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.
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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.