March 4, 2011

being different - review

One of the hardest parts of growing up is being different.  
"They'll laugh at me."    
Larry Peterson addresses this issue in Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes.
If you had to wear shoes like these, everybody would laugh like Elmo.
That is precisely what happens in the book.  Even though there's no Elmo, everyone rofls (rolls around on the floor laughing).  The kids in class, the teacher (!),  the principal (gasp).   Even the the jet plane in the sky tips its wings because people inside are laughing.  
What happens next?  Spoiler coming, but as we're all adults here and this is a children's book -- I'll go ahead and mention it.   Slippery Willie wakes up.  It was a dream.   He still has to wear these stupid, ugly shoes, but life is not as bad as he expected.  Why worry?

This is a sweet book, brings back memories.  I remember fussing at age 11 because my mother insisted I wear a certain dress to a family Christmas gathering.  Turned out the dress didn't matter, it was one of the most fun parties I remember.  But I digress.

Because of the long text on some pages, the book would serve better as a read-aloud book in the classroom rather than being a "reader" for children.  There are good discussion questions about differences in the back of the book;  the same questions can be found here.  If you have suggestions, please post there!

disclaimer:  I received a PDF of this book from Tribute Books to review.


Tribute Books said...

Betty - thanks for such a fun review. I love the Elmo reference and the cute little picture of him. What a great touch! Thanks for hosting a stop on the blog tour and for your support of Slippery Willie.

For all those who'd like to follow Slippery Willie on his blog tour, please visit

Larry Peterson said...

Hi Betty---Just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking the time to review "Slippery Willie". Having him mentioned in the same sentence as "Elmo" made my day. Once again, thank you and best wishes to you.
Sincerely, Larry Peterson

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for great review, yes it would be a great ,to read this book aloud in the classroom.