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“Martz’s clever graphics make the premise clear to the youngest readers...Parents can now introduce the routine earlier than has been traditional for young fans and, as we all know, participating in tradition is the essence of the love of baseball.”—Newsday 

“...miscommunications have never been so much fun.”—USA Today, 3 out of 4 stars

Who's on First? by Abbott and Costello presents the print version of the duo's hilarious skit, guaranteed to make you laugh.”–Sacramento Bee

“...delightfully illustrated...If you have children who enjoy baseball or softball, this is a perfect complement to their personal library.”—Wired’s Geek Mom

“Martz' version of the story, which stars a rabbit and a bear, has all the goofy humor of the original sketch.”—Boing Boing
“A laugh-out-load read, this book of baseball banter knocks one right out of the park.”The Talking Walnut

“…cannot stop smiling…[this] delightfully illustrated take on the classic comedy skit by Abbott and Costello is for the young . . . and young-at-heart.”—Examiner.com

Who’s on First? is a delightfully funny book with illustrations that bring the routine onto a new platform that even the youngest fan will understand and enjoy.”—Kid Lit Reviews

“Your totz will be instant fans.”—Reader Totz
“…this book’s a hit with me”—Ronna Mandel, Good Reads with Ronna
“A very funny read…”—Fiction State of Mind
“My twelve-year-old thinks both the words and the pictures are very funny and laughed out loud reading it.”—City Book Review
[We] had a blast reading the book…[and] John Martzpresents delightful illustrations that just ‘pop off’ the page.”—Hudson Valley Parent
“If the antics of Abbott and Costello made generations of adults double over with laughter, imagine how much kids will love it when this tale is acted out from the point of view of a rabbit and a bear.  The giggles will be nonstop!  Martz gives his characters all the visual slapstick cues and verbal antics of this Abbott and Costello classic, and brings their brand of comedy to full life for a new generation.  This book is a fantastic introduction to classic American humor.”—Mollie Sultenfuss, Pages Books & Coffee, Newton, KS 

“...be prepared to turn the pages—fast.”—Publishers Weekly

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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.
JOHN MARTZ is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Toronto with his wife and dog. John loves cartoons, comics, and comedy and grew up watching Abbott and Costello movies. He listened to “Who’s on First?” so many times as a kid that he had it memorized.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cute, but not the whole hilarious sketch. 6. August 2013
Von D. Blackburn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I bought a few copies of this book for nieces & nephews to read together at a family reunion. They had a good time playing the parts. It is condensed a little bit from the full sketch, leaving out the part with "When you pay the players, Who gets the money?" "Right, every dollar of it. Sometimes his wife picks it up" "Who's wife?" "Yes."
There may be some other omissions I didn't catch, but if you want a book that little kids will like to read aloud, buy this. Better yet, buy a pair.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Funniest book! Cute pictures! 16. August 2016
Von D. Horn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Very funny book and very well done. My kids don't like baseball and they still think this book is super funny. The illustrations are very engaging. Also, similar to the Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems, the book gets kids wanting to perform the parts, so it is good for early readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen [Child-Tested} Unlock your child's high-level thinking capacity. 10. Februar 2013
Von Sam Chell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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[Since writing the following, I've read this with my grand-daughter (on her 7th birthday). Even though she had been preoccupied with an IPod and LeapPad, she immediately took to playing the role of Abbott as we read through the whole routine. Then she asked to read it again, this time assuming the role of Costello. Then she wanted to do it one more time, inviting a friend to join her this time. I can't say for sure that she "caught on" to the joke at the verbal level, but more importantly she became "caught up" in the fun of reading it, especially when the adults in attendance kept laughing at the joke. This experience would not have been possible with my iPod Touch 5g.]

Like perhaps most other readers, I was initially attracted to this title because of fond memories of the original Bud and Lou routine. It was only when I thought beyond the comedy bit's original entertainment value that I became genuinely excited about the book's potential as a measurement of a child's learning capacity and, perhaps more importantly, as a highly useful tool for unlocking and increasing that capacity.

