Bonjour!

This is my fourth and last review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014, level Miles; read six books and review four.

I have read and reviewed Tsunami and the Single Girl by Krissy Nicholson, Addition by Toni Jordan and Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans. I have also read by Australian women writers: Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth, Picture Perfect Wedding by Fiona Lowe and The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.

Today’s review is about a series of children’s books written by Alarna Rose Gray and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle.

Title: Hello Pepi: A Toy Dog is for Real, Book 1-4-5

Author: Alarna Rose Gray

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Children books

Reviewer: Rita Azar

Summary:

Pepi is an adorable little dog that will find a way to the heart to all children and adults.

 

“There was a little puppy

With a coat of raven silk,

A lightning splash upon his chest

And paws of peppered milk.”

– Alarna Rose Gray, Hello Pepi, self-published 2012, P. 1.

 

There are seven books in the series of Hello Pepi: A Toy Dog is for Real. At the moment, five are out.

Book 1: Hello Pepi

Book 2: First things

Book 3: Goes Parkies

Book 4: Meets Maxi

Book 5: Moves House

I read Book 1 where we meet this cute little dog for the first time and his new friend Mona.

I also read Book 4 and Book 5 where the reader will have the joy to discover more adventures in Pepi’s life and the friends he makes along the way.

My Thoughts:

These books are very special as they are written in beautiful verses and this is what makes them an original and different work from other children’s books. The writing is smart and funny.

The background of this series is interesting. It is inspired by a true story. In fact, the author had a dog called Pepi for sixteen years who has now unfortunately passed away. These books are a tribute to her friend.

Hello Pepi’s series is about friendship and love. As I was reading these books, it reminded me of nice nursery rhymes.

These stories are perfect for children who own and love pets.

The illustrations are beautiful, lovely and pure.

Each book is a short story so it is a perfect read for a child just before bedtime.

What is your favourite children’s book?

Au revoir! 

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#greaseistheword the musical

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by Rita H. Azar on December 15, 2014

Bonjour! 

Grease is the word is a guarantee of laugh, fun and an uncontrollable desire to get up and dance!

It’s ELECTRIFYIN!

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Grease is all about the ups and downs of two groups of teenagers, the T-Birds and The Pink Ladies, with a focus on the love story between Sandy (Gretel Scarlett) and Danny (Rob Mills.)

The show started with Bert Newton as DJ Vince Fontaine playing music hits.  The public was plunged straight away into the hypes of the fifties.

There was an incredible synergy between the actors, it was as if they were friends in real life.  The best thing about the show was that they passed their energy to the public.

It was clear that the actors were having a good time on the stage and this was engaging for the audience.  It was as if each person sitting in the theatre was also a student at Rydell High School participating in the dancing and singing.

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The decor changed from the school to Frenchy’s (Francine Cain) bedroom and other meeting places.

The choreographies were vibrant and effervescent.

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All the cast had amazing voices.  I particularly loved Gretel Scarlett, Sandy, who had a beautiful and versatile voice and Lucy Maunder, Rizzo, with her deep and sad interpretation of There Are Worse Things I Could Do.

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There was no down moments in the show.  It was entertaining and engaging from the very start to the end as the cast sang and danced on You’re the one that I want.

It was such a good feeling to hear again all these unforgettable songs such as Hopelessly Devoted to YouSummer Nights and Beauty School Drop Out.

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The dazzling costumes, the songs the vivid and fast choreographies contributed to make this show a success.

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Grease is the word is truly “The No.1 Party Musical.”  If you are looking for an entertaining and fun show that will leave you with a happy feeling and a huge smile on your face, it is a must see.

Perfect gift for all the family.

Grease is the word is presented at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne until January 2015.

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What is your favorite musical?  Have you seen Grease is the word?

I wasn’t paid to write this post but I received two tickets from ACMN Marketing and Advertising for Grease is the word.  All opinions are my own as stated in my media kit

Credit: Pictures via official website of Grease is the word.

Au revoir! 

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