November 11, 2011
Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Sally Payette
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.
I was thrilled to receive this book to review. I love reading to my four children and this story definitely shares a lesson with children that although you may be different some times things aren’t as bad as you think they may be. Willie is one of those children who has an issue that he can not control, the doctors can’t find a way to stop the problem so his wonderful mother buys him special shoes to fix it her own way. They are custom made and work like a charm. Unfortunately, like most young children with a problem, Willie is afraid of what children at school will say, it even haunts his sleep, he wakes up only to discover that it was all a bad dream and when he gets to school the next day he sees that he was wrong about the other kids in school. They love his shoes and everyone wants some. Although the story is wonderful in meaning I do not like the words it uses “ugly, stupid & hate” are all words that we do not use in my house so I have to improvise when reading it to my children. Most people may not have that same issue and their children will love the story as is. I love the story, just with a little bit of tweaking. Willie learned a valuable lesson and I really think the author Larry Peterson did a wonderful job with this story. It will be a treasured story because it has a lot of good humor and a great message for children.
Larry Peterson Bio:
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.
We give this story 10 out of 12 thumbs up.