The Starcatcher's Story

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By Pedro Oliveira

"I feel them all around me
As if they're looking for me
I'm sure they're protecting me
You're all so close to me
And don't you never ever leave me!"


Every night before I fall asleep
I look out of my window and always see
A shadow sitting in the moon
With a fishing rod and wizard hat
I swear he is catching the stars
Why would someone do that?



Hey, you with the the fishing rod and wizard hat!
Tell me what are those stars you're looking at!

"They are wishes and dreams
They are hopes and fears
From the children, who before going to sleep
Look at the sky and make a wish
Hoping that tomorrow
Won't be full of sorrow."

Hey, you who sits on the moon!
Why are you catching the stars? Are you a loon?

"Those stars full of dreams and wishes
I catch them like fishes!
So I can take them to the angels
Who will make them come true
Just like the children wanted to."



"I've been catching stars since forever.
They have many sizes, shapes and forms...
Do you want me to catch yours?"

Hey, you who are awake when others sleep!
Can you teach me how to make a wish?

"Close your eyes and listen to your heart
It will tell you what you feel
And the wish you want to be fulfilled."



Hey, you who carries the wishes!
How do you give them to the angels?

"Shortly before the sun is born
An angel comes from above.
I give him the shining stars
And they fly above the clouds.

What happens next I do not know
But I have faith in them.
There they keep our souls...
and I'm sure our wishes are there too.

Do you believe it too?"

                    THE END


"Starless world, starless world.
Hey, where have you gone?
It seems there are no souls...
Where did yours go?"


by Pedro Oliveira a.ka. *zungzwang

A story about stars, wishes, moon and you.


All rights reserved.
(c) Pedro Oliveira
Story and Artwork by me.

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THANK YOU =bowie-loon123 :heart: and ~OuroborosA :love: for the GREAT help with the grammar and everything else! I really really appreciate it.

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Astrikos's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

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My my. This is a lovely deviation.


Well, this is quite original, but some of the similies/metaphors/ and other poetic devices have been used before. Yet, I feel like you put your own unique spin on this piece.

I think your vision is nice. It reflects mostly on your idea, yet some of your vision is a bit 'jumpy'.


For the most part, your rhyme stucture is nice. yet, I have a few minor suggestions. For one, in the first stanza the ending of me is a bit too repetitive.

For stanzas two and three, you restate wizard hat to get your poem to rhyme, which is a bit repetitive. You also restate sleep many times, and catching the stars. the latter does make more sense though. I think you should work on trying to keep the rhyme, while mixing up some words. repeating a word so it still rhymes in a slightly different way really takes off the impact.

Still, it's a very touching poem.

Your art, though, matches your poem beautifully and has wonderful colors and the perfect style to complement.


Very sweet and touching. Yet, is slightly held back from repetitive word use and phrasing. (this does not include the star wisher/ catcher of stars. That's a very nice touch)

Overall, a very nice poem. Polished and touching. very nicely done!~
zungzwang's avatar
Thank you so much for the thoughtful critique. Really, really helpful. :aww:

I'll try to come up with some ideas so the rhyming doesn't get too repetitive. I actually didn't notice all those repetitions so I appreciate it that you pointed them out!

Thank you again. :hug:
Astrikos's avatar

It was my pleasure^.^


It's truly a beautiful piece!
garraswolfgirl's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I thought this was absoulty amasing!
The cover thing was beautiful! Realy got my attention!
I like how it sort of looked like a scrap book, if you catch what im talking about, like some things popped out more than others. Ithad a realy cool efect! if i saw it in a store id certanly want to pick it up and look at it!

I am terrible with grammer, so the best i can tell you about your writing is that its based a little to uch for kids. Itd be great for a little kids book, but it should also be a little more intertaining for adults to. Maybe use some diffrent variations of words. Maybe instead of stars every time you could find another word from a thesaurus.
zungzwang's avatar
Thank you very much! I really appreciate you taking the time to type that critique!

You're right about the word "stars" appearing a lot in the story but since the theme revolves around them, I wasn't sure how I would pull this off without repeating it so much, ahah. :giggle:

I'll try to think of something! :aww:

Thank you again! :heart:
garraswolfgirl's avatar
Your very welcome! :hug:
whatonearth's avatar
You do realize five stars means perfection right? You are being too lenient with the rating. o_O
garraswolfgirl's avatar
Not great that this yet. Im going off my opinion
whatonearth's avatar
What you gave was praise, not critique. :/
bowie-loon123's avatar
:star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Hi there Pedro! I apologize for the delay in my critique, I have been busy recently. Bear in mind that everything I say here is merely my opinion and that it's entirely your choice what you make of it (and I don't claim to be any expert!). I'm only here to help. <img src="…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/>

I feel you have a strong style and can very tactfully deliver a piece intended for a younger audience that those of all age groups can relate to and thoroughly appreciate. It's a great ability to have.

I enjoyed the overall vision of the piece and how it was portrayed. You did a good job there. The idea isn't completely original - I am positive I have heard something a lot like this before - but not completely unoriginal either. It would be nice to see ideas that haven't been done much in kid's books. I think some write similar ideas because children like a bit of familiarity and subconsciously or consciously, writers find it easier. However, I think children are capable of appreciating unique concepts as well.

I think you used your idea uniquely, however. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":nod:" title="Nod"/>

Your technique in delivering this story overall is great, but there is some sloppiness here and there. I will help you with that piece by piece below in separate categories: Flow, and Grammar.

Now, one aspect of the piece that repeatedly bothered me is flow. Since this is primarily a story for children, I made sure I read this out loud a few times, since it's likely to be read aloud by children and parents. I sometimes found the long lines mixed with short lines a little too abrupt. For example:

"I'm sure they're protecting me
You're all close to me
And don't you never ever leave me

"You're all close to me" seems out of place. The other two lines contain a lot more syllables, and rhythm is important. I think adding in a word or two would help a little. Examples would be "You're all so close to me" or You're all very close to me." This would help the piece flow better.

Another example for me would be "I go to my window and always see..." "Go to" sounds abrupt and misplaced. I think "I look out of my window and always see." It's more correct grammatically and flows better.

"I could swear he is catching the stars" would sound much better as "I swear he is catching the stars" or "I swear he catches the stars."

"I could swear" flows badly, and even sounds incorrect.

"Can you tell me what are those stars you're looking at?" is very clunky. Simply removing a couple of words will make a big difference. "Can you tell me what are those stars you're looking at?"

With the rest of the piece, "Tell me what stars you're looking at!" flows far, far better in my opinion.

I advise taking "the" out of "Hey, you who are awake when the others sleep!"

I strongly recommend that you ask someone - a friend, or family member - to read this poem aloud to you. The reason why I don't want you to read it aloud yourself is because it's difficult for a writer to notice his/her own flaws. If someone else reads it out, you will understand how it comes across, how that conflicts with how you want it to come across and where you can make changes.

I noticed that throughout this piece you made quite a few simple grammar mistakes. They're quite small, but even little errors can be the difference between a good poem and a brilliant poem.

"Look in the sky and make a wish" should be "Look at the sky and make a wish."

Additionally, "From the children who before going to sleep" needs a comma. All together it doesn't flow well or sound right. Simply using a bit of punctuation can make a huge difference: "From the children, who before going to sleep..." It provides a brief pause, makes the sentence seem correct and enhances the flow.

"A bit before the sun is born" sounds out of place. I like the alliteration, but keeping the flow and sounding correct comes first. "Shortly before the sun is born" would work, and provide extra alliteration. Even Before the sun is born" would do the trick.

"They keep there our souls..." should be "There they keep our souls..."

Overall, I enjoyed this piece. I feel adults can enjoy this as much as any child and that this gives readers a lot of hope as you intended. The imagery was lovely and the ideas were well-executed. The artwork is beautiful and fitting, too. With a bit of tweaking and re-drafting here and there, you could make this piece that little bit better and it will reach a publishable standard. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Well done, and I hope this critique will help you develop as a writer. Remember that everything I said was only my point of view and I'm not forcing my opinions upon you. Good luck! <img src="…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/>
zungzwang's avatar
I don't think I am able to thank you enough for doing this. Thank you so so so much for this great help! You're absolutely right, everything looks so much better now! Even when I read it out loud, such a difference! I'm completely amazed. :aww:

Thank you, thank you. I'm not sure what more I can say.. I'm so happy! :hug:
bowie-loon123's avatar
Aww you're welcome, I'm so glad I helped! :tighthug:

It looks fantastic now, and flows much better! :) Good luck and I hope this becomes a successful kid's story! :huggle::heart:
Foxy-Knight's avatar
This is a beautiful piece my friend, it's quite a darling little bedtime story to send your kids to sleep on.
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ExplosiveSplatter's avatar
Wow. Such a beautiful piece. Instant :+fav:
zungzwang's avatar
Thank you so much! i'm really glad you enjoyed this little story. :heart:
DeviousWitch's avatar
I really love this story and poem of yours, it's wonderful, i'm sure children would love to read this (well, people every age actually, especially the dreamy persons :) ) =D
Well-written poem, i love the rhyme :)
zungzwang's avatar
Thank you for your always kind words. :heart: I truly appreciate all of your comments. :tighthug:
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Erazona's avatar
What a lovely piece of art! Great job with this!
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