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for entry "Earth Day
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
Hello Bob,

I very nearly overlooked this entry! It would have been a shame because this is another dazzling poem about Mother Earth and our need to acknowledge and respect her. This version of your poem would appeal to older children and I think they can relate to it easily.

Keep Writing and Good luck!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello,

I am reading and reviewing your entry in the Writing 4 Kid's contest because, for the month of April, I am one of the judges.

Your Bunny Rap is absolutely exciting. I had to read it a few times, just to be sure I didn't miss any of the fun details. What child wouldn't love acting the motions out and singing this! It is captivating, colorful and engaging and I think you have a hit on your hands :)
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Review of L'aura del Campo  
for entry "What month am I?
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Hello Enga,

I am reading and reviewing your poem written for the Writing 4 Kids contest because I am one of April's judges.

What a fun poem that challenges a young reader to guess what month it is talking about! I think your poem would appeal to an older child and I think it would entice them to ask questions and perhaps even dig a bit to find out what some of the flowers mentioned look like. If illustrated, what a bright, vivid sight it would be! I think most any child would be delighted with this poem and it would open their imaginations wide.

Happy writing and Good luck!
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for entry "My Mom Says
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
Hello Bob,

It is me again :) I am reading and reviewing your poem submitted to the Writing 4 Kids contest because I am one of the judges for the month of April.

Again, you write so vibrantly and use exciting imagery to bring the whole thing to life. It fairly jumps from the pages. A light-hearted and fun way to introduce a child to the idea of a second mother, and a lovely tribute for Earth Day.

Thank you for your poem and Good luck!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Sandra,

Thank you for your April entry at the Writing 4 Kids contest. I am reading and reviewing your entry because I am one of this month's judges.

What a fun way to alert a child to the magical music that only raindrops can make! I think your poem will have children readers cocking their heads and listening hard next time it rains so they can hear all the sounds it can make. Most any child can easily relate to your poem.

Good luck and Happy Writing!
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Review of To Get to May  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello,

I am reading and reviewing your poem written for the Writing 4 Kid's contest because I am one of the judges for the month of April.

What a clever idea to relate the month of April as a bridge to get from winter to summer. It is something children can easily envision and relate to. Your words are so crisp and fun, I think it would easily draw in any child and most of them can relate to feeling as if the rain would never stop.

Thank you for your entry and good luck!
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Review of Rain 🌧️  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi Lurie,

I am reading and reviewing your poem written for the Writing 4 Kid's contest because I am one of the judges this month.

What a fun, fast-paced poem about waiting for the sun to shine. I really like your colorful presentation. You kept your poem clean and simple and I think any child would be prone to chant your poem while waiting for the rain to clear up.

Thank you for your submission and good luck!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Pria,

I am reading and reviewing your poem written for the Writing 4 Kids contest because I am one of the judges for the month of April.

I love the presentation of this poem! Use of large font, color, and you even added an adorable bee to it, clearly, any child would be drawn to it like a bee to flowers. So simple but so fun and easy to understand. It is vivid, bright, and short, which is great for a child's attention span.

Thank you for your submission and good luck!
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Review of Said the Tree  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello,

I am reading and reviewing your poem written for the Writing 4 Kids contest because for the month of April, I am one of the judges.

This poem, I think, would draw a child's attention quickly as it opens with a tree bending down to talk to a small boy. A creative way to show that beauty can be found even in "weeds". A beautiful tribute to Earth Day.

Thank you for your submission and participation. Good Luck!
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Review of Search for Spring  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Piri,

I really enjoyed your word search! It put me in the mood for gardening and being outside in the warm sunshine getting my hands dirty. Your word search was challenging, the word "fresh" illuded me and I had to finally click the solve button. You picked some very good words for this puzzle. Thank you for creating it and I look forward to the next one.
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Review of Thank You!!  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.5)
You are very, very welcome! I just love making new friends and getting to know them and you are so sweet and I just love how you jumped in and started getting involved with so much. I'm glad to call you a friend and can't wait to see what you achieve here! The sky is the limit. *HeartV*
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
Dear Lurie,

I just completed your wonderful word search and enjoyed it very much. You have some of my very favorite authors listed as well as one or two I've not heard of, which means I've got some research to do!

