The Trip
by Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Illustrated by Melissa Bergemeier
20 pages
Price: $20.00 plus $3.80 S & H
Publisher: Cyberwit Press
ISBN: 978-93-90202-97-3
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The Trip is a richly illustrated children's book about a little boy in Victorian England who goes on an adventure very late one night with a tiny mouse who has arrived in his room just as he is drifting off to sleep.


If you are into stories about journeys, and if you’re looking for a delightful book with which to gift your Grandchild … look no further. Sharmagne Leland-St. John's new book The Trip, will capture your heart. Brilliantly illustrated by Melissa Bergemeier, The Trip is about a little boy and a mouse. Their names: Michael (the mouse, sometimes known as “Mike”) and Michael, (the boy). The story is written in rhyming quatrains superimposed on the richly colored illustrations. Naturally, the mouse can talk; the whole thing is his idea, of course. The poems, written in short, digestible lines, give a feel of movement, of two brave friends walking and talking together. They go all over the world. “Michael took my handkerchief / And made a sail of white / Filled with wind it billowed out / Against the starless night.” As a side-benefit, The Trip is a wonderful segue into the world of poetry for the very young. This book is a sure thing for kids aged 4 and up.
—Michael Escoubas, author of Images: A Collection of Ekphrastic Poems

This delightfully written and illustrated story is one that parents and grandparents will enjoy reading to their young ones over and over and over again. A wonderful story of a midnight adventure of a small boy and tiny house mouse travelling the world, and still being home in time for a glass of milk and a good night’s sleep. I wish I’d had it when my children, and grandchild, were young.
—Lenora Rain-Lee Good, author of The Bride’s Gate and Other Assorted Writings

The Trip is such a trip, to be embraced and enjoyed by young and old alike! Sharmagne Leland-St. John captures in whimsical poetry, and Melissa Bergemeier in imaginative illustration, the world of a young child on an extraordinary journey. It reminds us as adults of the wondrous time of childhood when our imaginary friends were every bit as real as our live friends. Ms. Leland-St. John has brought her masterful prose and poetry to bear on this book, beautifully illustrated by Ms. Bergemeier Not only will we read it again and again, but it is destined to become a family legacy, to be discovered anew and experienced by our children, our grandchildren and those who follow them. It deserves a place of honor on our bookshelf, with such classics as The Polar Express, Harold and the Purple Crayon and James and the Giant Peach.
—Henry Howard, author Sing to Me of My Rights

The Trip is a fanciful journey of two unlikely friends who venture to see the world on one magical night. The rhyme is delightful, while the characters are enchanting, and the pages turn with ease. This book will complement any children’s picture book library.
—Karen Schwartz, author of Precious Love.

The Trip is a charming, whimsical book! This rhyming adventure of a boy and a mouse in the middle of the night makes a lovely bedtime story and is sure to delight.
Kim Gottlieb-Walker, photographer and author of Lenswoman and Caterina by Moon-light




Sharmagne Leland-St. John, 21-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is a Native American poet, concert performer, artist, filmmaker, and Editor-in-Chief of the literary and cultural arts journal Quill and Parchment. Sharmagne spends time between her home in the Hollywood Hills, in California, her fly fishing lodge on the Stillaguamish River in the Pacific Northwest, a writer’s retreat in Taos, New Mexico and her Villa in Tuscany. She tours the United States, Canada, and England, as a performance poet.

Sharmagne is widely anthologised and her poetry and short stories appear as well in many on-line literary journals.  She has published 6 poetry collections. Unsung Songs (2003),  Silver Tears and Time (2005), Contingencies (2008), La Kalima (2010), A Raga for George Harrison (2020) IMAGES: A Collection of Ekphrastic Poetry (2021) and co-authored a book on film production design. Designing Movies: Portrait of a Hollywood Artist (2006). Sharmagne is editor of Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood (2012,) winner of the 2013 International Book Award Honouring Excellence in Mainstream and Independent Publishing as well as one of four finalists for the NIEA.


Born in Arlington, Washington, Melissa currently lives in the Stanwood countryside. She loves traveling and has been to several countries outside of the US, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Finland, and plans to travel to many more! When she's at home she spends a lot of time drawing, she co-owns a sticker and notebook business and also works on illustration and character design commissions. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games and experiencing new stories and adventures from the comfort of her chair.


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