Who's on First?
“Miscommunications have never been so much fun” than in this laugh-out-loud picture book that will delight classic comedy fans, baseball lovers, and readers of all ages—based on the beloved Abbott and Costello comedy sketch (USA Today)
“Who’s On First?” is one of the great comedy bits of all time—popular not just with fans of Abbott and Costello but also with lovers of baseball and comedy. Now, the classic sketch has been transformed into a priceless picture book for kids of all ages!
Follow the mistaken identities, confusion, and lots of laughs as the new baseball catcher, Rabbit, asks coach Bear the names of the other players on their team (“Who’s on first. What’s on second. I Don’t Know’s on third.”). Full of silly banter and retro-style illustrations, this charming picture book breathes new life into a landmark of sketch comedy—and is sure to delight young readers and their parents.
“The book is stunning ~ dad and Bud would be proud!!” —Chris Costello, Daughter of Lou Costello
"Who's On First?" is one of the crown jewels of our comedic cultural heritage, so a tip of the hat to Martz (Dear Flyary) for introducing a new generation to its glories. With source material so good, can any adaptation live up to expectations? Maybe not, but Martz does a solid job of translating the skit to picture book form. Abbott's players with "some funny names" receive actual personas (Who is a snake, What is a blue dog, I Don't Know is a chicken), and Martz breaks down the story into comics-style framing and speech bubbles. The rapid-fire rapport between Costello (a plump white rabbit) and Abbott (a big brown bear) is drained of some of its manic energy, and Martz's stylized digital characterizations also dial down the real joy (and meta-meaning) of the skit: Costello's high-pitched, escalating agitation in the face of Abbott's gravel-voiced rationality and authority. So here's the plan: play one of the many versions of the skit available online. Once those amazing voices and rhythms are ingrained in readers' minds, read the book aloud. And be prepared to turn the pages fast. Ages 7 up.