Review: ‘Who’s on First?’ by Abbott & Costello

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.

rereadableThe illustrations are the perfect compliment to the skit. The are cute, but minimal so they don’t distract from the confusion of figuring out which players cover which positions. Even though Abbott, the poor rabbit trying to decipher the names of this teammates, ha no clue what’s going on, every player is labeled clearly. When the skits gets very confusion, zipping lines make little mazes for children to trace and understand which animal plays what.

momapproved iconWhile Who’s on First? is a children’s picture book, it was a fabulous trip down memory lane for me. Anyone who is a baseball or Abbot and Costello fan will enjoy the book.

5 stars

Genre: Children’s, Sports, Comedy

Release Date: February 19, 2013

About Who’s on First?

“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 anyone who enjoys funny banter-driven picture books. Illustrated in full color with slightly retro stylized illustrations.

“The book is stunning ~ dad and Bud would be proud!!”—Chris Costello, Daughter of Lou Costello

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About the Authors

Abbott (top) and Costello (below)

William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello are among the most famous duos in entertainment history. Together, they starred in 36 films and made countless appearances on television and radio. In 1956, they were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In 1999, Time magazine named “Who’s on First?” the best comedy sketch of the 20th century.

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