NC Literary Hall of Fame



Pancake Jake & Wally Waffle by Sharon O'Donnell

Torchflame/Light Messages
$9.99, paperback / $19.99, hardcover / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-61153-434-4
June, 2021
Children's: Picture Book
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A fun story about Pancakes and Waffles that teaches children that we all are the same inside, regardless of what we look like on the outside.

Pancake Jake and Wally Waffle both venture into the forbidden parts of Breakfast Land in hopes of making friends and bringing Pancakes and Waffles together again.

Pancake Jake discovers the long-lost recipe for Waffles that proves Pancakes & Waffles are made of the same ingredients even though they look different on the outside.

Pancake Jake and Wally Waffle, a fun adventure story about diversity featuring pancakes and waffles, is Sharon’s first children’s book. A rare sighting of a Waffle boy sends young Pancake Jake on a quest in Breakfast Land: he wants to make friends with the Waffles, who have long been the enemies of the Pancakes. With courage and kindness, Jake discovers a long-lost recipe that proves Pancakes and Waffles are actually made of the same ingredients. The story is both timely and timeless.

Sharon J. O’Donnell is an award-winning newspaper columnist and the author of two humor books, Please Don’t Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA and House of Testosterone -- One Mom’s Survival in a Household of Males. From 1998 until 2010, Sharon was a family life columnist for The Cary News in Cary, NC. She has also written for Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), and Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards. She has taught writing workshop residencies in countless elementary and middle schools in the Raleigh area. Sharon’s first children’s book, Pancake Jake & Wally Waffle, was published in June of 2021. She has also recently written song lyrics, including some for teenage artist Brooke Hatala. Sharon is a native North Carolinian and a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in print/broadcast journalism. She lives in Cary, NC with her husband, Kevin, sweet and crazy dachshund, Norman, with frequent visits from their three grown sons. And the 16 years of memories their beloved family dog, Fenway, left behind will always stay with them all. Connect with Sharon at,;,,,,, on Twitter @4boysanddog, and on Instagram at sjodonnell513.

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