I freely admit that I have not read this book. I have read bits and pieces of it, but predominately this was read by my 12 year. He’ll be giving a report on it later in this post. I’ll be giving the factual details about it like chapters, length, interesting features etc.
My lad read this book over the month of September through mid-way October as his language arts component, I occasionally asked him what he was learning about, and he’d give me a verbal chapter synopsis, and what he thought of the ideas presented. It worked well for us.
What do you get?
20 chapters, with titles such as:
Trust me; Getting started; The Best Journal in the world is yours;The Writing Journal in action; Blank Slate; Story Maps; Good Habits lead to Great inspiration; Focused Drafts and much more.
Scattered throughout the pages are black and white illustrations that sometimes illustrate a point or add humour to the page.
Since I occasionally heard giggles while the lad was reading I assume that the author used humour to convey his message. Neither did I hear complaints about it taking too long to read, or being boring, or too difficult. The only thing I would hear was “Sorry mom, I forgot to read Writing Radar today. Can I do two chapters tomorrow instead?” I simply would say, it needs to be done in five weeks, how he managed that was up to him. From what I read, it seemed crafted for 9-12 year olds. A good middle school level book.
Leafing through I noticed they have these little grey boxes with “writing tip” at the top. handy those I thought. Asked the lad what he thought and he said “they told the point of the chapter or section”.
The lad’s Report:
Overall: Good book.
Liked: I don’t know how to understand this part exactly. I liked most of it.
What did I learn: How to write a book or a story.
Specific example that I liked: How a draft of a story is like a wedding cake and you just add on layer after layer after layer.
Didn’t like: I liked the whole book. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like.
I think, maybe, it would have been good to add some questions to answer after chapters or something.
Recommendation: Get it if you want to know how to write a story or a book.
Writing Radar: Using your Journal to Snoop our and Craft Great Stories.
Farrar Straus Giroux
Language arts, story writing, journaling, writers, middle school
Reviewed for : Raincoast Books
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