Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review - Why? Because We Still Like You by Jennifer Armstrong

M-I-C see you real soon       K-E-Y Why? Because we like you 

TITLE:    Why? Because We Still Like You
INFO:    Hardcover, Non-Fiction, 256 pages
PUBLISHED:   Grand Central Publishing, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-4465-45952
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Publisher for Review

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. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television's finest minds, what made the show so special. And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever, and whether we'll ever see yet another Club for a new generation.   

MY TAKE:   I am a big Disney fan so I was really looking forward to reviewing this book. I watched re-runs of this original cast when I was a kid.  Used to drive the parents nuts running around singing the song.  

I have to admit that I never watched the newer version of the show which launched Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, but I was surprised that there wasn't more details regarding it. Especially since they discuss the possibility of a newer version being created.

The book wasn't quite what I expected after reading the blurb from the publishers.  I didn't find it to be the exciting and gripping read they promised.  There wasn't as much depth as I was looking forward to either.  It seemed to skim over several issues and not delve more into what happened with some of these child stars other than Annette. 

Overall I felt it was a light, nostalgic look back at some of the "kids" that entertained many of us as kids ourselves.  It would be a nice, quick read for a fan of Disney or the Mouseketeers.
MY RATING:    3/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon, The Book Depository, IndieBound

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