It’s NOT Just A Dog by Pam Torres – Book Review & Blog Tour! We have prizes!

20 Jun

Today is a special day!

“What special day is it, Erik?” you ask?

Well, maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway –


In honor of Take your Dog to Work day, I invited Clyde to come along with me for today’s review.

Clyde wanted to read the book “It’s NOT Just A Dog,” because he really liked the title.

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???????????????????????????????It’s a good thing he doesn’t have a real job – I think he’d get fired. 🙂

Now on to Clyde’s pick for today! 😀

Make sure to read all the way to the bottom because there are some great prizes along this tour!


itsnotjustIt’s NOT Just A Dog!

by Pam Torres

268 pages – ages 9+
Published by Legacy Media Press on April 24, 2014

Summary (from author) – School’s out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison’s foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.

When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison’s determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she’ll have to sneak around some shady characters. It’ll be tricky since her dad isn’t happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won’t be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.

In the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!

What I thought – I read the first book in the Project Madison Series, “When Dogs Blog” (see my review HERE). I enjoyed the great message in the book and was happy to see that Ms. Torres wrote a second book. I enjoyed this story very much too. I think that the idea of Madison having a special power of sometimes being able to see into the memory of dogs is a cool thing to write the books around. I love the cover of this book and there are illustrations scattered in the book that are a nice addition. I like Madison’s character. She takes matters into her own hands but also realizes when she needs help. She seems like a believable, independent kid. It is also nice that she has a good relationship with her step-dad (her legal guardian because her mom passed away). It’s nice to see a step-parent shown in a nice way in a story. There are some not so nice topics in the story – dog fights (like the kind where people make dogs fight), putting shelter dogs to sleep, etc., – but I think Ms. Torres handles the topics well for kids. Personally, it’s sad for me to think this stuff goes on. All together Ms. Torres wrote a great story with an even better message – It’s NOT Just a Dog! 🙂

5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks



Project Madison




You can find It’s NOT Just A Dog! at the online stores below:


Barnes And Noble


torresAbout The Author: Pam Torres

Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and did most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early, and had five energetic and creative children, and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories are doing writers’ workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after-school art club.

Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full-time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well-paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him.

The Project Madison Series is her debut middle-grade series. She organized Project Madison around its release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.


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Prize Packages

Grand Prize- Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize- 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages- One 5×7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.


Facebook Page Contests- During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.

Attention Teachers and Parents:

Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween holding my book, a student or relative will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.

In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.)  One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.


57 Responses to “It’s NOT Just A Dog by Pam Torres – Book Review & Blog Tour! We have prizes!”

  1. stanleyandkatrina June 20, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Well, Clyde is adorable, so he doesn’t have to work, too hard. What a fun post and a lovely book. We entered!


  2. Alan Tucker June 20, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Hooray! Fortunately, every day is take my dog to work day around here 😉 Great post!


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Hello Alan! Lilly come to work with me everyday, too. As a matter of fact, she is lying right here next to me. Thanks for stopping by!


      • Alan Tucker June 21, 2014 at 9:36 am #

        Small world, my daughter’s dog is named Lilly 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Ha! Your dog probably (definitely) loves you. 🙂


  3. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog June 20, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    So happy to see Pam’s book here! I have been seeing it around the blogosphere and it sounds like a great read. Perfect for summer! Thank goodness you were able to do all the work and your dog got to do what dog’s do best (loved the pictures). 🙂


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Howdy Stephanie,
      Thanks for swinging by, I know how busy your are. It is a perfect summer read since it’s all about Madison’s summer. Eric did do a awesome job on the post. Clyde is adorable.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      It is a great read! 🙂


  4. Darlene June 20, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Clyde picked a good book! Looks like he enjoyed being taken to work. This book will appeal to all the pet lovers out there!


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      Hi Darlene,
      It’s great to meet you. This really is a great book for pet lovers, not just dog lovers. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      I think his favorite part was the nap. 😉


  5. Lynn A. Davidson June 20, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I am so glad for Clyde to have found the family of his heart, and that you do the “heavy lifting” for him. 😉 You’re a great dog person. I love the photos.
    Great review, by the way.


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      Hello Lynn,

      It’s so nice you took a few minutes to stop by and comment. Clyde appears to be a pretty wonderful dog…maybe I should consider adding Clyde to the next book. He certainly appears to have plenty of personality. Very nice to meet you.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

        I am honored you think that Clyde should be in the next book, Ms. Torres! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes. I do the heavy lifting for him. It IS him. He’s 60-so pounds! And only 1 foot off the floor! 😉


  6. Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Eric, Thanks so much for the nice review and the beautiful blog post. Give Clyde an scratch behind the ears and tummy rub for me. I really appreciate you for hosting the blog tour.


