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“Who’s on first. What’s on second. I Don’t Know’s on third.” One of the classic comedy sketches of all time is now transformed into a priceless picture book—and it’s a great read for kids of all ages. Follow the mistaken identities, confusion, and lots of laughs as Rabbit and Bear act out this scene. The book will appeal to Abbott and Costello fans, baseball fans, and anyo ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rachel Watkins
I'm in my 40s, my dad just turned 65, and one of my favorite childhood memories is Daddy quoting WHO'S ON FIRST? I realize now that he learned to love this from HIS dad, my grandfather. My children only had a vague sense of who Abbott & Costello were before this book. Having them read this book aloud (over and over and over) and laughing hysterically connected me to my father and grandfather. xoxo
Cruth
Author: Bud Abbott & Lou Costello
Illustrator: John Martz
First Published: 2013
Includes: Short history of "Who's on First?".

Picked this up from the library and the 8yo hasn't stopped quoting it to Dad and giggling madly. Last thing at night, first thing in the morning, "Say 'Who's on first?', Dad!".

I think I'm going mad.

I'm an Aussie. We don't do baseball. Sure, we understand the concept (it's a sport after all) and most Aussie's have played a cut-down version in school PE lessons. We know the
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Christopher
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I remember first seeing the classic Abbott & Costello skit "Who's On First?" when I made a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in my youth. So when I saw this children's book version of the skit I knew I had to get my hands on it. I personally enjoyed reading it and laughing along as Costello, drawn as a small bunny, and Abbott, drawn as a tall bear, went through this skit. And it was still funny to me after all these years. But it didn't see
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Ms. Yingling
This picture book does a great job of introducing the work of Abbott and Costello, the only nonbaseball players to be included in the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, to young readers. The crisp and bright drawings make the story less confusing, with diagrams and the dialogue broken down visually in ways that make things more clear. I love the color palette of the front cover (as my daughter pointed out, baseball's is "America's game", so the red, white and blue make sense), and inside the add ...more
Aubrey
*This book was given to me as an ARC. *

I wanted this book for my daughter, who is too young to understand it (she's 1), but I have always loved this skit by Abbott and Costello, thanks to my Dad. So, we all know the skit, which is hilarious. However, the artwork of the book is wonderful. The characters are cute and are drawn I think to resemble (via bear and rabbit) Abbott and Costello. It was well done and I think added to the skit. My husband and I took turns reading it and couldn't stop laugh
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Anthony Malaschak
I just received this book in the mail from winning it on a Goodreads drawing. When I saw it,I had to sit down and read it immediately. I have always loved this routine by Abbott and Costello. The book is illustrated by John Martz. the routine is as funny as ever and the illustrations are perfect for the book. I love this book. But, alas, I am in my 60's and I wish to pass this little piece of Heaven on to the next generation, so I am going to have my wife pry it out of my hands and send it to my ...more
Kendall Davis
Who's On First? is a quirky and cute recreation of Abbott and Costello's famous comedy skit. The book is an fun illustrated story of the skit, in which Costello thinks Abbott is using pronouns when talking about baseball players, while Abbott thinks Costello understands that those are the actual names of the players.
Children will love this book because of the fun characters and their misunderstanding of each other. While the historical comedy reference may be lost on a younger crowd, parents wi
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Criss
I won this book in the first reads give-away and was so excited when it arrived today. A timeless skit mixed with cute illustrations. I found myself laughing out loud even though I've read this skit numerous times. I now have a new coffee table book!
Meghan
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

This children's book is so cute! My son enjoyed listening to me read this book and enjoyed this pictures. I definitely recommend this for all children especially those with a love for baseball.
Jeff
Very well done. Fun read, but my 6 year old who doesn't have the deep understanding of baseball that he hopefully will have was grinning as I read, but I don't think he really was getting the humor or the references.
Kim
I love this routine and had it memorized when I was a kid. This is the most wonderful tribute to the bit I have ever seen. This is for the whole family, the baseball lover, the Abbot and Costello fan, for everyone.
Whole And
Hysterical kids version of the classic Abbott and Costello 'Who's On First' scene. A great way to connect grandparents or the generation who would know this skit well with the little people in their lives. Many giggles and hoots were shared.

We also used this classic to learn how baseball works and how to spell the team of who, what, where, why, how and when.

