November 5, 2011
Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - Book Review
by Jenalin Cahigas
In today’s society, it is far from easy to be different from ‘normal’. This holds true especially in school children.
We often hear about children being teased, made fun of, and perhaps bullied because they are different from the rest of their peers.
This book is a nice reminder that sometimes when we focus on our own difference we become our worst critics.
In the story, Willie has a strange disability that doesn’t allow him to walk like other kids. Willie has very slippery feet. He slips and slides all over the place that he has to wear special shoes with a lock so he cannot take them off. Willie thinks that his shoes “are stupid and ugly” and he is convinced that his peers will laugh at him.
Although Willie’s mother tries to convince him that his shoes will be great and help him with his slippery feet, He still worried about what his classmates will think. He even had a dream about it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I’m sure kids will also enjoy the silly events that happen throughout. In addition to the enjoyable illustrations which younger children will love, I also have to note that the interactive activities at the end make for a great discussion with children. This book makes a great gift for any children of any age or parents with young children.
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.