different. The pictures were great, this book would definitely be a big hit with many boys!
Why didn’t I choose to share with my 3 year old? We have been working on not saying two very forbidden words in this house and this book contained them. I guess I should have known from the title, if it were a one time word I would have been alright with it. It wasn’t though, and I didn’t think it at this time it would be age appropriate. When he gets a little older and out of this phase, I would read it to him, or let him read it himself. The storyline is wonderful, especially because so many children battle with fitting in, and this would be a wonderful key to help them build their self esteem.
Want to purchase?
You can find Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes, Here.
About the Author:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.
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