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.
If Wishes Were Fishes
Title: If Wishes Were Fishes
Author: NA Sharpe
Author web site: http://nasharpe.com
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Genre: Picture book
Release date: May 10, 2010
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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.
NA Sharpe for autographed copies from the author
Ginger Nielson for autographed copies from the illustrator
Now let’s take a look at the talented illustrator that brought N.A.’s endearing story to life:
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 www.gingernielson.com
Being six is hard when you have a teacher who expects you to spell your entire name. With a name like Jedediah Tobias Trumanowski that can be a problem! Another problem finds him when he visits his grandparents. They speak in a secret language all their own and poor J.T. is absolutely confused by it. He tries his best to please them by doing exactly what they ‘say’ even if he doesn’t understand what they ‘mean’. ‘Shake a leg’ and ‘getting your ducks in a row’ are just a few of the odd phrases that he finds troubling. You’ll laugh as J.T. does his best to comply.
This story is full of humor that will not only make you smile but give you and your children something to talk about afterwards. The wonderful illustrations lend a warmth and friendly feel as they capture the expressions perfectly. Together, the story and illustrations create an endearing tale that is sure to please everyone in the family!