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Who's on First?

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  423 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
“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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Mar 20, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
OK BASEBALL FANS...... since it's almost time for spring training games to begin. I thought I'd have a little fun by reading the baseball comedy WHO'S ON FIRST...... for the first time.

I found it interesting to learn that Abbott and Costello first performed the skit in the 1930's and that a short version of their performance can be seen in the 1940 film "One Night in the Tropics" with a longer version in the 1945 film "The Naughty Nineties;" and never having visited the National Baseball Hall of

Mar 03, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball, kids
This is a short kids picture book with a bear as the manager and rabbit as the perspective player that follows Abbott and Costello's comedy sketch Who's on First. I read it to my kids as they ate breakfast this morning and we all enjoyed. Then I showed the actual comedy routine and they were laughing hysterically. Yet another book to help me prepare for baseball season.
Rachel Watkins
Dec 16, 2012 Rachel Watkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, picture-book
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
Ms. Yingling
Dec 31, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2013 Aubrey rated it really liked it
*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
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
Feb 09, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
(Note: Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program)
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 se
Anthony Malaschak
Dec 18, 2012 Anthony Malaschak rated it it was amazing
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
RPL Children's Library
Oct 07, 2016 RPL Children's Library rated it it was amazing
Jose, age 10: I thought the book was funny because Abbott kept talking about second base when Costello was talking about first. And the names were funny because one of them was named "Who" and the other was named "Tomorrow" and other one was named "What" and one was named "I Don't Know" and the last one was named "Because." And there was one more named "Why." And we also watched the video of the real Abbott and Costello.
Kathy Ellen Davis
Jun 15, 2013 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Oh my goodness I was laughing out loud!
As a baseball player and fan and coming from a whole family of similar baseball kids,
I was already familiar with the bit.

And I wondered how it would as a picture book,
since it's basically just a conversation.

but the pictures are really awesome!
And they'll help kids understand the weird names of the players,
and, then, the humor!

Loved this one.
Read this in the junior high school library while waiting to talk to teachers at parent/teacher conference. I LOVED it!! I've always enjoyed the old Abbott and Costello baseball skit and this is word for word the skit illustrated for little kids. Darling pictures, and it kept my teenager and I entertained and laughing.
Mar 13, 2013 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2nd, humor, sports
Age: Kindergarten+
Sports: Baseball

A finely illustrated rendition of the famous Abbott and Costello routine. The illustrations allow younger children to be able to understand this humorous word play. Also complete with a history of the routine in the back of the book.
Dec 16, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 08, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2012 Criss rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 25, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 11, 2016 Suki rated it really liked it
I checked this out from the library without telling Kaelyn. She read it one night and loved it. So I showed her the Abbott & Costello sketch.
May 04, 2017 KidsBooksWorthReading rated it it was amazing
Baseball season is here and we couldn't be happier. What better time to share this book based on the famed comedy duo, Abbott and Costello. This book is especially fun to read with a buddy. It reads just like the classic sketch. My four year old loves this one and has learned to read/memorized this one quickly. We've had so much fun reenacting this book and it's old school comic genius. (We've even recorded a few versions. :) Illustrator John Martz with the cutest animal versions of Abbott and C ...more
Tim Lewis
Read the review on my blog: Tim's Book Reviews

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
Kendall Davis
Feb 15, 2015 Kendall Davis rated it liked it
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
Feb 18, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
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’
Emma Apple
Jun 10, 2015 Emma Apple rated it it was ok
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
Mar 08, 2013 Joella rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
"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
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
Sep 27, 2013 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This was a cute book. I was having a discussion (sort of) with a fellow librarian about this book. She didn't find it all that funny but she thought it was because she's seen the skit so many times. I thought it was funny and super cute probably because I've only seen the skit a couple times. I enjoyed seeing a bunny and a bear go back and forth-- something about confused angry rabbits makes me giggle. The illustrations are simple and cute and would be a good introduction for youngsters to the c ...more
Stephanie Ziegler
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie Ziegler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children
I usually do not give out 5 stars unless we have achieved a bit of perfection. I think I grew up in the generation when I heard my elders laughing about who's on first but I have never seen Abbott & Costello perform "the best comedy sketch of the 20th century." Putting this joke into a children's book is a great way to pass the fun down to generations to come.

I cannot wait to have children and be able to read this book, using different voices and becoming more exacerbated in tone. This book
Jun 24, 2013 Kira rated it really liked it
Love it! I entered the giveaway for this book because my mom is looking to adopt and I'm trying to stockpile a home library for the future baby(s).
My mom used recite bits from the old Abbot & Costello "Who's on First" skit to me when I was a kid. I saw the title and immediately entered the giveaway. She loves this book. It has all the charm of the old skit and adorable illustrations to go along with it!
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