Reading level: Ages 9-12Hardcover: 24 pagesPublisher: TB Press; 2nd edition (January 12, 2011)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0982256574ISBN-13: 978-0982256572

To be upfront, I stopped reading this book half way through. My point of contention? The use of the word stupid. Not only does Slippery Willie use it but his teacher uses it to remark on his new shoes. The story, until then wasn’t bad and the illustrations were cute, I just couldn’t get past that word. I don’t want to read it to my kids and I don’t want my kids to read it and think it’s okay to use. I certainly don’t want them to think a teacher can call something of theirs as stupid. Many different words could have been used to express the same thing.


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.

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