Monday, August 23, 2010

If Wishes Were Fishes Goes Interactive!

“To be an author or illustrator for children’s books is to live in a world where dreams can come true.” ~Ginger Nielson

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

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Ginger. Some of her work for 4RV Publishing includes In My Bath, A Wish and a Prayer, and of course my book, If Wishes Were Fishes.

So, just what is If Wishes Were Fishes all about? In a nutshell, six-year old JTTrumanowski has a BIG problem…his grandparents! He absolutely adores his grandparents and is very excited to spend a whole weekend alone with them, but his grandparents have this whole secret language he doesn't seem to understand. After all, how are you supposed to survive a whole weekend alone with them when you do exactly what they say and still end up in so much trouble?!

JT knows he has a fun weekend in store for him - grandma has promised to bake his favorite cookies and grandpa said he was going to take him to a baseball game! 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.

Title: If Wishes Were Fishes Author: NA Sharpe
Author web site:
Illustrator: Ginger Nielson Illustrator web site: 4RV Publishing LLCurl:
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


Purchasing links:
NA Sharpe for autographed copies from the author

Ginger Nielson for autographed copies from the illustrator

Publisher, 4RV Publishing LLC


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So, how has If Wishes Were Fishes gone interactive? With 4RV Publishing’s permission, Ginger was gracious enough to offer some of her art work from If Wishes Were Fishes for a new promotional website that provides downloadable coloring pages for kids and offers coloring contests to win copies of their favorite books.
What better way to make your new favorite book interactive?! I love the idea! Follow the link to find some great coloring pages for your kids...I especially like the ones from If Wishes Were Fishes - Ginger did an awesome job! I'd love to hear some reactions from the kids on this one - I'm betting they love the coloring pages...and maybe a chance to win a new book! Anyone wanting to enter a coloring contest on my site can contact me through the contact link in the upper right hand corner of the blog for information on how to submit entries to win a copy of If Wishes Were Fishes. Thank you and Good luck!!


Beth Reinke said...

Nancy, the coloring pages are great! Ginger did a really nice job on them. :o)

Rena said...

Sounds like a great book! Off to check out the coloring pages!!!

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Beth and Rena! I think it is an awesome idea and everything I have seen that Ginger has worked on is amazing!
Thanks so much for stopping!

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