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ISBN13: 9781594745904
ISBN10: 1594745900
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Publisher Comments:

“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

Review:

"'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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

WILLIAM “BUD” ABBOTT and LOU COSTELLO (born Louis Francis Cristillo) performed together as Abbott and Costello, an American comedy duo whose work on stage, radio, film, and television made them the most popular comedy team during the 1940s and 1950s.

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Tim Lewis, February 18, 2013 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
Baseball and comedy fans will love Who’s On First? as they reminisce about Abbott and Costello’s famous comedy bit and enjoy this refreshing new take. The comic adaptation is done in a way that is helpful to young readers and adds a bit of cartoon humor into the mix. I will personally love reading this book over and over, and it is something I will love reading to my son as he grows a little older, perhaps even waiting until he can read it himself and knows a little more about the game of baseball to appreciate it fully. It will be fun to read it along with him out loud so he can get the full comedic effect. But Who’s On First? is not just for young readers, as most baseball fans will especially love this cartoon tribute to the comedy legends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594745904
Author:
Abbott, Bud
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Author:
Costello, Lou
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.32 x 11.29 x 0.4 in 1.08 lb
Age Level:
from 6 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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