Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PROFESSOR BINGO PRESENTS DAY: WHY? BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU--REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO
BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"PROFESSOR BINGO
PRESENTS DAY"
I'M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS TUESDAY'S
"PROFESSOR BINGO PRESENTS DAY"
CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULT BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED
WHY?
BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU
An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club
BY JENNIFER ARMSTRONG


ABOUT THE BOOK:

This book will tell the behind-the-scenes story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television's first true cult hits--all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It will reveal, for the first time ever, the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby and Karen, Bobbie and the rest of the beloved cast.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Armstrong is a feature writer for Entertainment Weekly. She has provided pop culture commentary for CNN, VH1, Fox News Channel, and ABC, and her writing has been featured in Salon, MTV.com, Glamour, Budget Travel, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She also co-founded and continues to run SirensMag.com, an alternative online women's magazine. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, and Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest.

MY REVIEW:

Growing up, rushing home to see the Mickey Mouse Club was as natural for me back then, as it is for kids today rushing home to see, uh, er…is it “The Jersey Shore”, or perhaps “Hannah Montana”? Anyway, Jennifer Armstrong gives a wonderful look at the original Mickey Mouse Club in WHY? BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU, and I found out so much I never knew. I didn’t realize the show was actually developed as a marketing vehicle to get people interested in the then “new” Disneyland.!

She describes how the cast was chosen (I did know that Annette was a favorite of Walt Disney’s) and what those Mouseketeers did when the show ended after a short, barely 4 year run. Armstrong also brings readers up to date with what they are all up to today but probably even more importantly, how this one show came to be such a strong influence on how shows are set up and programmed today in television land.

The book isn’t a complete compendium but rather a book of memories and stories about the show, many of which were never told before. So many of the cast went on to do well but there are others who not only didn’t, but did REALLY poorly. A few fun and innocent secrets are shared like the girls on the show going gaga over Zorro, then played by Guy Williams, when they saw him at the studio.

The organization of the book is done through the chapters where the auditions are described, as well as the early part of the show and how it gained popularity. The highlight years are also discussed and there is even time given to a favorite of mine, “Spin and Marty”. Of course, a section is also devoted to the decline and ending of the show which now makes sense because how long could Annette and Cubby, for instance, stay kids? It didn’t make sense to me back then! If you enjoyed the show, it is a pleasant trip down memory lane and if you are too young to have experienced it first hand, WHY BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU will still be an interesting and eye-opening read. Although there are some “inside secrets” revealed as Armstrong does interview most of the cast, there isn’t anybody’s dirty laundry getting aired so don’t look for it. Instead, just enjoy…”M-I-C- See you real soon, K-E-Y- WHY? BECAUSE WE (STILL) LIKE YOU! M-O-U-S-E!

 
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE GOOD
FOLKS AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, 
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS WONDERFUL
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY


HOW TO ENTER


+1 ENTRY: READ ABOUT WHY BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU AND THEN COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY OF MINE YOU HAVE ENTERED. YOU MAY COMMENT ON AS MANY AS YOU HAVE ENTERED THAT ARE STILL GOING ON BUT THEY ONLY COUNT IF YOU COMMENT SEPARATELY
+1 MORE ENTRY: VISIT JENNIFER ARMSTRONG'S WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU FIND THERE 
+1 MORE ENTRY: "LIKE" WHY BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU HERE AND COMMENT ABOUT ENTERING FOR THIS GIVEAWAY. TELL ME YOU DID IT IN A COMMENT HERE AS WELL
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, DECEMBER 30!

GOOD LUCK!

112 comments:

traveler said...

I am interested in this lovely book since I watched this program everyday after school and enjoyed it. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I loved this book!! :)

No need to enter me, I have this one, but I just wanted to read your review!!

Ronalyn said...

I remember see some reruns of the club. I would be interested in reading because I just enjoy biographies.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I would like to win this book because I *do* still like them! My husband and I still sing the song every once in a while! :--)

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Steve Capell said...

I use to race home from school as well to watch this program as well so for nostalgic reasone I would love to have a copy of this book in my library. GREAT giveaway!

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I think it's interesting that something from the 50's is still relevant today when it comes to marketing and advertising. "It will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever in the age of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Glee."
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captainliss40 said...

I would like to win the book for my mom as she loved this show! captainliss40@gmail.com

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Linda Kish said...

It seems like it was on longer than 4 years. I guess since we were so young then and time didn't move as quickly as now. I loved that show. This would be a good look back.

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debbie said...

It would be interesting things I didn't know about the show.
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Bethie said...

I used the love the Mickey Mouse Club as a kid. I remember watching reruns of the old ones. And then they did the remake. I just couldn't get enough. I so wanted to wear those ears.

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CarolNWong said...

I adored this show. I remember getting off the school bus and running with my school books to home, punching in the button to TV to turn this show on. Annette was always my favorite. At the end of the show, off course everyone in our house would be singing, M I C K E Y M O U S E, Mickey Mouse.... Even today I find that the song will return to be sung over and over again in my head!
I would dearly love to win this book as I was such a big fan.


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CarolNWong said...

I tweeted:
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I entered the contest for Cleopatra.



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The author is an expert on Pop Culture. She provides commentaries for CNN, Fox News and ABC.


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CarolNWong said...

I 'Liked" and commented on the Facebook page for "Why, Because We Still Like You" told about this giveawy,and left the blog address.

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holdenj said...

It looks like such a great book about such a timeless show!
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Christa said...

I would like to read Why? Because we still like you, because I grew up watching episodes of the Mickey Mouse club and I think it would be really interesting to see how it started and just little behind the scenes stuff I never knew!

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Christa said...

I just tweeted about this giveaway!
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Christa said...

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Christa said...

I visited Jennifer Armstrong's website and liked her list of review's.

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Christa said...

I "Like" the book on facebook and wrote a comment on the wall!
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bison61 said...

I'd love to read about the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby, Karen, & Bobbie- I loved that show

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- Marybeth I. said...

I used to love the Mickey Mouse Club when i was little

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I loved the Mickey Mouse Club when I was young
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Misusedinnocence said...

My Dad used to watch this show religiously as a kid, and I think he would love to read this book.

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I entered the Family Dinner giveaway.

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I learned that she has a twitter.

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Laura H. said...

I would L-O-V-E to win this book because I can remember watching this show when I was little. And I'd love to hear what everyone has been up to as well as read about what went on behind the scenes. This is a definite TBR book!

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Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/20560430153863168

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Entered "Rescue" giveaway.

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Laura H. said...

From her website, I learned that Ms. Armstrong is a senior writer for "Entertainment Weekly" and appears to be a teen advocate as well.

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Laura H. said...

Liked "Why? Because We Still Like You" on FB and left comment: http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=178760042144631&id=1336711064.

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