First, it's probably a good idea to accept the possibility that the book will not immediately appeal to (let alone engage) its intended audience (child or grandchild). For the book to serve as a "key" to high-level thinking in a young reader, it's critical that it be introduced at just the "right" stage in the child's intellectual development (if not this year, or month, perhaps next.)

The writer, illustrator and publisher have gone out of their way to produce a book that's bright and colorful enough to compete with a video screen and appeal to perhaps the majority of young readers. The only "risk" concerns whether the book will secure the child's concentration long enough to produce surprise, frustration, discovery, "talking back" and all of the other signs showing that genuine understanding is taking place. To that end, the writer has employed techniques like repetition and provided extra bits of information to assist the young reader in figuring out what is essentially a "game," or a "puzzle," requiring a solution (at which point, you'll know you've found the "right time" for introducing this "fun" book that is also potentially a powerful learning tool.

[At the risk of "over-intellectualizing" the book, I'll provide a quick professional linguist-educator's perspective. The key to the systematic study of language (advanced linguistics) is an understanding that: 1. The "signifier" and the "signified" (or the word and the thing it refers to) is "arbitrary." There is no logical, or "natural," relationship between the two. A chair could have as easily been named a table; a table, a chair; a kangaroo could be named "potty"; a potty, a kangaroo. Rather than each word representing a one-of-a-kind event, it's part of a "system" of meaning that is the result of human consciousness and its unique language-making capacity. It's this property of language that makes possible the systematic study of language, but, more importantly, it's the key to human beings' capacity for abstract thinking--for naming things not immediately "present" to sensory experience. In other words, language is less a "name" for the thing than a "symbol" of it. When I get this far with a class of college students, I introduce them to the next step in understanding language as the key to human identity and to "thought": 2. Every "signified" in turn becomes a "signifier," leading to limitless discoveries, inventions, and progress--in an individual's development as well as a people's. But before getting ahead of ourselves, let's see how much mileage we can get from sharing this book with the curious, inquisitive mind of a child (when the going seems uphill, I always remind myself that every single child, every human being (even those who won't admit it), desires "knowledge" (which should never be mistaken for the "information" that threatens to overwhelm us wherever we turn).
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Read Aloud To Young Children 10. Februar 2013
Von Kenneth Depree - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
The description states the book is for age 6/grade 1 and up. I agree but only with the proviso that it should be read aloud to young children. Parent and child can have a lot of fun reading this to a child, especially if the reader uses his voice to make clear this is a very humorous book.

Older children are more likely to see the humor on their own, and adults, especially those like me who enjoyed Abbott & Costello "live", will relive those days while reading the book and very likely laugh aloud.

The illustrations in this book are exceptionally good and add to the enjoyment of the book for all ages.

I'm looking forward to reading the book to my grandson on my next visit
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic reimagined for a New Generation 8. Februar 2013
Von Loralee Petersen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This delightful new picture book is based on the classic comedy routine popularized by comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in the 1930's. According to Wikipedia "In Abbott and Costello's version, the premise of the routine is that Abbott is identifying the players on a baseball team to Costello, but their names and nicknames can be interpreted as non-responsive answers to Costello's questions. In this context, the first baseman is named "Who"; thus, the utterance "Who's on first" is ambiguous between the question ("which person is the first baseman?") and the answer ("The name of the first baseman is 'Who'")."

In this picture book, the coach, a bear, tries to explain the baseball team's lineup to the new player, a rabbit. The characters go through the routine. The pictures are simple and comic, a perfect match to the quick, spare dialogue. At the end of the book are some brief notes about the book and links to videos of the routine online.

The "Who's on First" routine is truly timeless. There is nothing about it that feels dated or old fashioned. How wonderful that this classic piece of American humor is being given new life for a new generation to enjoy.
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