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
I love this story! Mugs is an adventurous one-of-a-kind dog that didn't let those skunks get away with their stinky games! I would have liked him. You were a good human and I think you both had fun. Not every dog takes time to train its humans :)
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Review of Paranormal Possum  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (3.5)
This was delightful and a story I could relate to. While I did not have the unusual run-in with a paranormal possum, I did have a Mama possum have three babies under my kitchen sink. The landlord refused to do anything about it. They got in through a hole at the back of the cabinet by the wall. At the time I also had cats and the babies got so they would come out and eat with the cats! As they grew older, I'd call "here kitty kitty" and the cats AND possums would come toddling out. At this time, I had a mattress on the floor where I slept and my cats always slept with me. Well, one night I got up to go to the bathroom and the moonlight shone just right and I saw not only were the cats on my bed, but those dang possums were sleeping on my bed as well! They were part of the family for many years. True, they DID have long noses and a mouth full of sharp teeth...but these became tame and gentle.
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
God's word is the only thing you can take to the bank and count on it. God's word is the ONLY constant in this universe. It never changes, for He is the Alpha and Omega and so is his Word, because in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God. Every single word can be trusted and depended upon. Since day one, we've been gifted with free will. We ALWAYS have a choice. It is not always an easy choice but the choice is always there if we seek it and ask for it. We must choose it. Many times tho, we are like sheep and allow others to make those choices for us, then we blame them for the results.
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Review of Not in His name  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This brought a chill to me as I read it. Such truth in every word! It speaks like a hammer to those who read it, pricks the soul, and hopefully, makes the reader really think about what is being said. This should be printed out and handed out in mass distribution so everyone has a chance to read it.
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
I read and am reviewing this as a result of doing your Christmas Quiz. Much of what you wrote about I already knew, but the information about the star was new to me. You make some very good points and what you say makes a lot of sense, but I never thought of it that way. Right before Christmas this last year I read a book called Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. It really picks apart the Christmas story and goes in-depth of the reality of it. Of what was really going on at that time and puts a lot of new perspective to the story. My favorite part was reading about the shepherds. How these were not the type of men to be dazzled or impressed by a baby. They were barbarians. They lived outside the city walls. They had to fight against wild animals, thieves, murderers, sleep and live in all kinds of weather..they were hard, fierce men. And those were the men who God sent Angels to tell of the birth of Jesus and when they saw and heard, they left their flocks! Left their posts and went to see...and they are the ones who fell on their knees and worshiped the baby. That really touched my heart because when I think of the disciples, the ones Jesus picked to follow him, he picked fierce fishermen who were strong and used to fighting the sea, weather, and such. Not polished, gentle, meek men. Tho some were doctors and tax collectors but the majority were not. Then, I think of Saul who killed Christians and actually LIKED it...he was a notorious killer and tormenter of Christians...and wait. I'm getting all excited and going way off point. Point is, I enjoyed what you wrote and I learned something new. Great work!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.5)
This was a fun quiz and several of the questions really made me stop and think. I am very surprised that it says the Devil is the one who made the star appear. I've never heard that before. Can you share where that is found? I'd be very interested. This is a great quiz for any time, not just the Christmas season.
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Review of Darby  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Jaya,

I am reading and reviewing your story for the writing 4 kids contest because I am one of the judges for the month of Feb.

There's always that one special toy that seems to touch the heart of a child and it is clear Darby has touched Sofia's at first sight. Your story is faced paced yet still has tons of wonderful descriptions. It was a sweet twist to have Sofia give her Auntie a bear similar to her own on such a special day.

Very well done. Good luck!
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Review of Fuzzy Bear Hugs  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (5.0)
Dear Bob,

As always, your story was a delight and filled with a surprise! A warm, fuzzy story from my favorite horror writer *Shock2* Don't worry, I won't tell! It is harder for some children to let little childhood securities go, such as a blanket or stuffed toy. I love how you let the child catch a well-meaning mom in the act of getting rid of the toy, only to then have the overwhelming love and understanding of the child rise up and the child gives his beloved toy to his mother! And, seriously, what adult couldn't benefit from having the comfort of a well-worn, well-loved teddy bear hug from time to time? What would happen to the crime rate alone if more adults hugged their teddy bears?

I have to give this a full five stars! Fantastic job and good luck!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hello,

I am reading your contest entry for Writing for Kids because I am one of the judges for the month. Thank you for taking the time to write and submit an entry!

This is a very sweet story of a boy who would not give up on friendship. In few words you really made your characters come to life and I could just see these sweet boys. It was very clever and very skillful of you to make your story into a poem! Children will be delighted to read this and unknowingly be learning about friendship, giving, sacrifice and determination all at once.

Great job and good luck!
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Review of The Coffin  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (3.5)
Thank you for your entry in the February Write for Kids Contest. I am reviewing your entry, as I am one of the judges for this month.

Right off, I liked the font you used and the size. It was very easy to read and I liked you did not just use the default font. You used bright, vivid descriptions that would capture the imagination and attention of children easily.

Thank you for your entry and good luck!
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Bari,
Again, welcome to WDC, and thank you for asking me to read your wonderful scene. I enjoyed the strong descriptive words and vivid imagery. You used lots of detail, yet kept the pace nice and even and didn't bog the story down. I didn't spot any technical issues, but that is not my strongest skill, so perhaps don't rely fully on just my opinion of that. You hook me, as a reader with within the first few sentences and I can't help but keep reading. I just HAVE to know what happens next!

If I were to make any suggestions at all, I would suggest re-thinking the presentation. As it is, it is all kinda squished together into one huge chunk of text. I'd encourage you to maybe double space your paragraphs, use a larger font for easier reading. You have a wide range of options above the box you type in. You can bold, or add italics or underline. You can add colors, change the spacing of sentences and paragraphs, change the size of the font, choose a different font, and many other features to enhance your writing.

Please let me know when you've added to this story as I would love to know what happens!

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Tina Stone
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Hello Gen,

I read your piece through the read & Review page. While your piece is not something I would normally read, your's grabbed my attention and I must say, I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the vivid imagery you use. You made it very easy for my mind's eye to envision what you were saying and to visualize the whole thing. The interaction between granddaughter and grandmother was intriguing! You seem very skilled at writing dialog. I also really liked that you took the time to add some format to your page and broke it up a bit. It was easy on my eyes and made the whole thing look very well put together.
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Review of Blowing off steam  
Review by Tina Stone
Rated: ASR | (4.0)
Hello Whiskers,

By the time I finished reading this I was grinning from ear to ear. What writer has not fought that demon which is editing? What writer has not wilted at the mere thought of editing something? In writing, it is a necessary evil that helps us put the spit and polish on our carefully arranged words.

What you wrote easily resonates with many writers and I'm pretty sure a good number of them have had this same or similar rant more than once. Thank you for sharing!

Sincerely,
Tina
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