N.A. Sharpe!! ‘If Wishes Were Fishes’

It is with great pleasure that I introduce this talented author on blog during her first book tour!!

Author of ‘If Wishes Were Fishes’

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

Illustrator: Ginger Nielson
Illustrator web site: http://gingernielson.com)
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
url: http://4RVPublishingllc.com

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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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.

Purchasing links:

NA Sharpe  for autographed copies from the author


Ginger Nielson for autographed copies from the illustrator


Publisher, 4RV Publishing LLC




 Barnes and Noble


 Books a Million


Now let’s take a look at the talented illustrator that brought N.A.’s endearing story to life:

Illustrator, ‘If Wishes Were Fishes’

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

My Review:

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!      


8 thoughts on “N.A. Sharpe!! ‘If Wishes Were Fishes’

  1. Hey Christy,
    Great review! The book sounds perfect for my cousin’s little boy and for the baby we will, hopefully be having, very soon. It rings a familiar tune to one of my all-time favorites, Amelia Bedelia. 🙂 It’s been awhile since I’ve browsed over the younger children’s book section and reading this reminds me that I should.
    Oh, and can I please visit the illustrator’s house? 😀 My 10 year old and I would love to meet a dragon.

  2. Hi Sheila and Sarah!
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree, Christy did a wonderful review, I really appreciate it. Sheila, thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear the class enjoyed the story. Sarah, I’m with you – love to go visit the dragon!

  3. Excellent post, recommendation, blog! Thanks for the info! I hope you’ll like a suggestion of mine, as many other friends and like-minded people will: using sites like zazzle.com, cafepress. com, fiverr? They could be a good way to promote your works and to help “remove” stupidity in the streets like headlines on t-shirts, fridge-magnets, cups, etc: My Boyfriend kisses Better Than Yours, FBI – female body inspector, etc. Not everything we see and think of should be about sex, right? It would be much better if there were more nice pictures of mythical creatures, good thoughts, poems from fantasy genre, etc? I’m allanbard there, I use some of my illustrations, thoughts, poems from my books (like: One can fight money only with money, Even in the hottest fire there’s a bit of water, Money are amongst the last things that make people rich, or
    Let’s watch the moon, let’s meet the sun!
    Let’s hear soon the way the Deed was done!
    Let’s listen to the music the shiny crystals played,
    let’s welcome crowds of creatures good and great…
    etc). I guess any god author could appreaciate such lines much more than the usual stuff we see every day? Best wishes! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of the water dragons’ hunters – my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

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