From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 5 The old woman has a problem: every night when she tries to sleep, her shoes go dancing all over the house, keeping her awake with the racket they make. At wit's end, she consults the Willy Nilly Man, a scary hermit and conjure man who lives back in the woods. When the Willy Nilly Man tricks her, the old woman retaliates and finally breaks down his gruff exterior so that he cures her shoes of their annoying habit, and the two of them become friends. Rounds' colorful illustrations play up the humor in the story and add richly to the characterizations. The story, based on stories that the author heard in the Oklahoma countryside and the hills of Arkansas, is one that begs to be told, or at least read aloud. The back country dialect is much easier on the ear than on the eye. The rendering of the dialect is not always consistentthe final ``g'' is dropped from most, but not all words, for example. But the overall effect of the story is to bring two ornery, lovable, and humorous characters very much to life for the enjoyment of all. Connie C. Rockman, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.
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