“Who’s on first. What’s on second. I Don’t Know’s on third.” This classic comedy routine by Golden Age comedians, Abbott and Costello has been illustrated by artist John Martz in a book. This sketch is well known and loved by baseball fans alike and I make no exception for myself. What got me excited about this book was reading it to my five year old son, who’s just starting to take an interest in learning more about baseball. We play catch and hit balls fairly often and he’s really taking a shine to doing that.
This book is a really great way of turning this hilarious sketch into a way that younger children can relate to by associating the pictures to the story. The concept of having a name like “Who” or “What” is a little too abstract of a concept for younger kids, so it took going through a few times for my son to understand what was going on in the story. I would recommend ages six to seven are a great place to start with your children with this book. Once he able to understand why the bunny manager was confused by the names of his players, he was able to start enjoying the book a whole lot more. It is now a fixture in our night time reading routine, and is often selected by him for to be read.
The key to this book are the illustrations. They’re bright, vibrant and easy for younger kids to relate to and enjoy with them being animals, and they complement the story greatly. I highly recommend this book to people with younger kids that have taken an interest in sports. It exposes them to a Golden Age of comedy, and should never be lost from today’s society. It give me a good trip down memory lane when I read this book with him. There are a lot of easy “sight words” in the book too, so even my son is able to now read most of the story by himself now.