Love2EncourageYou review

Love2EncourageYou
November 17, 2011

ebook Review: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes

by Rebecca Harmon

eBook Review: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes

When I was growing up, I had a back brace that I had to wear all day long for corrective measures on my spine because I had Scoliosis. I also had a close friend of the family who had to wear braces on her legs for many long years before she was finally able to walk on her own. Due to these very memorable moments in my personal history, I really appreciated the message behind the book in today’s eBook Review titled: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes. The author, Larry Peterson, did an amazing job bringing fun, laughter, and a solid message of encouragement to children everywhere about a subject; that for many, can be rather painful and embarrassing if not put in the right perspective.

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is a delightful read! When sharing this book during storytime or circle time, your children, grandchildren and students in school will be eagerly listening for what happens next. This book is worth getting for that special child in your life that needs to be reminded that being a little different is completely ok. It can help them accept their current circumstances and battle those feelings of doubt by turning it into a positive and encouraging experience. Most of the time, our fears get the best of us and we find out we are accepted and loved by our peers for just being ourselves.

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes has a neat section at the end of the story that offers suggested activites to apply this story in the classroom learning environment. It also gives some discussion questions to go over with your children. After having my four year old daughter snuggle up with me on my lap and read this story together, she had some very interesting comments. She thought it might be fun to have slippery feet that slide around all the time, but then get to wear special shoes that help you walk the right way. She was glad it was just a dream when all the kids and people were laughing at Willie. She shared that she wouldn’t have laughed at the boy, but would be his friend and tell him, “Wow, what cool shoes!” This would help him feel better she said. My daughter loved the story so much and asked, “When can we read another book like that again?” She then ran over to her toybox and picked up her monkey puppet and had it clap its hands. Then the monkey puppet started cheering and said, “Wow, what a great story! I love it! Let’s read another one.”

Awe…I just love a good story! Many thanks to author, Larry Peterson, for helping us have a fun mommy and daughter time. We truly enjoyed reading your book. My daughter asks if you can write another story soon, but this time about a princess! 🙂 Special thanks to the illustrator as well. The colorful cartoon pictures were the perfect addition to help my daughter grasp what was happening in the story. The artwork captured the silliness of the dream so well and made her giggle on several parts of the book. Be sure to visit the book website for Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes to learn more about this great children’s book. It makes a cute gift for the holidays. I encourage you to pick up a copy for your child or classroom today.

The author and publisher are looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html

Once again, my deepest thanks to Nicole at Tribute Books for bringing us another terrific family story that I had fun reading with my daughter and sharing with my readers here on the blog. Please visit Tribute Books website and check out some of the other wonderful books and authors that have teamed up with Tribute Books already. Become a fan of Tribute Books on Facebook. You can follow @Tributebooks on Twitter too!


Living Life: Hannah Style! review

Living Life: Hannah Style!
November 15, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Hannah Adkins


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.
Review
I really loved this book. Even though it’s a children’s book, it has a really great story that everyone can learn from. We’ve all felt self conscious at some point in our life or another, just like Slippery Willie. This book addresses that and accepting the differences in people, in a way that kids will love!
I loved all of the adorable little illustrations. Kids will love reading this book, and may even enjoy a little dose from their parents at story time. You and your kids alike are sure to fall for Slippery Willie’s silliness.
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I also like that they have discussion questions in the back of the book so that you can talk to your children about the topics in this book. I think that this book would be great to use if you are a school teacher as well, thanks to the great discussion questions and valuable lessons found in this book.
Whatever your age, wherever you’re from, you’re sure to love and learn from this book, just as much as I did.

Here’s a bit of info about the author, Larry Peterson.


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.



Reviews She Rote review

Reviews She Rote
November 14, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Pamela Rote

I was able to read this with my children-and we enjoyed it very much.

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, but then he learns a great lesson that although you may be different some times things aren’t as bad as you think they may be. 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 is funny and is a great message for children everyone.

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.


Curly Girl Braids & More review

Curly Girl Braids & More
November 14, 2011

“Slippery Willie” children’s book review
by Brittany Vandewalker

I was given a link to review this book online. I read this book to my daughter, Brea. She is having a little trouble with worrying about what everyone else thinks and not what she really thinks. Like she will say I have to have this because all the kids in my class are getting it. This is a great book and it has taught Brea not to worry about things because a lot of times people wont even notice if you have something different. We love this children’s book. I am including a link to purchase the book and a photo of the author and some other links to the book too.

Slippery Willie Synopsis:
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.

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.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com
Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx
Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176


Blog by Donna review

Blog by Donna
November 14, 2011

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes can teach us all a life lesson
by Donna Chaffins


I recently received a PDF copy of “Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” by Larry Peterson, to review. What a treat! My son will be nine in less than two weeks and could easily reat “Sliippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” by himself, but my husband or I read to him for approximately 20 minutes every day, so I read this book aloud to him.

