Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Book Boost's Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes

Here at the Book Boost we normally don't do book reviews (except for special occasions like our annual Blogger of the Year event) but after taking a peek at this story and realizing that it was a children's book with a very special message...I had to post my thoughts.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is all about a young boy's worry that he won't fit in while wearing his new shoes to school. It is all about our fear that our differences will make us stand out in some negative way and that because we are different that no one will accept us or love us.

As the mother of a child with juvenile diabetes, I'm quite familiar with this fear in children. My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 2 and although she is completely accustomed to dealing with her disease on a daily basis, she was terrified of what the kids in Kindergarten would think of it.

To soften the impact, I went with her to school and read her classmates a story about Rufus the Diabetes Bear and showed them how she gives her bear shots of insulin just like the ones she must endure daily. Later that day, all her class mates fought over who would sit next to her at lunch. They all wanted to watch her check her blood sugar and everyone wanted to be like her.

This book carries very much the same message. It is our differences that make us the beautiful creatures that we are today.

I hope you'll check out this touching tale.

--Kerri Nelson
Owner, The Book Boost


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 an Excerpt here:

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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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Tribute Books said...

Aww thanks, Kerri for posting a review of Slippery Willie at The Book Boost. I can't tell you how much we appreciate it.

Thank you for sharing your story about your daughter being apprehensive to start kindergarten while having to take insulin shots for her diabetes. I love how you had Rufus the Diabetes Bear to make her and her classmates feel more comfortable and to understand what was going on. What a wonderful way to incorporate the theme of the book into your post.

Best wishes,
Tribute Books

It Makes Sense To Me said...

Hi Kerri--just want to say how much I appreciate your doing the review and for the kind words about the book. It means a great deal to me and has made my day. THANKS AGAIN--
Larry Peterson

Anonymous said...

Great review, thanks for sharing.