Welcome to the March 2011 Blog Tour to celebrate the 2nd edition release of the children’s picture book Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson.
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.
Read it on YouTube
24 pgs., 5.5″ x 8.5″
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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The E-Book that I reviewed, is a children’s book of only 24 pages and is fully illustrated, it is an easy read for onscreen viewing.
After reading “Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes” by L. T. Peters, my initial reaction was “…so what’s the moral of the story?”, “what did we really learn with this?”, “what would my daughter (who has GAD) have learned with this?”. While I can relate to a child like Willie, having a daughter with GAD and who worries about almost everything, I also can see how the story doesn’t really provide a resolution for children with real worries. It has the “it was just a dream, don’t worry” attitude, however, it doesn’t provide a suggestion on how to help a child with real worries……like, for example, really looking at the pros and cons to the worry and actually dealing with the situation. Perhaps, since I deal with a child with GAD and deal with these types of issues on a daily basis, I may be looking at the story in a different way then most.
I do empathize with Willie, and find him an enjoyable character that protrays what many children feel (fear of being made fun of). The style of writing is clear, and provides good usage of onomatopoeia. While the story may be fun to read with children, the reader is left not really knowing why Willie slipped, slid, and spun….was it a disease? ….was it a deformity? Given that most children are quite informed today (exposure to: internet, tv, other media), I would expect many questions around this.
It did not state what the suggested age range it is recommended for; I would assume it’s geared for the very young. It is a silly story, I can see it being an enjoyable book for story-telling. On a personal level, I found the book to be at a less than satisfactory level…..in other words, I would not pick this book to read to my daughter that struggles with ADHD, ODD, and especially GAD.
Here are some places you can purchase Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes: