Shari Tharp is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former teacher. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and son. Her debut book, GERTRUDE AND TOBY'S FRIDAY ADVENTURE, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook.
The next two books in the series, GERTRUDE AND TOBY SAVE THE GINGERBREAD MAN and GERTRUDE AND TOBY MEET THE WOLF, were released in late 2016.
In addition to writing, Shari enjoys playing chess, hiking, biking, and reading (of course!).
A picture-book collection for ages 6 to 8, the Gertrude and Toby Fairy-Tale Adventure Series appeals to young readers but is equally entertaining for adults. Its themes include friendship (and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and shells) and helping those in need regardless of who they are and without any expectation of reward.
Gertrude and Toby are best friends and live at McFarland Farms. They often go on adventures when Farmer Sam and his son Ryan are away. During their adventures, they encounter fairy-tale characters in various states of peril and save them. In doing so, they learn that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes, and that helping others is often as rewarding as the adventure itself.
Gertrude the goat and Toby the tortoise are going fishing at Trout Lake for their Friday adventure. While at the lake, they see a little boy being dragged off by a hungry wolf! They follow the wolf and rescue the little boy, but the wolf doesn't give up. He goes after them, determined to get his lunch back!
Farmer Sam and his son Ryan are taking their prize pig to the county fair. Gertrude and Toby decide they have plenty of time to sneak off the farm for an extra adventure. But Gertrude and Toby soon discover that a giant has captured their friend, the Gingerbread Man! Gertrude and Toby come up with a plan to save him. But the giant, who is sleeping nearby, wakes up during their rescue!
Gertrude the goat and her best friend Toby the tortoise are adventurers. No sitting around on the boring farm for them! They love to explore, and every Friday they sneak off the farm for some extra fun. One Friday, Gertrude and Toby decide to visit the local candy store in town. They discover yummy goodies and treats, but soon find that the treats are not free!? Uh oh!