Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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

Being “different” is rarely an asset in elementary school. Kids who don’t conform to what’s considered “normal” are often teased and shunned by their classmates. And that was to be the fate of Willie Wiggles in the children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes, by Larry Peterson.

Willie had a very unusual disability: his feet were so slippery that he slid and spun all over the place! His mom would have to catch him with a butterfly net. So, Willie had to wear special shoes so his feet wouldn’t be slippery. Unfortunately, these shoes were huge and had a big lock on them so Willie wouldn’t take them off. And, naturally, his classmates laughed at Willie’s atrocious shoes. But, it turns out, the other kids’ laughter was all just a dream based on Willie’s fears. When he got to school, the other children actually thought his unusual shoes were cool!

Watch this video about Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes:

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I like how this book includes discussion questions that adults can use with kids, such as, “If you were in school with Willie, and everyone was making fun of him, would you stick up for him or join the others?” Questions like this can help encourage empathy and tolerance in children. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes contains plenty of silliness that kids will love, but with a lesson that gets adult approval. Learn more about this book through the links below.

Book web site:
To read an excerpt:
Author Larry Peterson on Facebook:
Author’s blog:

DISCLOSURE: I received a PDF version of this book. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.


  1. Thanks Susan for the great review and for recommending Slippery Willie to your blog readers. We appreciate your support of the book and for hosting a stop on the blog tour.

    For all those who would like to follow along on the tour, please visit

  2. Hi Susan--just want to say THANK YOU for the fine review you gave to my book and also for posting the site and book trailer. I truly appreciate the time and effort on your part and it means a lot to me. Once again, THANK YOU
    Larry Peterson

  3. great review,it shows us that all kids are different in their own ways.


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