  7. KidLitReviews June 20, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Well, you beat to it, but that is okay. I would be ecstatic to will signed illustrations. I will be moving soon and will have a room just for writing and would love to see illustrations on the wall. Oh, I love the book too. will review soon. And link to yours. I love your reviews!! 🙂

    Dog fighting is a bad thing but needs to be told about so others are aware. Same with overcrowded shelters. If a dog rescue does not step up, or someone does not adopt, a great dog may be put down for space. That is a hard pill to swallow. I hate it. One thing I hope with this move is the ability to take in more dogs than we do now. It is heartbreaking to see the dogs and not be able to help because we are overcrowded as well.

    The other part of this is puppy mills and not spaying or neutering your pet, which adds more unwanted or unadoptable dogs in shelters. This is really a people problem not a dog problem.


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better, it IS a people problem. Unfortunately, like most problems there are several issues at play. Project Madison is about creating a dialogue about those issues. There are some wonderful programs out there and we just have to become knowledgable and spread the word. Good for you to speak out and become involved!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Morris. 🙂 You said that very well. It is a sad thing. This book covers it very well! 🙂


  8. KidLitReviews June 20, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Clyde, you have great taste in books. Did you even consider a cat book? I thought not. I think Eric should take the funds from his wonderful book and buy you a large paw keyboard. There must be one. Ask Stanley or Katrina, I bet they needed one, too. I think you should keep inspiring Eric. He wrote a good re, no, he wrote a great review with you by his side. 🐱


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

      It is a secret how we write our books, but we may tell Clyde because we like him. Shhh. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Clyde says: Yes. I read that entire book and wrote that entire review without Erik helping one bit.
      Erik says: Clyde is a bit delusional. I will work on that paw keyboard. 😉


  9. Robyn Campbell June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Wonderful, awesomely done review. CANNOT wait to read this. I’m MAD for Clyde. WHAT A CUTIE! Love that face and that lazy attitude. HE’S SO COOL! (Your coolness rubbed onto Clyde.) 🙂 Thanks for these pictures. You ARE the BEST!


    • KidLitReviews June 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Wow, spot on! I need you reading my reviews. 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

        Trying to steal my awesome fans, are you, now? 😉 Sure. I share, I think. 😉


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Hello Robyn, it’s very nice to meet you. Yes, Clyde is hard to resist. Thanks for stopping by.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      Aw, thanks Ms. Campbell! Clyde says: I like you… ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzZZ… (he’s still a little wiped out from all that “hard” work) 😉


  10. Catherine Johnson June 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    That sounds exciting Erik.


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Catherine,
      So happy to see your smiling face, anywhere on the internet. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, comment and spread the word.


      • Catherine Johnson June 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

        My pleasure, Pam. Congratulations!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      It is! 😀


  11. Caroline June 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Such a cute dog! It looks like a good book too


  12. Genevieve Petrillo June 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    My question is: Why aren’t these books about ME!! I’m not just a dog, and I’m a dog that blogs. Sheesh. Mom has totally missed the boat on this one. These books sound awesome, E.

    Love and extra licks for Clyde,


    • KidLitReviews June 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      You go, Cupcake! Why isn’t there a book about you AND your momma is a writer! You’re so right: Sheesh!


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Oh, my, I am remiss in not reaching out to you during my research. Perhaps we can connect on your blog…on my way to check it out now! And cut mom some slack, she’s got a lot going on.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 25, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Ha, C! 😀 Tell your Mom to step on it! 🙂


  13. Michelle Isenhoff June 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Aw, I’m so glad Clyde has settled in so well. You did him a big favor by rescuing him, and it looks like he’s doing great at his new job–just being you’re buddy.

    This book looks fabulous. I’m such a sucker for a dog story. I just read a unique one, too. Kibble Talk, by Cynthia Port.


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Hello Michelle,

      Thanks for your kind comments. Clyde definitely looks settled in…totally chill, but in an awesome cool way. I will have to check out the Kibble Talk is sounds interesting.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 25, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Clyde is a great dog. And this is a great book. Thanks for reminding me about Kibble Talk (I need to get that). 🙂


  14. relationspdbeverly June 21, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Great topic, Ms. Torres and good luck with your book.

    I like Clyde. He’s cute!


    • Pamela Thomson Torres June 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Hello Relationspdbeverly,
      I’m glad you like the topic. I’m doing research for the next in the series and I’m looking for suggestions about what to cover. So many interesting animal issues out there. Thanks for coming by.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 25, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Clyde is a wonder-dog. 🙂


  15. writersideup June 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    I’ve been seeing Pam all over the place on her book tour 🙂 Now she’s here! Love the pics of you and Clyde, Erik 🙂


  16. LovableLobo June 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    We love your sidekick, SuperKid! Can we call Clyde….SuperDog or is WonderDog a better fit? Love this post! The book looks like a fun read especially for animal lovers.


  17. readingwithrhythm June 29, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    Looks like Clyde is on his way to becoming an excellent library dog!! He’ll be taking over your job before you know it! It’s always take your dog to work day around here. These days the Dogzilla IS the Mom Person’s work! But we’ve still got our library jobs for the summer. The book sounds pretty fine. It sure has a lot going on in it. Even service dog training?! Sounds like my life! I’ll have to check it out for sure! Thanks Erik!


  18. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Loved the pictures of your canine companion. He looks adorable!


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