Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson Book Review

Willie’s Slippery Feet Book Review

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 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.

Larry Peterson Facebook:!/larrytpbx


My Review

Willie had a problem that no one, not even his Doctor could figure out what was wrong. His feet were so slippery his socks and shoes would not stay on his feet. So finally special shoes were ordered for Willie, and his feet would not be slippery while wearing them. I really felt sorry for Willie. He just did not want to wear those shoes, even if they did help him not to slip and slide. He didn’t want to go through the embarrassment of everyone at school and everyone he would be around to and from school laughing at his stupid shoes. Just what was he going to do about these shoes? Could he really wearing them to school, or would he rather slip and slide his way around? Would mom make him wear them, or would she understand?

This is a really cute story teaching children about peer pressure, and teaching then what can happen to them when they worry too much. It shows a child that is ok to be different, and especially when it something that will be helpful to them. This book is well written and simple for children to understand. And the graphics are awesome! What is a children’s book without really good graphics? They are essential to the story, making the story more dramatic so the child can better understand what he or she is reading. The pictures themselves tell the story in a well illustrated book as this one.

Since all children will face being different at some time or another, I feel this book would be good for any child. It is wonderful to have books like Willie’s Slippery Feet to read to you child even before he faces being different around his or her friends. And the pictures will make the lesson more clear for them as well

Thanks to Tribute Books for providing an e-copy for me to read. The opinions and the review are mine only. I was not expected or required to write a positive review of this book.
And just so you know, the pictures in the e-copy are great, but run out an purchase a print book and they will look even more awesome!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicole Langan
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 10:24:07

    Joy, I’m so glad that you truly enjoyed reading “Slippery Willie.” You’re right children should not have to worry so much about being different. Thanks for sharing the book with your blog readers – especially your enthusiasm for the illustrations. We appreciate it.



  2. Larry Peterson
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:08:12

    Hi Joy—Thank you for the great review and the kind words. It means so much to me to think that something I wrote can be so meaningful to kids. Thanks again and best wishes to you and yours—Larry Peterson



  3. splashesofjoy
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:21:07

    Thank you Larry and Nicole, and Blessing to you on the sale of your book Larry. It is such a cute book, one all children should read. I read it to my 2 year old niece, shes a little young, but she liked the pictures!



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  5. Anne Payne
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 12:46:52

    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, Joy! Excellent review 🙂



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