Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Guest Author Series - Welcome N.A. Sharpe

I'd like to welcome fellow 4RV Author, N.A. Sharpe to the blog today. Ms. Sharpe is the author of "If Fishes were Wishes."

Ms. Sharpe's Bio:

N.A. Sharpe was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware studying Psychology and Elementary Education. She is a single mom and currently lives in central Florida with her son and two dogs, Scooter (a Yorkie) and NaNu (a Morkie).

Throughout high school and college, she volunteered in the elementary school system, and, after receiving her degree, taught autistic and schizophrenic children in a private school in Pennsylvania for five years before moving on to an administrative career.

She has always had a deep rooted love of storytelling and children's literature. This is her first picture book. She has one fantasy book published and is currently writing a Young Adult fantasy adventure series in collaboration with her son.

The illustrator of "If Fishes were Wishes" is Ginger Nelson.
Ms. Nelson's Bio:

Ginger Nielson is a full time children’s book illustrator who lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in a semi-rural part of New Hampshire. There is a magic wand on her desk and a dragon in her basement. Everything else is perfectly normal. You can see examples of her work at


Illustrator: Ginger Nielson
Illustrator web site:
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
ISBN-10: 0982588674
ISBN-13: 978-0982588673
Genre: Picture book
Format: Paperback
Release date: May 10, 2010
Price: $13.99
Pages: 24

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Promo blurb:

JT Trumanowski is a six-year old with a BIG problem…his grandparents! How do you survive a whole weekend alone with them when you do exactly what they say and still end up in so much trouble?!

JT adores his grandparents and is thrilled to be invited to spend the weekend with them. He tries hard to follow their requests to a “T” with one disastrously humorous result after another. “Why can’t they just say what they mean?” he wonders. Talk about a failure to communicate! Join JT as he discovers people may mean what they say, they just don’t always say what they mean…clearly.


"If Wishes were Fishes" is a witty little story that will put a smile on a young reader's face. It is geared for 4-7 year-olds.

JT Trumanowski is a young boy who goes to sleep over his grandparents house. JT takes everything his grandparents say literally, but they are used to speaking more figuratively. Expressions such as "get your ducks in a row," "no more monkey business," and "a penny for your thoughts," get JT into a spot of trouble.

"If Wishes were Fishes," shows children not to take everything so seriously, and to ask if they don't quite understand something. The story is sweetly illustrated by Ginger Nelson. Her illustrations are sharp and appealing.

"If Wishes were Fishes," is a book that will leave young readers with plenty of giggles and thinking of the story long after they've closed the book.


  1. Hello Steph and Nancy. :o)

    I love the verbal playfulness of "If Wishes Were Fishes." It's a cute story with humor throughout!

  2. Hi Beth,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and all of your support. I really appreciate it. Adults and children both seem to enjoy the humor of the book which makes it easy to read over and over :-)

    Thank you so much for your kind words and hosting here today ((hugs)) I really appreciate it - it means a lot.

  3. Good luck with the book, ladies. It sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. Nice review, Steph. The book is so much fun. Have fun on your tour, Nancy.

    I didn't know Ginger had a dragon in her basement. What does she feed it?

  5. Hi Rena and Bev, thanks so much. The book has been a lot of fun - I love watching reactions of both adults and the kids - it gets a lot of giggles from both. I agree Bev, Steph did an excellent review - thanks Steph! And Bev...what does she feed the dragon? Anything it wants, lol!