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For Kids (Adults too) Overcoming Differences: You Can Do It !!

Review Redux:  Slippery Willies Stupid, Ugly Shoes


5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Differences: You Can Too! 
This review is from: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes (Hardcover)

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.
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Scroll down on right to a Story Cub presentation of Slippery Willie and to view the book trailer

 

Pretty Opinionated review

Pretty Opinionated
November 30, 2011

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

Title: Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
Author: Larry Peterson
Publisher: TB Press

Image is often everything to a kid. Jacob was concerned about what others thought of him when he was only about 4 years old, and it just gets harder as he gets older. I try to tell him that it doesn’t matter what others think of him, that he should just be himself, but I don’t really remember that whole logic working on me when I was his age. Willie, the main character in Larry Peterson’s Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes has a big problem. Well, two, actually. First, his feet are so slippery that he can’t keep any shoes on them. Poor Willie couldn’t climb trees or play with his friends without sliding all over the place. Fortunately, there is a solution. Unfortunately, that solution is the other problem. Since Willie’s feet are so slippery, he needs a very special pair of shoes, and they’re not exactly normal-looking sneakers.

Willie absolutely does not want to wear the shoes. He thinks everyone will make fun of him. In fact, he gets so worked up about it that he dreams everyone in town is laughing at him. They laugh so hard that catastrophe strikes- cars crash, planes fall out of the sky, and mayhem ensues. All because of his stupid, ugly shoes. Of course, in reality, his shoes are not nearly as bad as he thinks they are, and all of this friends end up thinking they’re super cool. Willie has a great day at school, and at the end of the day he takes off his shoes and lets himself slip around, because even though the shoes help him have a “normal” day, he still needs to be himself sometimes, slippery feet and all.

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is a funny and entertaining book for kids of all ages. The lessons are obvious, but presented in a way to which children can relate. The story teaches children that everyone is different, but those differences do not define who they are. It also teaches them that sometimes we make a bigger deal about things in our heads than they are in real life. I do this all the time. I always think of the worst case scenario and get all worked up about something, when in reality, it turns out to not be a big deal. It’s kind of too late for me (although I am working on my issues), but since Jake is just like me, I’m really trying to head off the problem before it gets out of control with him. Since he is a big reader, books like Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes really help.

Mom Does Reviews review

Mom Does Reviews
November 25, 2011

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes review
by Pamela Maynard

Willie Wiggles had a big problem: his feet were so slippery he slipped walking, climbing or just sitting at his desk at school. His mom ordered him special shoes that would stop him from spinning and sliding all over. The morning he was supposed to wear his big, new, ugly shoes, he has the worst day ever. Kids, teachers, dogs, cats, birds and taxi drivers all laughed at his ridiculous shoes so hard the world seemed as if it was going crazy. People were so mean to Willie I almost didn’t want to read any more. Peterson did such a good job conveying empathy, I was actually upset that he had written this funny story. It wasn’t until Willie’s mom woke him up that I understood that the author accomplished his goal. It brought back not-so-fond memories of kids making fun of my braces when I was in sixth grade. I was right there with Willie in the story.

Willie did go to school with his new, somewhat ugly shoes, but no one laughed at him. In fact, kids wanted to know where they could get some just like his. It turns out that Willie learned that being different isn’t so bad after all. No one is the same and we all need to learn to accept each others differences. Peterson did a great job teaching an important lesson for kids of all ages. Slippery Willie is a great book for ages 4 to 10.

My favorite part of the book is when Willie’s mom chased him around the house with a butterfly net so she could catch him to put the ugly shoes on him. What a sight that would have been in my house!

The illustrations were simple but they showed the action of the story very well.

The end of the book has an interactive guide with suggested activities and discussions to reinforce what was learned in the book. This is a great feature for homeschooling parents.

Overall, I give Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about accepting differences at Slippery Willie’s Blog.

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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It's Always Sunnie with Katie review

It’s Always Sunnie with Katie
November 21, 2011

“Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” E-Book Review

by Katie Tanner

I love children’s books and finding new children’s books that I have not heard of before so when I was given the opportunity to review “Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes” I was pretty excited. This book is written by Larry Petereson and this is his debut children’s book.

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.”

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.

I read this book to one of the three year old pre-school classes at my child care center. They laughed their heads off when they were hearing about how Willie slipped and slided all over the place. One of the kid’s said that they wanted slippery feet so that they didn’t have to clean their room. They could slide away from Mom when she asked them to go to their room and clean. I thought that was pretty clever!!
Once Willie starts wearing the shoes, unfortunately everyone starts laughing at him and said they were the “stupidest, ugliest, shoes they had every seen!” This made Willie really sad and he did not want to wear them ANYMORE!! I don’t want to give the ending away so you will have to get the book to find out what happens with Willie.

When we were done with the book we talked as a class about how we need to except everyone’s differences. We talked about how everyone is different, some have brown hair, some have blonde, some have red. Some have blue eyes, some have green. Some wear glasses and some have braces, but we are all special and unique. Then the kids made a list for the class of how different we all are and they drew a picture of themselves and how they are different. This book teaches that differences are okay and that its okay to except them.

I really like this book because of the GREAT moral that it gives to the kids. If you want to learn more about the book you can check out more information
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Earth Kydz review

Earth Kydz
November 21, 2011

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes – Children’s Book Review
by Nancy Hammonds

Book Description 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.”(Summary provided by Tribute Books)

My Review

I waiting to read this book with my boys, my 9 year old did not like the title he said because it had the words hate & stupid. At first it was funny but towards the middle the boys were not happy with everyones reaction towards the shoes and laughing at Willie. Once we got to the end they were very happy without giving it away, you must read the book to find out the end.


We went over the interactive guide at the end of the book and we had some great conversation, my youngest son suffers from severe multiple food allergies and he feels that he is different special and could relate with Willie. A great lesson learned by Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes. My boys understand that God made us ALL different but special.


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About the Author Larry Peterson


Mrs 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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