This is a book about shoes…and who doesn’t LOVE shoes right? Well, Willie for one, or at the very least his newest pair. You see, young Willie needs special shoes to stay on his special feet. Shoes that he won’t just slip out of because when he’s barefoot and fancy free, the sky’s the limit on where he might slide off to next. Special shoes seem like the best solution to the problem at hand, but will Willie be able to get past his fear of what others might think of them?
Though certainly not words you usually hear in a children’s book (let alone the title…though they do grab your attention), “stupid” and “ugly” aren’t that far off track when describing his new footwear. Think of a pair of shoes you’ve had that you less-than-loved (me…at the time, black & white saddle shoes….oye….but oh how fun it was when they started coming in PINK and white!)…got the image? Now add on a lock or two attaching them to your feet….yep, I’d say they probably didn’t get much better now did they? Didn’t think so, but here’s the real “key”. It’s not really about the shoes in life or in this book; it’s about something much bigger and closer to home.
People ARE different. It’s those differences that make us unique. Without them, well we probably wouldn’t know any better because there would be nothing to compare the vast amount of sameness to, but I can only imagine it’d be fairly humdrum. The rainbow of personalities, personal styles, hair lengths, face shapes, eye colors, talents and so on all add up to a world of beauty that I would much rather live in….wouldn’t you? So I say, HOORAY for Willie and his slippery feet. Welcome to the club we call life and prepare for all the adventures that await you.
|Author Larry Peterson|
Continuing through the book, you can’t help but take notice of the artwork. Each one is a work of art and has that distinct quality of a pencil sketch with colored shading bringing them to life straight off the 2D page. The illustrations are fun, funny, and colorful; always depicting in detail the scenes being described along with the emotions flitting from page to page. When Willie is “trapped” in his shoes for the first time, his expression is so sad! It brings a tear to your eye, but no worries readers…it ends on a happy note.
Interested in finding out more about this title or the mind behind it? I thought you might be. Make a stop over at the book’s website, read through the book excerpt for a quick introduction, or take a chance and share your thoughts about accepting differences on the book tour blog. Perhaps you’re a Facebook fan, in which case the author’s page might be of interest. Still need more? No worries. Check out this adorable book trailer featuring Willie….
It’s a tad wordier than some storybooks but the wonderful illustrations and powerful message are well worth the read. So make some time to meet Willie, trust me…you’ll be glad you did. Ebook copy for review received courtesy of Nicole at Tribute Books. (THANKS!) For more information on this amazing publisher, feel free to check out their site, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter. Book is available for purchase on the Tribute Books website. Be sure to check out all the other stops that have been and will be on the tour for more bookish fun.
Until next time…happy reading!