Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog – Volume 1 By Pam Torres

12 Sep

Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog – Volume 1

By Pam Torres

166 pages – ages 9+ (kindle edition reviewed)

Published by Legacy Media Press on July 21, 2012

Madison Morgan wants a dog. When her step-dad, Henry, brought home a little dog named Lilly for them to foster, Madison wasn’t exactly happy. Lilly wasn’t the kind of dog she would have picked and Madison is angry with her step-dad for not talking to her about it. Madison soon starts to like their little foster dog. One of Madison’s middle-school projects is to make a blog and, she and her partner, Cooper (Madison’s friend), decide to do it on dogs. Madison learns a lot about dogs and fostering, and soon she and Cooper discover a puppy mill (a horrible place for puppies that is illegal) in their neighborhood!

This book has a strong message about abusing dogs. It also has a good story about a middle-school kid.  Madison was one of those characters who I’d like as a friend. She wasn’t set on how she looked, but was just a nice person. She had to deal with just starting middle school in the book. She gets bullied a bit and feels kind of awkward.  Cooper also has a secret he is hiding and Madison is a good friend to him and helps him deal with it. I like the major plot of the book, about Lily and Madison growing to love each other. The story really kept me reading and interested. I liked Henry, Madison’s step-dad. The book said he came into her life when she was three and had become her guardian when her mom died. I wasn’t sure if  her mom was a single mom or did she get a divorce or her husband died. The cover is kind of creepy-cool. I like the colors. I recommend it to kids 9+.

I give “When Dogs Blog” four out of five bookworms.

Ms. Torres donates part of the sales of each book to animal charities. To learn more about Ms. Torres and Madison Morgan, please visit the official Madison Morgan Website by clicking HERE.

29 Responses to “Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog – Volume 1 By Pam Torres”

  1. Angela Brown September 12, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    The title admittedly threw me for a moment but having read this review, it is very fitting. Thanks for sharing about this.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Brown. I thought the title was kind of funny. The story was very good 🙂


  2. Stacy S. Jensen September 12, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Sounds like a good one. My dog blogged for a brief time, but he decided napping was more fun.


  3. jama September 12, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Nice to know part of the sales will go to animal charities. Sounds like a satisfying read. Enjoyed hearing your thoughts . . . ruff ruff!


  4. Genevieve Petrillo September 12, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Rats! This sounds like a good book, and all, but I was hoping it was a book about ME!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake the Blogging Dog


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      It could be a Cupcake biography! Sadly no, but it is a great story about fostering and taking care of dogs.
      Thank you Cupcake!


  5. Kirsten Larson September 12, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    You had me at “Cooper.” What a great name for a character. (It’s the name of my oldest). 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      I bet Cooper would like to see his name in a book 🙂 It is a good story too 🙂


  6. Joanna September 12, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I confess, I’m not crazy about the cover, Erik, but I love what the story is about. Great to have a kids book exposing the horrors of puppy mills.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      That’s OK Miss Marple! Different people like different things 🙂 The story is something I think everyone would like!


  7. Patricia Tilton September 12, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I’m not fond of the cover, but it looks like it incorporates the “rescue theme.” Liked the story and think it is a great one for kids. Such an important issue.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      It is a very good story about fostering and taking care of animals. It is a good read for kids of all ages. Thanks Ms. Tilton!


  8. Pamela Thomson Torres September 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Erik: Thanks fo much for the awesome review. I really appreciate your very kind words.
    Thanks for everyone for stopping by and checking out Madison!


    • Pamela Thomson Torres September 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Ha! It’s too early for me, haven’t had my coffee, yet. Talk about some blaring typos and blundering grammer. I promise the book was edited professionally. 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Torres for taking the time to comment! I really enjoyed your book 😀


  9. Susanna Leonard Hill September 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I love dogs and stories about them, and this one sounds like a good one. When I saw the title, I thought it was going to be like Cupcake – a dog that blogged!


  10. Barb September 13, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    What a cool book! I have a rescue dog (all 9 of my dogs have been rescues) so I love the premise. Thank you so much for sharing this, Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 13, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      I really liked this story. I think people who like dogs will really like it too 🙂


  11. Hannah Holt September 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Another great review. And you seem to be the master of finding books with wonderful causes, too!


  12. Myra GB September 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    The title looks very intriguing, Erik. I have a feeling thst this would be a fast favorite among dog lovers and bibliophiles. 🙂


  13. KidLitReviews June 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I don’t know how I missed this, or why I didn’t comment. I like the themes of the book. I like that she talks about puppy mills, fostering dogs, and falling in love with the foster dog. Many people do this today and then give up the dog to an adoptive home only to take in another foster dog. These people are Godsends to dog rescues. I would be the one falling in love but it would be heartbreaking giving the dog up. I’d probably adopt so many dogs if I tried to do fostering–so I can’t do this.

    But I love the book and will definitely be putting this on my to get list. The cover is kind of odd, I do agree with you Erik. Is Madison rescuing the dog or is the dog rescuing Madison–maybe it is a good cover. Many times I have heard adoptive parents say that the dog rescued them when they rescued the dog by adopting it. That is the strange but nice thing about rescue dogs and cats.

    Nice review Erik. I love the books you choose to review. Or do the books choose you? 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 25, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Maybe you were on vacation and accidentally deleted it when you came back? ❓ This is a great book, and I think it starts the series off well. 🙂



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