I emailed it to myself and uploaded it to my iPad, so I could easily read it to him, and show him the pictures as we sat on his bed.

Synopsis

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.”

I don’t want to give away too much about this book… but I will share with you what my son and I took away from it. I asked my son one of the suggested questions at the end of the book — “Would you stick up for someone that was being laughed at, or would you laugh along with everyone else?” He was very honest, and said that if the shoes were really stupid and ugly he might not be able to help himself, but that he would tell Willie that it’s okay, and he should learn to laugh at himself. He did say that if someone was being laughed at or picked on, he would stand up for that person, though. Especially if others were doing it to just be mean.

I was reminded that we stress way too much over what others may think, when there really isn’t anything to worry about in the first place. As women, we worry that what we wear or look like may seem stupid or ugly, when truth be told, other people just don’t care. They’re probably too worried that we are thinking something they are wearing is stupid or ugly. And that’s the truth. We know that what is on the outside is incidental… it truly is what’s on the inside.

No matter what we look like on the outside, we are all much more alike on the inside than we are different. I want my son to embrace the outward differences — his uniqueness. And for him to understand how alike we all are. He said it best, “Mommy, we all want to be loved, we all hurt when people are mean to us, and laughing with someone is much better than laughing at someone.” Out of the mouth of babes.

I highly recommend this book. It’s short, sweet, and filled with a lesson for all ages.

About Larry Peterson:

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, FL, for the past 28 years. You can connect with him on Facebook.

You can purchase Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes at tribute books.

Share your thoughts on accepting differences? Visit the SlipperyWillie website.


Concert Katie review

Concert Katie
November 13, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Katie Wanta

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes tells the story of Willie Wiggles, a boy who has the most slippery feet there ever was. Usually he slips and slides all over the place, but his Mom got him some special shoes. These shoes are the stupidest and ugliest things Willie has ever seen, and he doesn’t want to wear them to school.

When he gets to school, everyone is laughing so hard at him they fall over! On his walk home from school because he was so upset, cars start crashing at the site of his shoes because they can’t stop laughing!

It turns out that Willie was so upset over his shoes, he had a bad dream about them! When he actually wears them to school, everyone loves them and wants their own pair!

Being disabled and having worn leg braces to school during various times during school, I can definitely relate to Willie and being paranoid that everyone will laugh at me. Although, usually no one even noticed them.

At the end of the book there is an interactive guide with actions you can do that relate back to the book like wearing something you think is ugly to see what your classmates reactions are or volunteering with kids that are “different” (I’ll clue you in – they’re really not!)

There are also some discussion questions as well that you can discuss with your child after having read the book.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com

Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx

Tribute Books website:
http://www.tribute-books.com

Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

Tribute Books Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks

Buy links:
http://tribute-books.com/shop.html#children8

Excerpt:
http://www.freado.com/read/9129/slippery-willies-stupid-ugly-shoes

Looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html

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.


Silkki's Reviews

Silkki’s Reviews
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.

MY REVIEW:
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.


Everyday Ramblings of My Life review

Everyday Ramblings of My Life
November 10, 2011

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes (ebook review) – A MUST Read!
by Tara Funair

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes was a perfect book to read to my boys.
They are so concerned with how others see them. Whether their friends, classmates, and family will accept their clothes, or quirks, and old/new toys.. It’s ridiculous!
My boys will lose sleep, make themselves ill, and have little panic attacks over these silly little things.
I loved reading this book to them. I even asked hubby to sit with us when I read it because he is the exact same way.
My 5 year old did not like it when everyone laughed, because he doesn’t like to be laughed at.
Our children are so wrapped up into what others think of them or their possessions, even their family, that they forget to be children. It’s important to teach our children that it’s okay to be different, that it’s sometimes a good thing. We also much teach them to respect and tolerate others who are different.
The author of this book lives (locally) in my area, which I thought was cool! AND it’s his first book. Even better!

Slippery Willie Synopsis: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.

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. Facebook

Buy the book.

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Want to share your thoughts accepting differences?
Visit: http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html


Sweet 'n Treats review

Sweet ‘n Treats
November 10, 2011

(Review) Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Bonnie Sweeten

I had the opportunity to review a children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. It is an easy read for school-aged children where they can relate to the message. Peterson depicts an excellent message that is it okay to be different than everyone else and sometimes your own fear is the biggest hurdle. Many children face bullying in school by their peers and this story gives children courage to be themselves.

I wanted to read this to my daughter but it is a little too mature for her age right now but I would love to purchase the book for her to have when she is older to read and understand the message of accepting differences. Everyone is not the same and you should not put a person down or make fun of them because they are not like you.

{Slippery Willie Synopsis} 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.

{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 30 years.

{Links for Author & Book} Please support Larry Peterson & Tribute Books by visiting Slipper Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes website as well as their other social network sites.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com

Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx

Tribute Books website:
http://www.tribute-books.com

Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

Tribute Books Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks


Oh the Joys of Boys review

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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Looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html