Lastly, we also covered the importance of communication, how to and how not to, what's effective in terms of listening and understanding t
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Jessica
Who’s on First? You’ve heard this comedy skit. Maybe not right from William “Bud” Abbot and Lou Costello, but you’ve heard it somehow or somewhere. It wasn’t named best comedy skit of the 20th century for nothing. My favorite version of it as a child was when it was acted out by 2 cartoon mice. Now, the skit is reenacted by a cartoon bunny, bear, and other animals on a baseball team in Who’s on First.

The illustrations are the perfect compliment to the skit. The are cute, but minimal so they don’
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Tim Lewis
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Premise: Take comedy legends Abbott & Costello’s classic sketch explaining who is playing the different positions on a baseball team, illustrate it like a whimsical children’s book, and that’s what you get with Who’s On First?. Costello thinks Abbott is using pronouns when talking about baseball players, while Abbott thinks Costello understands that those are the actual names of the players.

Themes: Who’s On First? centers around the misunderstand
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Emma Apple
We all know this one right? Time magazine called it the best comedy sketch of the 20th century. It’s the classic baseball themed comedy routine. In case you don’t know it: the players name is Who and he’s on first base, a guy named What is on second base, and it goes on from there. I know my kids love these sorts of wordplay jokes, so I thought this one was a guaranteed laugh.

I must say, I was a little disappointed, the routine doesn’t translate as humorously as I hoped it would. It’s cute but n
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Sandy
I absolutely love this book. I saw the skit many years ago and often watch it and now I can see it in book form. The kids will so love this. The illustrations are perfect for the story and it seems like it is word for word from the skit. This is a great way of showing todays kids how great Abbott and Costello were.
Mark Baker
This is a delightful take on the classic comedy sketch illustrated for kids to read and enjoy.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Joella www.cinjoella.com
This is the classical “Who’s on First?” exchange that is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Only it is in a picture book form. And it has fun animals as baseball players. Each baseball player is a different animal. This is perfect for the younger crowd who will surely not mistake a snake or a dog or a chicken for the wrong crazy-named baseball player. And, they will love that I Don’t Give a Hoot (the shortstop) is an owl.

I didn’t know if this book would really work for ki
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Heather
The illustrations were really done well. The story was cute. It led to husband pulling up the youtube of the skit, which I never liked. It was lost on the kids as well. If you like the skit, try the book.
Karen
My brother and I picked this book out of the library for my five-year-old son.

My son LOVED the illustrations, but did not really understand much of the text. I, on the other hand, LOVED reading the text out loud, although I think it would have been improved by two readers and not just one reader trying to do two voices.

So, the text of the classic radio script was, for the most part, over the head of my son. But, still... When was the last time you REALLY enjoyed reading a children's picture bo
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Nickie Brunner
I like Abbott & Costello anyway so for them to take their "Who's On First" routine and turn it into a children's book was genius! Its keeping this part of "history" alive.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Abbott and Costello's most famous comedy routine now in picture book form! Kids will love the cute illustrations as you all giggle your way through this funny book.
babyhippoface
Bud Abbott & Lou Costello are brought to life for a new generation in this colorful picture book. I've always loved that routine, and am curious to see how this is received by kids. The illustrations are okay, not fantastic. There were times I wanted the rabbit (Costello) to have more expression on his face (mostly when he's saying, "THIRD BASE!"). He doesn't look annoyed enough for me. I'm not sure I could read this to a class and have them understand it. It would take two readers, I think, ...more
Eija
Very fun to read aloud with kids, playing the parts of Abbott and Costello.

Fun introduction to A &C and the culture/history of comedy.
Jason
This classic routine translates so well to picture book format, I don't know why no one thought of it before.
Amy
I love this! I have always enjoyed this skit and it was fun to have the illustrations to go along with it!
Beth
"Who's on First" is perhaps one of the best comedic sketches ever written, even after almost seventy years after it was performed. I give kudos to the publishing team in trying to keep this going. However, I have some doubts of its success as a children's book. I greatly enjoyed it because I'm familiar with the sketch and baseball. I'm not sure the average kid will appreciate it as much as I do. Also, the reason why "Who's on First" works so well is because of timing, which can't translate as we ...more
Joel Singer
Very funny, straightforward children's book interpretation of the classic Abbott & Costello skit.
Mary
I liked the illustrations in the book, but found the classic Abbott and Costello routine wearing.
Leslie
Like the book but did not translate well to my six year old. I think we'll stick to the video.
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