Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Radio Interview for Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes

This author is going to be interviewed today on my radio show Stories From Unknown Authors which can be heard at http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 11 am EST. Larry will also be offering a giveaway for his book that will be ending in mid October. Rules: You must be a GFC member through my blog as well as join Larry's website and/ or blog leaving a comment as well. Good luck to all.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
March 2, 2011
Tribute Books
For ages 4-8
Picture Book    Children's

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.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is a tale about the acceptance of differences.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is about a boy named, Willie Wiggles, who has the slipperiest feet that anyone has ever seen. He has a hard time playing like ordinary children. He can barely walk without sliding all over the place.

Then one day, it happens, Willie's mother finds a pair of shoes that will make Willie's life a little easier. But Willie doesn't see it that way. He feels they are the ugliest shoes he has ever seen, and he can't stand them. But, not being able to get out of it, is forced to wear them.

He wears his new shoes to school, where everyone laughs at him, including his teacher and principal. Feeling self conscious, he leaves the school and heads for home. His adventure home is full of people who ridicule him. People laugh and make fun, their voices ringing through his ears to the point where he can't escape the cruelty of others.

When he confronts his mother with what happened. He wakes up and realizes it was just a dream, but the lesson he learns from his mothers wise words, makes him realize that sometimes our imaginations get the best of us, and we overreact. When Willie goes to school with his new shoes, will his nightmares become a reality?

This is a great story that recognizes the many problems that children have to deal with on a daily basis. But the moral is not to worry about what others think, and to accept ourselves for the things that make us special. That is where it begins. The back of the book provides some suggested activites for the reader to get involved with, and includes some discussion questions.

My only quibble with this story is that it uses an excessive amount of the words, stupid and hate. Otherwise, this story does give the reader, in a fun way, the importance of accepting others uniqueness, and not ridiculing people who are different than ourselves. We should treat others as we would like to be treated.

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  1. Happy to connect with you via the hop. I'm your newest follower- hope you can visit me at www.random-utterances.com. See you soon!

  2. Thank you for the great review... I have a 4 year old and am always looking for new books for him!
    Following back from MI Savings Mama

  3. So glad you found my blog! I would never had know about Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes! Thanks! I am following you back and

  4. I'm a new follower from the Wednesday bloghop. I can't wait to read more of your posts! I would love it if you could follow me as well :)


  5. Hey! Thanks for the follow. Following you back now

  6. Renee - thank you very much for the thoughtful review and for hosting a stop on the blog tour. We appreciate your support of Slippery Willie.

    For all those who'd like to follow along on the blog tour, please hop on over to http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/search/label/virtual%20book%20tour

  7. Great review. I agree with you about the use of the words stupid and hate. That is precisely the reason I was turned off by the story, but the message is a good one. Thanks for your insight.

  8. Great review. I'm always interested in them, so I'll be checking back I'm sure. :)

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I'm following you back.

    Have a great day!

  9. Dear Renee, Just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking the time to review my book, "Slippery Willie---". I appreciate the kind words and I also do appreciate the input about the words "stupid & hate". That was a different perspective and that kind of input can only help me to improve my work. Thanks again and best wishes Sincerely, Larry Peterson

  10. a thorough review - I like that!

    Thanks for linking up to the Tailspin Hop - I'm following you via GFC now :)

    ~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery~

  11. Good review and using those hard words should be used with care. Now following you from the TH blog hop.

  12. This blog makes me wish (a little bit too much) that I had children ;D Its lovely. But I am going to give your link to my ever growing extended family who have loads of them. ;)

    Shah from The Weekend Creation Blog Hop at wordsinsync.blogspot.com

  13. A nice review....
    Thanks for coming over and following. I am following right back. :)
    oops, are you aware you have word verification on?

  14. Thanks for linking up - support is fantastic. I shared your link on my Facebook page. Hope it brings a load of mummy readers. I have a lot of mummy pals and relatives.

    Shah from The Weekend Creation Blog Hop at wordsinsync.blogspot.com

  15. Thank you for visiting today - I'm now a follower.

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now your newest follower! :)

  17. Great Review! SOunds great! I am now following your blog and would love it if you could follow me as well.

  18. Thanks for the follow. I am now returning the favor. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Giveaway Blogdom

  19. Thank you for linking up with the Explore Play and Learn Blog Hop! I hope you had fun hopping around. Sorry it's taken me until today to follow you back. I have been hit with the creepy crud and feel a little human today. We are hoping again this weekend so come and link up!

  20. Hey, following you with Fab Friends!!!!

  21. Thanks! for the great review ,appreciate it.

  22. Renee, thanks for interviewing Larry on your online radio show! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.