Who's on First?
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The illustrations are the perfect compliment to the skit. The are cute, but minimal so they don’ ...more
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 ...more
I didn’t know if this book would really work for ki ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I cannot wait to have children and be able to read this book, using different voices and becoming more exacerbated in tone. This book ...more
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!